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Power of Praise raises generous donation for hurricane relief.

 

 

    On Friday, October 15th, the Power of Praise Christian Rock band held a concert at Holy Family Catholic Center at Regina Cli  parish in Alliance.

    Roughly 150 people attended from the local community as well as from outlying areas. A large number of young people were there, including infants and toddlers, as well as people of all age groups.  One elderly lady in the audience even observed her ninetieth birthday at the event, and she was honored with a rendering of  the Birthday Song.   The band played about 20 songs mostly drawn from the repertoire of contemporary praise and worship music.    The audience was encouraged to sing along, as the words were projected onto the bare wall of the listening hall.   Several songs lent themselves well to clapping and other hand gestures, and these were liberally encouraged.

    One particular moment of great emotional impact was the song I Can Only Imagine, which was sung by soloist Jimmy Gianotti, in honor of  Marine lance corporal Daniel McVicker, of Alliance, who had been killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb on October 6.  While this song was being performed, a Marine Corps flag was held up before the audience, and everyone in the room rose to their feet in tribute to the fallen soldier from the community.

    The main reason for this particular concert was to generate a free-will offering to benefit victims of recent natural disasters in the Gulf of Mexico. A total of $1,030 collected was donated to Catholic Charities Hurricane Relief.   Pati Greiner, a member of Regina Cli parish, organized the event and sent notices to schools and churches in the Alliance area, and the pastor, Fr. Michael Seifert, kindly consented to the use of the center facilities.