The Widows Project to host holiday concert fundraiser

By Brandon Gustafson | Nov 22, 2017

The Widows Project, a Snohomish County resource for the widowed, is hosting its first Christmas benefit concert at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., on Sunday, Dec. 10.

“We believe that this event will bring us in contact with the widowed of our community, create awareness in the community of the issue of widowhood, and provide a time of celebration at a difficult time of the year,” said Rolland Wright, the president and founder of the Widows Project.

The concert will start at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Breath of Aire choir.

Scott Lee is the event’s emcee, and Deanna Sarkar is a special guest violinist for the concert.

“I founded the Widows Project from a conviction that the Bible gives us instruction to care for certain people, the poor, the orphan and the widow, and as I researched each of those groups I found that the widow was the most underserved,” Wright said. “I also discovered in the parable of the Good Samaritan that I had walked by the widowed without noticing them, and that I purposed to change that in my life. The Widows Project became a legal entity in December 2015 and a 501c3 non-profit in September 2016.”

Wright also has a personal reason for choosing to do a concert for their fundraising event.

“I used to sing with Breath of Aire, the choir that is doing our concert,” Wright said. “Christmas is a great time to honor the widowed and help them survive the holidays as well as raise awareness of our organization.”

Every attending widowed person will receive a gift.

Wright said that widows who attend will receive a membership to the Widows Project, as well as their choice of a mug, a gift card to Chic-Fil-A or two tote bags.

The Widows Project is a free online membership community designed for the widowed to receive and access resources such as The Widows Project Magazine, group grief support classes, quarterly events, church information and an organizational directory.

“We are building an online directory of businesses in every spectrum to provide their product or service to the widowed honestly and ethically,” Wright said.

According to their website, their mission is to, “Uniquely serve widows and widowers with the love of Jesus, then provide that model to a coalition of ministries that champion the intentional ministry of serving the widow and widower with the love of Jesus.”

According to Wright, money raised at the concert will go toward providing resources to the widowed of Snohomish County.

Tickets for the concert are $16 and $11 for seniors 65 and over.

Tickets are available online at www.thewidowsproject.org.

 

 

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