March 16 through March 19 • 7 pm

For her selfless service to others, Kenyon Hall is honoring Pat with a four-night series of events at the hall, 7904 35th Avenue S.W., in West Seattle, Sunday through Wednesday, March 16-19 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to come to any or all of the four events. Pat and the choir will sing at each event, and the choir will provide homemade desserts. There will be no admission charge. A good will offering will be collected for the Mississippi Bryant family.

 

Choir
Keeping Hope Alive on the Gulf - Pat & Choir

 

Shopping
Shopping for Supplies

Contributions may be made in cash, checks to Seattle Artists, the tax-exempt non-profit organization of which the Total Experience Gospel Choir is a program, or, preferably, a gift card to Lowe's, WalMart, or Home Depot, the only stores open in Gulfport where building and furnishing materials may be purchased.

More information about the choir is at
totalexperiencegospelchoir.com

PAT WRIGHT
Total Experience
Gospel Choir

Post Katrina Humanitarian and
ABC Person of the Week

 

I'm guessing that most of you know of Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir from their appearances during the last 34 years, bringing inspiration and joy to thousands in the Seattle community. You may have attended one of Intiman Theater's "Black Nativity" performances, which feature Pat and the choir. Or maybe you heard them at the Folk Life festival, or at The Gorge. You may not know another side of this remarkable woman from Carthage, Texas, her active philanthropic life.

Since hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, Pat Wright has widened her humanitarian activities to include the residents of the Mississippi coast, folks who for the past two and a half years have been largely ignored by the government that promised to help them.

As a result of her ability to turn hopelessness into hope for so many, she has received special recognition from ABC-TV World News Tonight with Charlie Gibson. Last May she was named their Person of the Week, and in December she was named one of three Persons of the Year!

Pat's current Mississippi project has concentrated on the tearing down and rebuilding of the home of Yusuf and Judy Bryant, hard-working Gulfport homeowners who have spent the last few years helping others rebuild, and who now are accepting our help. As Pat says, "The caregivers need to be taken care of."

The Bryant rebuilding project shifts into high gear March 23-29, when Pat and the choir will travel to Gulfport, where they'll be joined by over forty high school and college students from Seattle, and a contingent from the Marine Corps in Gulfport, to complete the rebuild. (see side bar)

On Sunday and Monday, March 16 and 17 at 7 p.m., Pat will be interviewed by Seattle Times journalist Nicole Brodeur, who has traveled with the choir to the south.

Tuesday, March 18, at 7 p.m., Pat will conduct the choir in an open rehearsal, and they'll be joined by Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron.

Wednesday, March 19, at 7 p.m., Pat will conduct a speaker-phone interview with Yusuf Bryant and Jim Moore, the foreman in Gulfport, to discuss the situation facing the group when they arrive a few days later.

Seating for these events is limited, so it'd be a good idea to make a reservation either by calling (206) 937-3613 or by e-mailing kenyonhall@earthlink.net.

I've worked with Pat as her accompanist for many years, and have played piano for the choir for the last two, during which time I've watched and been moved as Pat brings her special qualities to every situation she becomes involved with. Her life is filled with wonderfully inspirational experiences, many of which she will share with us at Kenyon Hall. Please join me for this intimate look at a national treasure.

Lou Magor