Hungry families and children out of school for the summer will benefit from an evening of music and fellowship at the 16th Annual A Midsummer Night's Sing, presented by First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers and sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships.
The event, planned for Tuesday, July 23, at First Presbyterian Church at 2438 Second St., in downtown Fort Myers, will be a 90-minute performance of hymns, instrumentalists, and special guests beginning at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.
Admission is free, although voluntary cash donations and cans of non-perishable food will be accepted to benefit Community Cooperative Ministries (CCMI The Soup Kitchen).
CCMI Executive Director Tracey Galloway said CCMI is delivering local, fresh, nutritious food this summer to Lee County families in need through mobile food pantries. About 2,000 children and families will benefit from the summer program.
During the school year, children often receive their only meals of the day at school.
"We need to help The Soup Kitchen by donating as much canned goods and cash donations as we can to keep these pantries going," said First Presbyterian's pastor, Rev. Paul deJong.
CCMI provided food and other services to 10,250 people last year. "There are even more families who need our help. Do what God would want you to do and give what you can," Rev. deJong said.
CCMI was started by First Presbyterian Church in 1984 to help alleviate hunger and suffering in Lee County. The church has continued to support its ministry there by providing volunteers in The Soup Kitchen and delivering hot meals to home-bound seniors.
Hymn Sing organizer Sam Galloway, Jr., has made feeding the hungry part of his life's work.
"Our community has done so much to help our neighbors, but we need to do even more. If we each just gave the equivalent of what we would spend on a meal either at home or in a restaurant those few dollars could feed a family of four for an entire week." Galloway said.
Sam Galloway, Jr., has arranged for refrigerated trucks to deliver food to neighborhoods that have the greatest food needs. Tracey Galloway said those trucks will be going to North Fort Myers this summer because of additional support from Lee County government.
Galloway annually sponsors the popular Mrs. Edison's Hymn Sing as part of the Edison Festival of Light in February. Because more than 4,000 people attend Mrs. Edison's Hymn Sing in the winter, organizers planned A Midsummer Night's Sing to allow more local residents to enjoy the same type of activity during the less crowded summer months.
The First Presbyterian Chancel Choir and friends will be featured during the evening, which will include sing-a-longs of well-known hymns everybody knows.
"Please try to bring whatever cash donation you can and at least two cans of non-perishable food And, if you're among those impacted by our poor economy, come anyway and have a good time," Galloway and Rev. deJong said.
A Midsummer Night's Sing is the second of three hymn sings sponsored annually by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. The other two are Mrs. Edison's Hymn Sing in February and the very popular Holiday Carol Sing in December. All three events benefit CCMI (The Soup Kitchen).
For more information, call 334-2261 or visit www.fpcfortmyers.org.