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The 12th Night Concert: What You Missed

By Doris Olafsen & Kim Buller

The Twelfth Night, marked the end of the Christmas season, on Sunday, January 6th at the beautiful Bella Concert Hall in Calgary.  A benefit concert was held for one of Opportunity International Canada’s newest implementing partners in Colombia, Investing Hope Foundation (IHF). Guests were inspired and entertained by many original arrangements performed by Calgary’s own ensemble, Harmony through Harmony (HtH), whose vision is to bring harmony to social justice issues by making harmony with their voices and truly living out their vision of being a “voice for the voiceless.”   

Jim Frantz, CEO of IHF, shared heartwarming stories from Colombia highlighting what empowering the next generation of principled entrepreneurs and what it means to be involved in the Youth Entrepreneurship Savings (YES) Clubs. Testimonies of children and parents coming together for the noble purpose of improving their money management skills and he shared the dreams of children who are saving for their future education aided and encouraged by their parents. There was a holy hush as the audience was captivated by the story of Emir, a seventeen-year-old who is president of the YES Club at the Filadelfia School for the Deaf. During intermission guests were able to visit the Market Place and most of the Colombian youth made pieces of merchandise were sold out.

The evening was a wonderful success on so many levels, from the volunteers that joyfully worked hard to make this evening extra special, to the friends that rallied and provided a matching gift to inspire generosity that evening, to OIC’s longstanding corporate partner, Legacy Kitchens, that underwrote the entire evening, and all the associated costs. And last but not least, applause and appreciation for the three hundred plus guests that attended.  Most of the guests that attended were hearing about Opportunity International’s work in Colombia for the first time. It was a privilege to share the vision of the Investing Hope Foundation.

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