Funky D to perform at Philadelphia benefit show for the Ranfurly Home for Children
This past summer, the producers from Kenilworth Films, along with the cast from their movie Standing Ovation, chose the Ranfurly Home for Children to receive all proceeds raised during a charity concert event with the”Standing Ovation”cast in The Bahamas. Fortunately for the children living at Ranfurly, the performance was just the beginning of an out pour of love and support from”Standing Ovation”Producer Diane Kirman and her team as the Ranfurly kids stole their hearts.
The children and the facility were showered with not only monetary gifts, but items from Ranfurly’s”wish list”including new windows, new mattresses and sheet sets, air-conditioners, freezers, fax machines, sundries and other desperately needed things. However, the most important thing of all was the commitment made by the”Standing Ovation”producers and their colleagues to return to Ranfurly and continue to help support and spread the word of their needs. Unfortunately, the Ranfurly Home administration and caretakers struggle everyday and must depend on outside support just to keep the doors of the home open.
As promised, two months after their initial appearance, the”Standing Ovation”team ventured back to Nassau specifically to visit the Ranfurly Home and spend time with the youngsters. They conducted dance and voice workshops and also produced a public service announcement in an effort to be true to their word and also to urge others to commit as well.
And continue it does. On Sunday, January 9, Karen Rawlings, who was instrumental in bringing the”Standing Ovation”film and its cast to Nassau, will produce a benefit show for the Ranfurly Home which will be held just outside of Philadelphia. Performances by tri-state area dancers, including members of the Junior and Pre-Pro Sixer Dance Teams as well as Bahamian entertainer, Funky D travel to Philadelphia to make a special appearance at the show.
Producers have no doubt that in addition to the fantastic show already planned, Funky D will wow the audience with his electrifying performances. The event, titled”Love That Child”, is expected to sell out the 750-seat Lang Performing Arts Theater. Ranfurly Home President, Alexandra Maillis-Lynch, will speak at the event.
Also traveling to the U.S. for the show, are Craig Woods, film commissioner from the Ministry of Tourism, and Tina Knowles, owner of Chelsea’s Choice Water. Knowles will accompany Danielle Dean, one of the talented children of her company sponsored”Chelsea’s Kids”program who is scheduled to perform at the benefit. Danielle will take the stage to sing”At Last”under the direction of her musical team, Dion Turnquest and G. Note(“also a member of Chelsea’s Kids).
True to their promise of continuing commitment, the cast of”Standing Ovation”will also perform and sign autographs.
Proceeds from all DVD’s, CD’s and merchandise sold that evening will also go to Ranfurly. The”Love That Child”theme was derived from the song of the same title, which was written and recorded by Ranfurly Home’s former resident Damien Davis and produced by The Bank of Bahamas. Davis, currently a manager at Dolphin Cay at the Atlantis, is a prime example of how growing up in a safe and nurturing environment as a child can define the person we become as an adult. As a tribute to Davis and the children of Ranfurly,”Standing Ovation”choreographer, Krystal Tini, will produce an original dance piece to”Love That Child.”
Rawlings notes that in the United States the phrase”no child left behind”is often heard and goes on to say for her, that phrase includes children from all over the world. If every person could help just one child, someway, somehow, somewhere, whether it is a child in their family, neighborhood or even in a country miles away, the wonderful feeling it leaves in your heart is worth every second of effort and sacrifice.
No stranger to The Bahamas, Rawlings recently wrote a children’s book,”Sammy C. and the Magic Guitar”about a little boy growing up on an island. She along with Diane Kirman, share a love for The Bahamas and feel helping those at the Ranfurly Home is a way of giving back to the Island that has brought them each much joy.
For those that missed seeing the movie”Standing Ovation”in the theater, it is now available on DVD at amazon.com and standingovationstore.com.