Joy Ike. She's soulful. She's beautiful. She's been voted Pittsburgh's Best Singer/Songwriter by Pittsburgh City Paper.
And yesterday, she performed live at the EECM Soup Kitchen as part of our Have a Heart for Hunger campaign!
It was pretty awesome. Joy set up with her keyboard in a corner of the dining room and played for nearly an hour. I had fun standing in the back and watching people arrive for lunch -- the looks of surprise and enjoyment were great. It's not every day we have live music at the Soup Kitchen!
The goal of the event was twofold. The most obvious was to provide a special treat to the patrons of our noontime Soup Kitchen. But we were also hoping to draw in people who might not ordinarily eat at the Soup Kitchen, to give them a chance to learn firsthand about one of our important Hunger Programs.
And it worked! The Soup Kitchen was jumping and faces in the crowd included families from the community, EECM staff and Board Members, Council of Congregations members, and a host of Soup Kitchen regulars, all enjoying the tunes together.
One EECM volunteer was even moved to dance...
Check out more video and pictures from the event by clicking here.