A Wonderful Thanksgiving!

I had a wonderful experience last Monday evening. I was invited by my good friend, guitarist Lee Barrie to perform at Temple Sholom in Chicago. I was familiar with this event, as I had done it last year. This performance was to be for 100 homeless people as they were served a delicious Thanksgiving meal with all of the trimmings. There was turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, lemonade and so much more. It was fabulous…all made possible by Pete and Amy Kadens, along with an army of other dedicated volunteers from Temple Sholom.

This is the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Giving thanks for all that we have and reaching out to help others who might need a hand up.

I had a wonderful time with all of the folks at Temple Sholom. They are providing a much needed and extremely thoughtful service to the community.

I had an opportunity to talk with the people being served and every homeless person that I spoke with had a story to tell. Many of them stating “I haven’t always been like this.” In these tough economic times, it’s important to remember that through the loss of a job or through a devastating illness or through any number of other unfortunate set of circumstances, any of us could be homeless. The evening was sobering and extremely rewarding.

The next day our son Edward came home from college for Thanksgiving break. My husband, son and I spent a very relaxed few days in Michigan, giving thanks for our many blessings. It was a wonderful family time.

I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and that you really took the time to count your blessings. I know that I did.

About gretapope

Dr. Greta Pope has enjoyed a three decade career as an in-demand entertainer for corporate events, as well as public and private events of all types. She has performed throughout Europe, the Far East, South America and the Caribbean, as well as in the United States and Canada. Dr. Pope is a published author. Her book is entitled Music, Money & You; Managing the Business. It is used in the Chicago Public Schools and is available at booksellers nationwide. Dr. Pope is President/CEO of Greta Pope Entertainment, Inc. since January 1991. The company is in the business of Entertainment Production, Publishing, Recording and Educating. Greta Pope Entertainment products include the shows Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, American Songbook, American Jazz in Paris and International Intourlude. The most recent Greta Pope Entertainment, Inc. production is the very popular MOTOWN...Pride of the Motor City! show. For more info visit www.gretapope.com Dr. Greta Pope is the founder of the PrivateMusicStudio.net, where she offers Business Education products for Singers, including Business Courses, Business Consultations, Voice Lessons and Piano Lessons. She also hosts The Business Savvy Singer Podcast. For more information or to join the "tribe" of Business Savvy Singers, visit www.privatemusicstudio.net
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