This Saturday, April 30, we're hosting an amazing night of music for a great cause. Grace Love and the True Loves will be filling the room at our HQ with her fiery soul in this intimate performance bringing together our two loves: music and community, all in the name of education.
Education is important to us and we believe that educational resources should be available to everyone. That's why we're humbled to host this show in benefit for the St. Andrews Nativity School — Oregon's only tuition-free middle school for students who live at or below the poverty line.
Located in northeast Portland, just off 9th and Alberta, the school draws students of all kinds around the area. Featuring small class sizes that give the individualized attention necessary to raise student's learning by as much as five grade levels in only three years. It's rather amazing.
The bottom line measure of success you should know is that 94 percent of these students go on to graduate from high school and 80 percent go on to graduate from college. In most cases, these children are the first of their family to accomplish either milestone. Furthermore, allowing them to go beyond college and accomplish milestone that may have been seemingly impossible at one point.
The school is 100 percent scholarship-based, meaning all tuition, costs, and related needs are completely taken care of for the student and their family. For many of these children, it's the education equivalent to winning the lottery.
During our first year of partnering with the Nativity School, we hosted a special acoustic set from rockers, Blitzen Trapper and followed up with a set from our dear friend, Eric D. Johnson (of the Fruit Bats), the next year. This year, Grace Love and the True Loves will be sharing a force of love. Her powerful voice leads a bombastic 9-piece ensemble of brass, big drums and infectious grooves. Taking the baton in a rich lineage of music from the likes of Motown, Stax, King and Daptone artists, her music will be make you move on the dance floor.
There will be food, beverages, and a silent auction to help raise funds for this amazing school. Nativity School staff and our Co-founder, Ryan Wines will be in attendance to answer any questions you have. We hope to see you there.