Updated: Sep 6, 2018
Harmony, Hope & Healing was born 15 years ago “with a dream, hard work and determination, and help from many people,” Sister Cathleen Cahill told a group that included quite a few of those original helpers Sunday.
More than 250 people filled the chapel at Mercy Circle on the South Side for the first of four 15 Years/15 Songs concerts. The event was held blocks from where inaugural board members held their meeting around founder Marge Nykaza’s kitchen table in February 2003. A combination “friendraiser,” fundraiser, and thank-you to people who made our organization and work possible, the event got a year of celebrations off to a great start.
The concert featured songs and stories of our work, from the Navajo-inspired “Prayer of Peace” to HHH favorites such as “If You’re Out There” and “Bambelela”--the South African spiritual whose meaning translates to “never give up.”
Singers introduced themselves and shared their connection to the organization and our founder, Marge Nykaza. “When you hang out with Marge it’s a rough ride,” longtime board member and 2018 Heart of Harmony, Hope & Healing award winner Angela Hicks joked with the crowd. “You just get pressed into service.”
Hicks shared her story of what happened when a lead singer was unable to make it to a recording session for the Ensemble’s first CD: She ended up with the lead role instead--although, Hicks neglected to mention, she also has a wonderful voice.
Next up: Heart Beat 2018, our annual benefit and biggest fundraiser of the year. It is being held Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Galleria Marchetti.