Year of Peace fundraiser supports upcoming events

October 19, 2009 by

More than 50 people came to the Motherhouse Saturday evening, to sample wines, enjoy music and support the Concordia Year of Peace.

Together they donated nearly $825 to help pay for workshops, speakers and informational materials for the citywide effort that began in September.

Sister Marcia Allen, president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, welcomed the crowd to the evening of wine tasting, and Sister Jean Rosemarynoski, who chairs the Concordia Year of Peace Committee, explained how the 16-month project came about and why it’s needed. Pat Gerhardt, Sue Sutton and Kim Krull all spoke on why they personally were involved and supporting the Year of Peace.

Patrick Sieben, a music instructor at Cloud County Community College and a member of the Year of Peace Committee, had invited a saxophone quartet that provided entertainment throughout the evening. He also taught the participants two songs he composed for the Year of Peace, and then led them all in a sing-along.

Toby Nosker was the emcee for the event, and Donna Brummet provided the catering.

In mid September, Mayor Greg Hattan signed an official proclamation marking the start of the Concordia Year of Peace, and the kick off for events was a float in the Fall Fest parade Sept. 26. There are also weekly columns, published each Friday courtesy of the Concordia Blade-Empire, by people of all ages from throughout the community that will address all aspects of peace and living a nonviolent life.

Year of Peace events will continue through December 2010.


One Response to “Year of Peace fundraiser supports upcoming events”

  1. Bette Moslander on October 20th, 2009 11:51 am

    Although I was unable to be present for the Fund Raiser for the Year of Peace work, from what I have heard it was a lovely evening. It seems to me that the YOP Committee is ac-
    complishing one good thing after another. I am finding myself
    deeply motivated by the workshop on nonviolence sponsered by the YOP in our public library on Wednesday evenings. I continue to be amazed at how this Year Of Peace Movement has takenoff in our town of Concordia. Thanks to all who work on this Committee. Bette

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