2006 Year End Report from Integrity-Palm Beach
Margot Emery, Convener
In 2006 Integrity-Palm Beach undertook several initiatives:
In February actor/playwright Akin Babatunde offered a theatrical presentation celebrating the life of Absalom Jones, the first African American ordained to the Episcopal priesthood. In March, we held our first fundraiser, the Little Roses Spaghetti Dinner, which netted around $5000 for the Little Roses Orphanage in Central America. The central focus of this ministry is to rescue and transform the lives of homeless girls. In April, we participated in PrideFest with a booth in the park providing information on St. Andrew’s to hundreds of visitors, with a full-page ad in the Pridefest program book, and by marching in the PrideFest Parade. Our Integrity Chaplain, the Reverend Patricia Masterman, was a grand marshal of the parade. For the first time, Integrity-Palm Beach sponsored an Angel Tree, providing gifts for needy children in our community. At the worship service before our December meeting, Integrity members and others in the St. Andrew’s community presented “The Nativity” a musical play celebrating Jesus’ birth.
Our distinguished speakers included Dr. Diana Frade on behalf of the Little Roses Ministry, Harry Knox of the Human Rights Campaign, Douglas Cornwell (speaker on genealogy), Nicole Leidesdorf of Compass, and members of our own clergy and those from around the diocese: Archdeacon Mary Gray-Reeves, Fr. Roger Allee of All Saints’-Ft. Lauderdale, Deacon Patricia Masterman and fellow deacons, Canon Richard Nolan, and Fr. Paul Rasmus.
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