Location: The Brimfield Winery, 35 Main St, Brimfield, MA
“S.O.N.G.Stock 2023” is a Family Friendly Music Festival to benefit children orphaned by the conflict in Ukraine and foster children in Massachusetts! This event features live music all day by Secret Sage, The Lisa Martin Band, & Peter J. Newland and RadioX.
S.O.N.G. Inc., an all-volunteer 501 C-3 non-profit organization, has been providing care and support to orphaned children since 1999. By attending this event, you’ll make a direct impact on their lives.
In addition to the fantastic music, you can enjoy locally crafted wine from Brimfield Winery, locally crafted beer, and cider. This event offers various fun family activities, including a pie-eating contest, sack races, face painting, other fun contests, and much, much more! Don’t miss the 50-50 raffle and Silent Auction featuring Red Sox tickets, sports memorabilia, collectibles, original paintings, and many other treasures like two beautiful handmade quilts that have been donated by a very talented local artistic quilter. Both are close to California King size with dimensions of 71” x 87. The white one will be raffled off and the other will be in our Silent Auction.
Please join us for an unforgettable day of music, community, and support for orphaned and fostered children!
Adult: $15 (in advance), $20 (on the day of the event) Children under 12: Free
Advance ticket purchases are automatically entered in drawings for special Door Prizes!
For tickets and more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-813-8100. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates and to learn more about our mission.
Lawn chairs, blankets, pop-up tents, and umbrellas are welcome. Free parking! Please, no outside beverages or food and no smoking around the stage or anywhere attendees are gathered. No fires. Well-behaved, quiet pets are welcome!
Come join us for an unforgettable day of music, community, and support for orphaned children!
On stage around 12:15 pm: The Lisa Martin Band
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)
On stage around 2:00 pm… 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 a 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 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, on bass; Ralph Whittle, on keyboards; and Tim Smith on drums.
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.
Date: August 27th, 2023, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Location: The Brimfield Winery, 35 Main St, Brimfield, MA URL: http://www.supportingorphans.org/2023/07/10/s-o-n-g-stock-2023/ Tickets: Adult (in advance) $15, Tickets: Adult (day of) $20 Tickets: Children under 13: Free Performer: The Lisa Martin Band @ 12:15 pm Performer: Peter J. Newland & RadioX @ 2:00 pm Performer: Secret Sage @ 3:45 pm Image: http://www.supportingorphans.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/SONGstock-2023-Event-Poster-757×1024.png
We’ve been working on this “Review of 2022” email for quite some time. This past year has been a very busy one full of many emotions for all of us resulting from the conflict in Ukraine, devastating weather events around the globe, as well as economic and personal difficulties. But, I am pleased to report that 2022 has been S.O.N.G.’s most successful and productive year yet providing much needed support to orphaned children. Our S.O.S. (SONG ORPHAN SUPPORT) Program made significant impacts in many ways this past year.
Obviously, the invasion of Ukraine took center stage in 2022 in so many ways. With the outpouring of donations from our supporters new and old, S.O.N.G. was able to not only provide much needed support to children orphaned by the invasion immediately but assisted in the rescue of many children, elderly, and refugees from hostile areas in central and eastern Ukraine.
In early April, S.O.N.G. teamed up with Aerial Recovery Group out of Nashville to assist with the safe evacuation of children orphaned by the invasion in Ukraine. This included unaccompanied children and elderly refugees. Upon hearing that many orphaned and unaccompanied children had fallen victim to traffickers at the border, who had promised them safety and security, S.O.N.G. knew it was time to get involved. To date, 998 orphans, 6331 internally displaced refugees, and 92 animals have been rescued by Aerial Recovery teams.
S.O.N.G.’s September trip to the Refugee Centers in southern Poland brought 300 pounds of needed diabetic and medical supplies for the children and elderly. BJ’s Wholesale Club donated medicine and other medical treatment items. Many of our supporters, old and new, answered our call for much needed diabetic supplies.
2022 brought many new innovative ways to fundraise in order to support S.O.N.G.’s Mission. We received a call from Darlene O. from Auburn in October wanting to do something different to celebrate her sister’s 70th birthday. She asked what kind of item we could use “70” of. We told her we needed gloves and mittens of various sizes for both girls and boys orphaned by the conflict in Ukraine. When she was checking out at Ocean State Job Lot in Sturbridge, the Manager came over and asked what all the gloves and mittens were for. When she told the Manager where they were going, they offered to match what she spent. Ocean State donated a $300.00 Gift Card to S.O.N.G. and we were able to buy 70 winter hats as well. We delivered the gloves, mittens, and hats on our Poland/Ukraine trip in November just in time for a 12″ snowfall! Thank you, Darlene! And Ocean State Job Lot!
Along with delivering the 70 pairs of winter gloves and mittens along with 70 winter hats to the Southside Refugee House and another shelter sponsored by Solid Rock Mission in Rzeszow, Poland, S.O.N.G. also provided winter boots for the children. Southside was housing 90 Ukrainian refugees, 40 of which were children. S.O.N.G. has been supporting Southside since April helping with utilities, food, medical supplies, and other necessities. Special thanks to Szymon Czyszek of the Knights of Columbus in Europe for assisting in securing winter coats for all the children which were provided by the local K of C Council in Rzeszow as part of their annual Coats for Kids Drive. Sandy H. contacted us and wanted to do something different for her son’s birthday party. In lieu of traditional gifts from his friends, she asked that donations be made to S.O.N.G. to be earmarked for our S.O.S. Ukraine as one of his friends in his class was from Ukraine. This effort resulted in over $500.00 raised! During Advent, Pamela Metayer and her Family of West Brookfield decided that in lieu of exchanging traditional Christmas gifts, they told Family & Friends that they would be making donations to S.O.N.G. in their name instead of the usual gift-giving and asked them to do the same. Their Christmas Giving Drive resulted in $1,200.00 in donations! Thank you, Pamela & your Family! S.O.N.G. has partnered with New Horizons for Children based in Ohio. NHFC is the primary agency overseeing and coordinating support for more than 1,000 orphaned children in 25+ temporary safe havens in western Ukraine, and more than 1,000 orphaned children in facilities in Poland. Many of these children were rescued by Aerial Recovery since April which our Executive Director had teamed up with in the early days of the invasion. During S.O.N.G.’s November trip to Lviv, Ukraine, we assisted NHFC in meeting six children at the train station who had been evacuated out of Zaporizhzhia and processed them into a local children’s shelter that had room. We then met with the Director of the facility and discussed ways to improve the care of the children and how we can help address current and future needs.
Special thanks to Mechanics Hall, Director of Sales Diana Casavecchia, and Education & Outreach Coordinator, Christon Carney for sponsoring a winter item collection drive in support of orphaned children in Ukraine. They collected 121 hats, gloves, and scarves!! S.O.N.G. has delivered them to Ukrainian children in refugee centers in southern Poland, and to children orphaned in Lviv and Irpin, Ukraine. Thank you to everyone who donated and made this possible! We, and the children, are very thankful for your caring and support!
Our S.O.S. Dominionville Program in South Africa brought much-needed support to 38 orphaned children in 2022. We provided new blankets due to an unusually cold winter. Food, school supplies, clothing, toys, and special meals on holidays were our priorities this past year for them. Special thanks to Fr. Joseph for being our caring Program Coordinator and to our volunteers who helped get the food and supplies to the children.
WONDERFUND OF MASSACHUSETTS
With your help, and in partnership with the Wonderfund of Massachusetts, S.O.N.G. was able to fulfill the wishes and bring special Holiday Joy to 25 adolescent children in Foster Care in the Springfield area this past Christmas. Thank you for your continued support of our Mission!
Christmas Wish Gifts for 25 adolescents in Foster Care in the Springfield Area
Our “Sponsor an Orphaned Child” program is up and running and very well established. Currently, seven Christian orphaned children (who regularly have to deal with different levels of persecution) in Pakistan are being sponsored by families here in the United States. Their support provides needed food, clothing, medicines, school fees, and supplies, as well as personal gifts at Easter, Christmas, and birthdays. Monthly letters are exchanged when possible between the children and their sponsored Family. These wonderful, special relationships become very personal and heartwarming over time. And all for only $48.00 per month – about $1.60 a day. Sponsors can support a child with monthly or annual payments.
Christian children who are orphaned in Pakistan have minimal fun and productive activities available to them. Many are living with different levels of depression because of different forms of stress in their life. Our SOS Program has changed the lives of many children. Orphaned children we are supporting now have regular access to clean water, food, education, warm bedding and much more. One of our successful annual programs there is the “SOS Spring Festival.” This event is designed to promote the importance of an education and to encourage the children to commit to proper time for their studies. Some children that we are supporting in their education are in government schools in which extracurricular activities are not offered. This festival also offers Bible Study, poem and speech competitions for the children, which will help build their self-confidence and self-esteem. Food is also provided to the participants. Awards and gifts are given to the top three places in the competitions. The children get excited and really look forward to this special event each year. S.O.N.G. along with a local Knights of Columbus Council have provided special baskets of food every Easter for foster families caring for orphaned children. Many of these families are poor themselves and cannot afford a special meal for Easter celebration. In 2022, more than 50 families received special food packs that will feed a family of five for a month. Included in these packs are special items for the Easter meal. Cost of each food pack: $25.00 USD
A new school bookbag
In the summer of 2022, we provided twenty electric water coolers and sixty 25-liter storage Igloo type water dispensers to help reduce heat stroke cases in remote villages. Temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) in the summer months. Many of the homes where foster families live in these villages do not have electricity. A few fortunate families who do have electricity have agreed to host the water coolers. Other villagers transfer the cool water to the dispensers set around the village. This project has benefitted more than 80 families with foster children.
S.O.N.G. created the “S.O.N.G. Skills Development and Training Center” project in 2021 in a remote village, successfully educating 50+ widows and adolescent orphaned girls with commercial sewing skills to empower them to be qualified to gain employment as a seamstress, or potentially start their own business. This program has helped many depart from abusive, poorly-paid work situations, and on to achieve financial and social stability in a respectable manner. The program also included business and financial management, as well as life skills when necessary. Fortunately, our volunteer Program Coordinator on the ground there was able to recruit professionals who volunteered their time teaching the classes.
In 2021 we introduced “Thanksgiving” to our foster families. This year we continued the new “American” tradition with special food packs for 60 foster families caring for more than 100 orphaned children that will last 30 days through Christmas. These food packs cost 9,100 rupees which is about $30.00 each USD.
A new razai (blanket) for Christmas
At Christmas, we gave 150 orphaned Christian children a new winter blanket (razai) which is a quilted blanket with a removable cover for washing. Each child also received a special candy pack with an assortment of chocolates and candies. A very special treat for these children who rarely receive any special treats. Cost of one razai and a candy pack: 3,500 rupees….about $13.00 USD…..
It is not possible to individually thank everyone who has supported our Mission this past year in this letter, and you know who you are, and we, and the children, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We do feel it is necessary to extend a special thank you to some key people and businesses who were with us every step of the way in 2022.
Thank you to the Catholic Free Press in Worcester for your ongoing support keeping so many of our faithful supporters in the know regarding our fundraising events and our ongoing efforts.
Special thanks to Nat Falk clothing store in Ware. Owner Charlie Lask wanted to do something to help our Ukraine Mission and had “WE STAND WITH UKRAINE” t-shirts made. He has donated over $1,000.00 in profits so far! Shirts are still available in his store. And quality men’s clothes at great prices!
Thank you to Spectrum News TV 1 Worcester and newscaster Meghan Parsons for running regular updates of our ongoing Mission in Ukraine.
A special shout out to Turley Publications, and especially Paula Ouellette, a journalist of the Ware River news whose tireless dedication to her work kept our supporters and those new to us informed of our ongoing work and fundraising events throughout 2022.
Thank you to the Knights of Columbus Council 11080, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish, Brookfield & West Brookfield, for their many years of continued support!
Special thanks to BJ’s Wholesale Warehouse for your regular donations of everything from food to medicine to personal hygiene supplies and so much more!
And lastly to all our Board of Directors, S.O.N.G. volunteers, musicians, and businesses who always answer the call to haul whatever, set up whatever, sell raffle tickets, provide transportation etc. You are the bloodline of this organization! Thank you!
We are so very grateful that we have been able to maintain this ongoing critical Mission providing proper care to so many children who are in situations through no fault of their own. Our work would not be possible without the support of all of YOU. Thank YOU to all our supporters and benefactors! We cannot do this work without You! YOU are GREAT….and WE are GRATEFUL…!
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 email@example.com. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.