Ted Garber Benefit Concert

Warner Sanctuary, 7:00 pm, Wednesday, September 10

DC native Ted Garber returns for his third annual solo performance to benefit global charities at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, September 10, at Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church in Kensington, MD. Ted will bring his genre-bending "BluesAmericanaRock" guitar and harmonica playing to the Warner Sanctuary to benefit Development Specialist Ruth Brown's public health work in the Republic of the Congo, Hope Unlimited for Children in Brazil, and Independent Development Professional, Peter Graeff, in Haiti.  Admission to the concert is with a suggested minimum donation of $15 for adults and $10 for school age children.  All proceeds will be donated to the three charities.  Warner is located at 10123 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, with free parking in Warner's lot directly across Connecticut Avenue.  Click here for directions.


http://www.warnermemorial.org/uploads/TED-GARBER-12-BODY.jpgTed Garber has been garnering notoriety and acclaim throughout the DC area for years. His style combines classic showmanship with a captivating singer-songwriter sensibility. His smoky, bluesy vocals, howling harmonica riffs, and screaming guitar licks are enticing audiences worldwide.  A DC native, Garber’s music is a combination of three major inspirations—his late folk musician father, the New Orleans rhythm and blues scene, and his love of travel, culture and language. Recently, Garber received the Washington Area Music Award for 2010 Pop-Rock Recording of the Year, recognizing his independently released studio album "American Rail".  An engaging storyteller and natural entertainer, Garber interacts heartily with the crowd during his up-tempo numbers and draws listeners in with intimate, soulful ballads.  http://www.warnermemorial.org/uploads/TED_GARBER_PORTRAIT.jpgFollowing in the footsteps of his late father Holly Garber, a popular DC-area musician, he has gone on to perform in more than a dozen states and thirty countries, packing venues as diverse as DC’s legendary 9:30 Club, the Viper Room in Los Angeles and Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe.   As a boy growing up in Kensington and attending Garrett Park Elementary and Tilden Intermediate (now "Middle") schools, Ted attended Warner with his family in the 1980's and participated in the children's and youth choir, the youth group and Warner's theatrical productions.  Since moving back to Montgomery County a few years ago, Ted has resumed his affiliation with Warner and regularly attends Sunday services whenever his tour schedule permits.

His musical debut on guitar was actually the Warner candlelight Christmas service in 1988, when he played and sang "Silent Night" in front of the entire congregation.
  Ted writes, "I get a genuinely wonderful and uplifting feeling from the entire Warner congregation.  Its members are sincerely interested in the lives of everyone, even one-time visitors, and their earnest commitment to community, humanity and humility is inspiring.  In spite of being the son of a prominent local musician, it was the encouragement and support of Warner's Musical Director, John Horman, that brought out my earliest vocals.  I can honestly say that John was fundamental in developing the love I have for singing, and I am very much in his debt."


http://www.warnermemorial.org/uploads/RUTH-BROWN.jpgThe charities benefiting from the concert are just three of the many that Warner Memorial has supported over many years.  Ruth Brown brings 25 years of public health experience to mission service and a deep commitment to serve Christ by empowering people. As a development specialist, Ruth works with communities to address the root causes of hunger and poor health rather than just treat symptoms. She strives to help adults and youth evaluate their situations and develop solutions that will serve the entire community. “This building up of people is the work of social justice, which, according to what my family and my church have always taught me, is the will of God,” she says.  Ruth’s history with the African continent goes back to 1979, when she served in the Peace Corps first in the Ivory Coast, where she taught English, and then in the Central African Republic, where her focus was health promotion.



Hope Unlimited for Children in Brazil ministers to the physical, intellectual, and spiritual needs of some of the world's most desperate kids - the street children of Brazil.  Their award-winning residential programs provide transformational care while equipping these children to live successful, productive lives as adult members of society.  Hope Unlimited's vision for Brazil was launched in 1991 when thousands of vulnerable street children were being systematically killed by gunmen hired largely by local business leaders.  Their purpose for these killings was to eradicate a "public nuisance"- street children.  Hope Unlimited currently serves over 1250 children in a variety of programs.


PETER GRAEFFPeter Graeff has served Haiti in Port-au-Prince and the island of La  Gonave as an Independent Development Professional for over 25 years.  Peter works directly with Haitians on health, education, and water issues.  He is entirely dependent on donations and is supported by a variety of organizations including Warner Memorial, Church World Service, and the KFLA Haitian Relief Fund.  Peter grew up at Warner and his mission work has been supported by Warner for decades.