By the Dawn’s Early Light
We were proud to sing our country’s national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner,” before 13,000 people at the Chicago White Sox game July 31. Photo courtesy of Chicago White Sox; video, board member Rich Carlson.
“Rhythm, harmony peace with oneself… that eluded me my entire life, but I found that being part of a choir,” Amanda Longué-Asque told a WBEZ reporter in an interview at the end of July.
Asque, who came to St. Martin de Porres House of Hope 11 years ago to address her drug addiction and now works there as an addiction coach, was one of 12 women and men, led by our executive director Marge Nykaza, who sang the national anthem at the White Sox-Blue Jays game Monday, July 31.
In addition to WBEZ, DNAInfo covered the story.
Guaranteed Rate Field was about a third full -- which translates to 13,000 people at the game, according to ESPN. Prior to this concert, that was nearly as many people as the Ensemble reaches in a typical year!
We are indebted to Sister Therese and the House of Hope for helping us get an opportunity to audition to sing the National Anthem at the ballpark. The July 31 game was also a fundraiser for the recovery home.
Speaking of thank-yous, you may have noticed our sharp t-shirts with the Harmony, Hope & Healing logo -- we are grateful to Neary-Martin corporate branding consultants for arranging -- and printing -- them for us.
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