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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Reparando Premiere - What a great night!


This is a longer over due blog post. I apologize for the delay.

April 14th was the Calgary Reparando Premiere, and what a great night it was! I was hoping and crossing my fingers people would show up. When I saw people pouring through the doors, I was so excited. Over 340 people came out!

Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.
People starting to file in.

Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.


Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.


Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.

Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.

Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.
A packed lobby!

Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.
Some of my wonderful volunteers at work!

Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.

Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.

Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.
Paul Verhoef, the chaplain at the U of C, and good friend of mine was the Emcee.

Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.
The lovely and talented Denise Hearn and Sam Masterton started the evening.

Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.


Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.
We also had the privilege of having Roland Vanderburg from Cause Canada come and speak about his experiences in Guatemala.

Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.

There was quite a buzz of excitement after the film!

Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.

Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.

Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.

We were very fortunate to have corporate sponsors cover all the costs for the evening. All ticket sales and donations are being shared between Calgary's Streelight (mobile drop-in for homeless youth) and Micro Financing in Guatemala.


Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.


Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.


Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.


Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.

It was a great evening of exposure for Streetlight.

Photo Credit Reuben Krabbe.


Photo Credit Britta Kokemor.

My wonderful friend Samara and I. She was such a great help organizing this evening. She has been a great friend to me, alway supporting me and my crazy endeavours.

Photo Credit Britta Kokemor.

Paul and I. He did such a great job as emcee and made the evening very special.

Photo Credit Britta Kokemor.

My wonderful husband Matt, who has been right there beside me through this whole journey to and from Guatemala.


Photo Credit Britta Kokemor.

Some of my wonderful volunteers who made the evening happen!


Photo Credit Britta Kokemor.

Allan and Ivy from Streetlight. Selfless people!

Photo Credit Britta Kokemor.
The dashing John, Isaiah, and I.

Photo Credit Britta Kokemor.
The wonderful Jill and I.

Photo Credit Britta Kokemor.

I want to thank my dad for all the hard work and time he put into helping plan this event. He and my mom have always been there supporting me! With out them this evening would not have happened.

There are so many people to thank for making this evening happen.
Thank you to all the corporate sponsors: Glamorgan Bakery, DeJong's Insurance, Process Color, Wilco, Ed Weening, Peter DeBoer With you we are no able to support two great causes.

Thanks to all my volunteers who made the evening so flawless. You are awesome!

Thanks to Reuben Krabbe and Britta Kokemor for photographing the event.

And THANK YOU for all those who bought tickets and came the show! It was so great to have you there!
We are still collecting donations, so the final numbers of how much was raised are still coming!

If you were at the Film Premiere, I would love to hear your response to the film. Please email me @ hello@stephaniejager.com. To see others responses to the film
go to the Athentikos Blog.

If you would like to get your hands on a dvd, I will have some very soon or you can go to www.reparandomovie.com/store. Type in "Trophies of Grace" for $5 off coupon!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I was on the radio!


This morning I was on the radio!
I had the opportunity to talk a bit about the film Reparando and the Calgary Premiere, on Shine Fm. To listen to the interview click here.
Tomorrow is the first Canadian premiere at the Uptown Stage and Screen.
For more info go to: www.reparandomovie.com/screenings.
Better hurry, tickets are going fast!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Amazing Love


I took this photo while I was in Guatemala on behalf of Athentikos doing still photos and film for the documentary Reparando. Each day we were in the slum La Limonada we would join the community for lunch at someone's house. Ten to fifteen people would all duck through doors to fit in small one or two room homes, sit on beds or whatever was available to share a meal. These were some of my favourite times. True community and friendship was very evident. Even though these families did not have much, they were completely willing to share whatever they could with their neighbours.

This couple was a testament of the hope and love in La Limonada ad-mist the pain and violence they are surrounded by. He is blind and not very mobile. She is old, frail, and suffers from stomach problems. They love each other so much and are devoted to caring for each other. Their home is always open to those in the community.

To learn and hear more about beautiful stories of hope in Guatemala check out www.reparandomovie.com/screenings to find a premiere near you.

The Calgary premiere will be on April 14th at the Uptown Stage & Screen.

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