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Local Knights of Columbus Council 11080 is sponsoring a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, November 19, 2022, in Dugan Hall, Sacred Heart Church, 10 Milk Street, West Brookfield, MA. Proceeds from this event will help provide critically needed winter clothing and blankets to orphaned children in western Ukraine coordinated by Supporting Orphans Nationally & Globally (S.O.N.G.) of Brookfield, MA. Dinner includes pasta fagioli, garden salad, meatballs & sausage, spaghetti & sauce, garlic bread, dessert, water, soda, and coffee. Cost is a $15.00 donation and $10.00 for children under 12 years old. Take-out is available at 5:30 pm and sit-down dinner is served at 6:00 pm. Admission tickets are also good for entry for special door prizes! Raffle tickets for a 50/50 Raffle and more will be available! Advance ticket purchase is encouraged and appreciated! Tickets are available from any Knight or by calling (508) 867-7878 or (774) 573-9319 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will only be available at the door while they last!
Michele and Wally Connor, Executive Directors of S.O.N.G., recently returned from the Ukraine/Poland border a few weeks ago providing support to children at refugee camps. Wally Connor will be returning in mid-November to Krakow, Poland for meetings with partner organizations and then to Lviv, Ukraine to help distribute winter clothing to orphaned children in more than 20 temporary safe havens in western Ukraine. This is S.O.N.G.’s priority right now as winter is right around the corner, power outages are common interfering with heating the facilities, and energy supplies are forecasted to be sporadic throughout the winter.
General donations to this critical project are needed and welcome and may be made
by check to: S.O.N.G., Inc 122 Long Hill Road PO Box 426 Brookfield, MA 01506-0426
by Venmo: @SONGInc
by direct deposit to: S.O.N.G., Inc. c/o North Brookfield Savings Bank 9 Gilbert Street North Brookfield, MA 01535
We are excited to report that we will finally be opening our new S.O.N.G. Headquarters and Gift Shop on Saturday, December 10 at 10:00 am in time for your Christmas shopping! All proceeds from all the sales at our Gift Shop will benefit our S.O.S. Programs in Pakistan, South Africa, and Ukraine, as well as our support of Foster Children here in Massachusetts. More details to follow….
S.O.N.G. will be at the West Brookfield White Christmas Celebration on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at Dugan Hall in Sacred Heart Church, 10 Milk Street from Noon until 4:00 pm. Cultural Items, Christmas Gifts, and more will be available for purchase. There will also be an informational presentation available for viewing about our on-going SOS Mission in Poland and Ukraine providing support to the children orphaned by the conflict.
S.O.N.G. will be doing a presentation at an upcoming fundraising event for The Arts for Humanity Foundation on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at The Newport Blues Café, 286 Thames Street, Newport, RI, 02840 beginning at 2:00 pm. This event, “An Afternoon of Music with the Evan Goodrow Band & special guest James Montgomery,” will help support TAFH Mission Team to travel to Poland to provide emotional and medical support to the orphaned children of Ukraine.
S.O.N.G.’s recent return trip in September to the Poland/Ukraine border was very productive. At the Southside Refugee Home that we have been supporting, we found familiar faces that have been there since March, and we met some new children who have arrived since our last visit in May. One of the children named Nasar, who has muscular dystrophy, was recently evacuated from southern Ukraine with his mother, brother, and sister. He arrived with no leg braces, no back brace, and no wheelchair. Volunteers and local supporters of Southside raised one-third of the cost to purchase these custom fitted items, and a local charity offered to pay one third. We decided we would cover the remaining balance. Upon arriving at the Orthopedic Clinic to complete the purchase, we were told that too much time had passed since the order was placed and that the local charity could no longer cover one-third. S.O.N.G. covered the remaining balance to complete the purchase. These items are critical for Nasar to not only improve his level of functioning but to prevent further ongoing contracture.
Our recent collection drive for critically needed medical supplies resulted in us filling six suitcases full of medications, bandages, first aid kits, insulin, medicines, and related items to treat children with diabetes, and much more. Upon arrival in south Poland, we met with our Ukrainian contact who immediately took possession of the items and transported them to hospitals in Lviv and Kharkiv. The level of appreciation on their part was heartwarming and resulted in tears of joy and grateful hugs. Special thanks to all of you who donated these desperately needed supplies.
With the approach of winter, and the probability of continued energy concerns in Ukraine and Poland, S.O.N.G. began collecting and purchasing winter clothing and blankets for the children at Southside, and for the children in temporary Safe Havens in western Ukraine that we are supporting with our new partner, New Horizons for Children.
With the help of fellow Knights back home we were able to contact the Knights of Columbus in Poland and Ukraine and have begun to work together in providing all the children with new winter jackets. The Knights conduct a “Coats for Kids” drive every year around this time and distribute a new winter coat to any child in need free of charge.
Recently, we were contacted by two supporters that wanted to do something different to celebrate the birthdays of loved ones. One Family decided to have a Birthday Party for their young son, and instead of the usual gifts, they asked his friends and classmates to donate to our S.O.S. Ukraine Mission, as one of his classmates was from the Ukraine. This event raised over $400.00 for this project! Another Family wanted to celebrate a loved one’s 70th Birthday milestone, so they contacted us and offered to purchase 70 pairs of winter gloves! They bought the gloves at Ocean State Job Lot and spoke to the Manager who offered to process a matching gift card to S.O.N.G. for the $350.00 purchase! Great innovative fundraising that also sends a special message of how important giving is to those who have nothing and how we are all called to help others!
We finished off our visit to Southside the evening before we returned home with our usual parting meal of take out for all from McDonald’s in Rzeszow. Always a big hit!
You are GREAT and we are GRATEFUL! Warmest regards,
Come join us this Sunday, October 23, 2022 at the Athol Congregational Church, 1225 Chestnut Street, Athol, MA 01331 beginning at 3:00 pm for a benefit concert featuring actress/vocalist Cassie Blanchette with special guests tenor Taylor Lawton, baritone friend Marcus C.A Provost, and others! Word has it they plan to “belt out” some great show tunes! Free Will Donations accepted at the door to benefit our ongoing S.O.S. Ukraine Mission supporting children orphaned by the conflict…
S.O.N.G. continues to provide ongoing support to the children orphaned by the conflict in Ukraine. Your support has made a significant comforting impact on their lives. To date, we have assisted Aerial Recovery in rescuing 841 orphaned children, 3,988 refugees, and 89 animals since the 24th of February. We will be returning to Poland and Ukraine soon to continue providing for current and future needs. Developing details will be posted here as we get them.
Your financial support continues to be needed. One-time donations help us with our Mission now, or You can become a Monthly Supporter to help provide ongoing support. Please follow the Donation Link on this page. Please note S.O.S. Ukraine in the “What’s this payment for?” box or Memo Line on your check. S.O.N.G. will be at the West Brookfield Flea Market on Saturday, September 10, 2022. Stop by and see us! Many great bargains to be had of mostly new items donated to us by our supporters. All proceeds will benefit this Mission.
We have been made aware from our contacts there that diabetic and certain medical supplies for the children and elderly are in dire need. S.O.N.G. has begun to collect the below listed needed items that we will bring with us. Please speak to your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors as they may very well have these items in excess or know someone who may. Please contact us at (413) 813- 8100 or by email at: email@example.com with any questions of to arrange pick up of these supplies to be donated. Thank you for your continued support.
Lancets for finger pricks
Glucometers and test strips
Accu Check Active
Contour Next ONE Meter & test strips
Free Style Libre Systems 1 & 2
4 mm, 5 mm, 6 mm, 8 mm needles for syringes
U-100 & U-50 Insulin Syringes
Antibiotic Ointments for Wounds
Xigduo XR 5 1000 mg
Glucophage 1000 mg
Diabeton 60 mg
Metformin 1000 mg & 500 mg
Diaformin 1000 mg, 850 mg, 500 mg
Letrox 100 mg, 75 mg, 50 mg
Donations can be made directly to:
Venmo: @SONGInc, Please note “SOS Ukraine” in the What’s it for? section.
S.O.N.G. has teamed up with Aerial Recovery Group to assist with the safe evacuation of orphaned children in Ukraine. Our Executive Director, Wally Connor, will be traveling with nine other volunteers to the Poland-Ukraine border to work on the Logistics Team that assists and supports the Rescue Team. This group has been carrying out the orphan rescue missions inside Ukraine, as well as, processing the safe passage of orphaned and unaccompanied children into safe havens. Many orphaned and unaccompanied children have fallen victim to traffickers at the border that promised them safety and security.
S.O.N.G. has initiated a special and immediate fundraising drive “S.O.S. Ukraine” (SONG ORPHAN SUPPORT Ukraine) to provide direct support to orphaned children as needed upon S.O.N.G.’s arrival at the border. We are asking that you consider supporting this critical and important Mission at this time. Thank you!
Donations can be made directly to:
Venmo: @SONGInc, Please note “Ukraine” in the What’s it for? section.
To order tickets offline contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-813-8100
“S.O.N.G.STOCK 2021” is a Family Friendly Music Festival to benefit orphaned children in the United States, as well as internationally. This event features live music all day by Secret Sage, The Otters, The Lisa Martin Band, Paul Sticca & AcousticcA, and Peter J. Newland and RadioX.
Please Join Us for a family-friendly music festival to benefit orphaned children by providing them with access to clean water, proper nourishment, educational and skill development opportunities, better healthcare and special holiday joy. Since 1999, S.O.N.G. Inc. has provided care and support to orphaned children. S.O.N.G. is an all-volunteer 501 C-3 Non-profit charitable organization and 100% of the proceeds from the festival will go to benefit orphaned children.
Open Mic: We will be providing opportunities for individual singer/songwriters to come and perform their talents on stage during the day. There will be 10 minute time slots available at 11:30 am, 11:45 am, 1:00 pm, 2:40 pm, 4:00 pm, and 5:20 pm. Time slots will be awarded to the first come first completed registrations. Prizes to be awarded to the top three entrants. To register, please send a short video along with an email to: email@example.com
Other attractions at the Festival include great food by Hanna Devine’s in Ware. Locally crafted wine from Brimfield Winery. Locally crafted beer and IPA. Fun family activities including a pie-eating contest, sack races, bounce house, face painting and more! A Silent Auction featuring sports memorabilia, collectibles, original paintings, and more! A Rooski Raffle (like a penny raffle) with many, many donated items!
Also, our Annual Raffle featuring a chance to Win an all-expense paid Round Trip for two to Red Sox Spring Training in March of 2022…!
Admission Gate opens at 10:30 am….Adults $15 admission day of event….Children under 12 free….Lawn chairs, blankets, pop-ups, umbrellas welcome….(Pop-ups and umbrellas on the sides and back of the main field only)….Free Parking
NO OUTSIDE BEVERAGE OR FOOD….NO SMOKING AROUND THE STAGE, PAVILION, OR ANYWHERE ATTENDEES ARE GATHERED….NO FIRES
On stage around 5:30pm….Peter J. Newland & RadioX
In 1968, vocalist and songwriter Peter J. Newland, with guitarists Michael Benson and Jim Kaminski, bassist Guy DeVito, and drummer William Benjamin, created a musical entity known as FAT. In an era when most bands were playing top 40 covers, FAT began writing original music. They were soon signed to RCA records, and they continue to play annual reunions in western Massachusetts to this day. In 1985, Peter moved to Nashville and worked as staff writer for Paul Overstreet and Fitzgerald/Hartley. He had songs cut by Hank Williams Jr., Alan Jackson, Tracy Lawrence, and others. Peter moved back to Springfield, Mass. in 2002, and has founded The RadioX Band, performing his original music, as well as adaptations of their favorite artists including Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, and others. Peter is joined by Mark Pappas on guitar; John O’Boyle, bass; Ralph Whittle, keyboards; and Tim Smith on drums.
Paul is a singer/songwriter from Springfield, Massachusetts. Sticca ventured into music at the early age of four as a classically trained pianist. Sticca studied at the Springfield Music Conservatory and later continued private lessons with one of the top music teachers in the area, Ida King. Sticca put many miles on an early 1900’s, road-worn, pea-green upright piano that was relocated from the salvage yard to the basement of his home following its own adventure in vaudeville shows up and down the east coast in the 1950’s.
While learning piano, Sticca expanded his interest to jazz-rock drums and percussion, and electric pianos. Sticca began performing with various bands navigating many musical styles and genres. In his early twenties, Sticca began writing original music and became fluent on a variety of instruments including acoustic and electric guitars, baritone, lap-steel and resonator guitars, Hammond and other organs, harmonica, mandolin, melodica, bass guitar and his grandfather’s classic accordions. Sticca writes and performs with the band AcousticcA (full acoustic band), TheChickenYard (roots-rock band), as well as solo at various music venues, festivals, concert series, and regional events.
Sticca’s music and publishing has received local, regional and international recognition, reaching as far as Europe, India and Australia. Sticca is a publishing member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Sticca Is currently preparing to release his 6th full-length album and, in 2018 completed his 5th solo album “AcousticcA”, comprised of 16 self-written and produced tracks. Sticca has also written, published and released 4 additional full- length albums including Stuck (Solo), JuneBug (TheChickenYard), Long Time Running (TheChickenYard) and Sevens (TheChickenYard), which have been well-received with audiences of all ages. Sticca’s performances and recordings have received praise from both local and national media include high praise from the national industry publication Recording Magazine.
Award-winning songwriter Lisa Martin is a Western MA native. Her songs are “melodic and catchy.” (Mark Erelli) “She has a knack for wringing out all the passion that can possibly fit into a 3-minute song.” (SpringfieldRepublican) Bridging the elements of folk, rock, country, and blues, Martin’s music “has an intense backbeat rarely found within the folk genre. All of her live shows are must-see performances.” (Motif Magazine). “Few of her acoustic cohorts can rock out like she does.” (Worcester Phoenix)
One of our favorite rock & roll bands from Central Massachusetts. This will be the 14th year that this great bunch of fun-lovin’ mammals will be on our stage to help us raise funds to support orphaned children! As one of Central Massachusetts’ most beloved bands, they will be playing songs that generations can sing and dance to!
You won’t want to miss these guys…!
“They otter be somewhere else….but they’ll be playing for us….!
Secret Sage is a band with a sound all it’s own. With a diverse range of influences and an ability to write honest songs, your ears will love you for it. They feature acoustic originals w/ some covers thrown into a mix of positive vibrations.