Monday, October 8, 2007

Live With Purpose, Party With A Cause

"Live With Purpose, Party With A Cause" Benefit Concert & Silent Auction

Featuring Master African Drummer Obo Addy, Local Slide Guitarist David Bowers

(Bend, OR) Rarely does a night of live world beat music and fine art in Bend directly improve the lives of desperately poor children living half a world away. "Live With Purpose, Party With A Cause," a fund raising event for locally based grassroots nonprofit Vima Lupwa Homes, promises to deliver on both.

Sunday, October 28, at the Domino Room, master African drummer Obo Addy headlines an evening of music and art, a silent auction and raffles of cool schwag. Doors open and silent auction and raffle items will be available for viewing and bidding beginning at 6:00 pm, with music featuring local slide guitar wiz David Bowers beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Proceeds from the evening go directly toward meeting and sustaining the daily basic needs of Zambian orphan children living in their new home, the Vima Lupwa Home. Ensuring the children's continued health, providing education and job skills, maintaining their garden and chickens for food as well as for income, providing bicycles for transportation and supporting their new bicycle repair business are all components of Vima Lupwa's plan to make the home self-sustaining over time.

21-year-old Central Oregon Community College student and Bend native, Malerie Pratt, founded Vima Lupwa Homes. "She's not one of those super-liberal weeping heart people that's all talk, no action," Joyce Boone, Pratt's high school English teacher, recently told The Bulletin. "She just believes in people and that's why I think she's been so successful. She thinks, 'What do they need and how can I get it to them?'"

For details or to make donations, visit

Tickets are available downtown Bend at Douglas Fine Jewelry Design in
St. Clair Place on Minnesota Ave., 541-389-2901, and at Thump Coffee at
25 Minnesota Ave., 388-0226.

The Domino Room is located at 51 NW Greenwood Ave. in Bend, phone

Live With Purpose, Party With A Cause is sponsored by the Sanders-Vega Family, Douglas Fine Jewelry Design, Tyler & Studebaker, Willis Builders, The Jackalope Grill and Kialoa.

:: For more about Obo Addy and his music, visit

:: For more about David Bowers, see

:: For more about the Vima Lupwa Homes project, go to
Phone: 541-420-9634

Media Contact:
Harold Olaf Cecil, Ad HOC, 541-815-9829


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