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Spirit of Uganda to perform in Dallas Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Wed, Feb 10, 2010, 11:20 AM

The House of Blues will feature the sights and sounds of East Africa on Sunday, February 28 at noon when Empower African Children’s Spirit of Uganda takes the stage. This company of young dancers and musicians will headline the Empower Me event, benefitting Empower African Children (EAC), a Dallas-based non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa through holistic care and a globally competitive education. 

       Hailed by The New York Times for “invigorating the stage with that elusive thing called joy,” Spirit of Uganda’s 22 musicians and dancers range in age from 9 to 20. Co-chairs Donna Malouf and Natalie Noble invite the Dallas community to share in this cultural experience, meet the performers, learn about EAC’s programs and participate in a live and silent auction.  

       The Dallas appearance is part of Spirit of Uganda’s North American tour, which begins in January in California. The troupe makes 11 stops across the country and will perform at the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad as part of the Winter Olympics. Donna and Natalie, with EAC founder and CEO, Alexis Hefley, encourage supporters to be a part of Empower Me and grow with the organization. “We invite everyone – friends, family, classroom students, musicians and advocates – to help sustain the spirit and joy of these performers and share the message of hope for their future. We are sure they will capture the hearts of the community just as they have ours,” Natalie Noble said.

       EAC seeks to ensure that the next generation of African citizens will fully participate and assume leadership roles in their communities.  Alexis Hefley, whose work with Ugandan children has earned her international acclaim, has implemented educational programs for the students in both Uganda and the U.S. Currently, EAC is building a progressive secondary school in Uganda for 400 students with magnet programs in the performing arts, technology and healthcare. 

       The Empower Me benefit and performance is open to the public by advance reservation. Individual tickets are $100 for balcony seats. Supporters are welcome to provide sponsorships and underwriting. Benefits include VIP seating, lunch buffet, program recognition and more. Sponsor tables at $5,000 include an Underwriters’ Party on Friday, February 26 with the Spirit of Uganda performers. For detailed ticket and event information, and to learn more about EAC and Spirit of Uganda, visit http://www.EmpowerAfricanChildren.org.             

Link to more information and the media kit from here.

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