Adoption Rocks !

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Well, we all know that. This is the name we’ve given to a very special event set to take place at the Long Center in Austin on Friday night, November 13.

The background is this…… Last November, Sandra and Kevin Usleman wanted to do something special for their friends, Scott and Kristina Rehling, to celebrate in advance the Rehlings’ travel to Ethiopia to bring their daughter, Aynalem, home to the U.S.

What started small turned into a memorable evening of musical entertainment by well-known Austin bands. They performed for about 100 guests in the Uslemans’ backyard. Then Scott and Kristina got on a plane about 7 hours later bound for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

It will be difficult to duplicate the emotion of that evening, but one year later, we’re going to try. While the Uslemans’ backyard was wonderful, the Long Center is a more ideal venue for these performers and it seats about 250.

Once again, John Pointer has graciously agreed to play. And we are very fortunate to have Dumpstaphunk (includes members of the Neville Brothers) joining us from New Orleans. This will be an unforgettable evening benefitting the Gladney Center and our mission of Creating Bright Futures around the World. If you were there last year, I don’t need to say anything more. If you weren’t, here’s your opportunity. Trust me – you’ll be glad you got on the bus.

This is a unique event tailored to Austin – edgy and for a cause. I should apologize to my teenage kids who prefer I not say “edgy” or that anything “rocks”. But adoption does rock ! And I guarantee you that November 13 will rock !


Sandy McCollum Owen said...

Hope tonight's event is well attended, as I know it will be very well done.

CasaUsleman said...

The Adoption Rocks event last night was both memorable and moving. The talent was outstanding - John Pointer and Dumpstaphunk. Pictures will be availalbe at: Thanks to all that contributed. Not only does Adoption Rock but so does Austin.