Gina Spence Productions and Last Call To Host Free Virtual Fundraiser This Weekend

 Gina Spence Productions and Last Call To Host Free Virtual Fundraiser This Weekend

Gina Spence Productions is collaborating with Last Call to host a free virtual fundraising concert on Sunday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m.

“ Last Call has put together a stellar event and will be performing brand-new songs, we are excited to be putting this concert on for the community for free while raising funds for our Champions program at the same time,” Dr. Gina Spence, Founder and CEO of Gina Spence Productions, said.

“ There is a lot going on in Bermuda right now and people need something to give them hope and healing and we believe that this concert will be the answer to that need.”
All funds raised from the concert will be going to the Champions program. Led by Gina Spence Productions, the program helps out families who have been affected by gun violence by providing them with food, pharmaceuticals, professional grief counselling and other services.

“ We have set a goal of $75,000, as serving [an average of] 27 families a month is no small task,” Dr. Spence said. “ We want to encourage people to donate whatever they can and have already raised $14,000.”

Dr. Spence would like to thank one of the event’s major sponsors, BELCO, for their huge level of support so far. Other sponsors for the event include Warwick Academy, who is allowing them to film the concert for free in their auditorium, and One Solutions who have sponsored the sound for the televised event.
“ Families [who have been affected by gun violence] will be giving their testimonies and telling their stories throughout the night in between the songs and music,” she said.

“ They are going to talk about the trauma that they experienced and how they were able to dust themselves off and get back up . . . we know that if there is unaddressed trauma or grief, it leaves the door open for a repeat of the behavior, and that is the main focus of this weekend’s fundraiser.”

Last Call is a billboard-topping Christian and Gospel music duo whose entire lives are dedicated to the Lord and who write 100 percent of their songs. They are actual alumni of Gina Spence Productions. In fact, their first time performing together was in the play “Where are you, dad?” which was put on by the production company.

“ [They are putting on this concert] because we are family to them and they are so grateful for the vision and the work that Gina Spence Productions does for the community,” Mychel Jones, Dr. Spence’s daughter said. “ The title of the fundraising concert ( ‘Save the Island’) came from a song that they wrote, which in turn came from an experience of gun violence . . . it’s all coming together to take a stand against violence and also stand in the gaps of the children, the ones who were in their mothers’ womb or who couldn’t walk or talk when their fathers were killed.”

The fundraising concert will be broadcasted live on Bermuda Channel 82 and will also be livestreamed on Gina Spence Productions’ and Last Call’s respective Facebook pages.
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