Peggy Trendell-Jensen
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Many thanks to all who came out to enjoy an evening of melodic merriment, and provided food and drink, at the recent Sound of Music Sing-a-Long.   Nearly 100 people (including various nuns, Marias and Georgs) gathered to watch the classic movie, which is 50 years old this year.

Along with a meal break for European wieners, sauerkraut and struedel, there were trivia questions, waltz lessons and door prizes (including freshly delivered pretzels from Munich!)  

Most important, however, was a (very!) long paper rendition of the Alps stuck to the wall, with a laminated von Trapp family attempting to cross from Austria to Switzerland. With each $100 that was raised over the course of the evening for our soon-to-be sponsored North Van Region refugees, the von Trapps were able to scale another mountain peak. By the time the credits were rolling at movie’s end, they had made it across the border – and we had raised over $2,100 for the cause!  

The identity of one of our refugees has been confirmed – Ali, a 24-year-old blind man from Somalia. We are awaiting details about the family group we will be sponsoring, and look forward to sharing the news with you soon.