Heart 'n Soul plays for Pause for the Cause
On May 16, the Rotarians are inviting everyone to "Pause for the Cause," a benefit party featuring barbeque, dancing, and music by Heart n' Soul. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to support future surgeries for Gift of Life children.
This program has helped over 100 children since 1986. One of the most recent recipients was Wara Mamani, a 13- year- old girl from Bolivia. Wara was slowly dying of a heart defect when the Rotary club in her town of La Paz reached out to a few visiting graduate students from USC's Moore School of Business. They sent word back to Moore's director of international activities, Louis Dessau, who also happened to be a Five Points Rotary member.
"The club gave me the go ahead to do the research," Dessau said. "Eventually, we flew her and her grandfather here for surgery at Charleston's MUSC."
"Her grandfather would never have the resources to get a head cold taken care of here," Dessau said. "That puts it in perspective."
Dessau hopes that one day she'll return and attend USC.
The opportunity to help children in need is what led the charity band Heart n' Soul to play at the event. The non- profit group is composed of musicians ages 50- 70 who donate their time and resources to providing 50s and 60s tunes at charity functions. The group has attracted music lovers from all walks of life. Heart n' Soul counts lawyers, accountants, a dentist, and a nurse among its ranks.
"Our drummer Doug Neal belongs to the Rotary Club," said band member Marion Brown. "We are particularly interested in charities that benefit children, so this seemed like a natural fit for us."
Heart n' Soul donates a large portion of its fee to the charity affiliated with the event they are playing, only keeping what is necessary to cover a few expenses. Heart n' Soul also saves any profit from private events to be distributed to charities in the future.
Pause for the Cause will be held May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the University House. Tickets are $25 and available by mailing checks to Linda Hostetler at P.O. Box 100200 Columbia, SC 29202.