An Evening of Jazz Gala:Celebrating Life


Main Street Spa presents an Evening of Jazz Gala Celebrating Life event to benefit the Silence of the Brain Foundation Fund on Friday, November 4, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.  The gala will be held at the beautiful venue of Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries. Embrace the sounds of smooth jazz provided by Saxophonist, Gustavus Gordon while enjoying an exquisite dinner. The purpose of the event is to bring an eye-opening awareness to the powerful epidemic of brain aneurysms along with a celebration of life for brain aneurysm survivors, their families, friends and loved ones. The event will also feature specialists and physicians who will speak to the understanding and prevention of this life altering condition. 

 

Registration is closed. 

 

                             

Silence of the Brain Foundation

Mission: To provide an avenue of education, awareness and research for the prevention of brain aneurysms.

Vision: Assisting in the healing process while bringing awareness and providing financial relief to brain aneurysm survivors and the families of lost loved ones.

Personal story of Janice Bonner

During the summer of 2009 waves of adversity were washing over me and there were times in which I felt like giving up. My daily life circumstances were consuming more and more of my attention. My responsibility as a wife, a mother, an entrepreneur and a leader in ministry sometimes challenged my faith. The challenges, along with fatigue led me to a place of illness within my body. There was a great deal of stress permeating my mind, body and spirit. Was I losing sight of my relationship with the Heavenly Father?

On June 5, 2009, my daughter graduated from high school and disclosed of a traumatic experience in which she had held for several years. Although my focus immediately went to the well being of my child, the information remained shocking. By the end of the month I experienced a severe headache, followed by dizziness and weakness on the left side of my body. The symptoms were strong and could not be denied. What was happening to me? Being a person of great tenacity why couldn’t  I shake this feeling?

On June 27, I succumbed to the symptoms during a morning church service. In a quiet voice, I asked my daughter to assist me in getting out of the sanctuary into the vestibule. At this point, my body was crying out for medical attention. After arriving at Johnston Willis and several days of testing, I was informed that my body was stroking and that I had fell prey to a brain aneurysm. An aneurysm of the brain is a weak area in the wall of a blood vessel that causes the blood vessel to bulge or balloon out. Brain aneurysms can be not only life altering, but fatal.

Through the years of my maturing, I would often hear my elders say that we shouldn’t question the works of the Lord; but I had a question. I sometimes whispered it, yet my Spirit cried out, “Lord why me?”

After being informed from the neurosurgeons at  Johnston Willis Hospital that my case was too severe for them to treat, I was transferred to MCV (Medical College of Virginia) Hospital.  As  I endured the journey of two major brain surgeries, God slowly allowed me to detach myself from the disturbances around me. Instead of desperately striving to maintain order and control of my little world, He allowed me to relax and remember that circumstances could not touch His grace nor His peace. He was showering me with the kind of peace that surpasses all understanding; His peace.

In His peace, I was able to seek His face and see things from His perspective. For His thoughts are not our thoughts; nor are His ways our ways. With adoration of the glory, I realized that His grace and peace were truly sufficient.

Each day, time would pass and the healing process continued in my mind, body and Spirit. I found myself just as God wanted me; trusting Him in every single aspect of my life.

The vision was at hand and direction began to pour in. God was answering the question that I previously asked. He said, “Draw near to me with a thankful heart. Trust me and know that I am your shield. I know that this season of your life may have been difficult but you could not get to the mountain without going thru the valley. If you trust Me in these times, I will make your miseries My miracles.”

The voice spoke clearly, “one day you will birth a brain aneurysm foundation which will bring awareness to My people about how silent an aneurysm can be and the importance of brain aneurysm prevention.” 

In obedience to the spoken word, my faith was ignited. My spirit was receptive to the voice of the Lord. Again, I had to trust Him in every aspect!

While giving God all the glory, honor and praise, today it is a blessing to see the structure and development of the Silence of the Brain Foundation begin to manifest just as it was promised.

Father, thank you for turning my miseries in to your miracles. Thank you for the celebration of life as a brain aneurysm survivor! Thank you for allowing us to see your manifested glory in the Earth despite all of the obstacles!  May it produce a continual harvest for your Kingdom while bringing awareness to your people.

 Only unto You, in Jesus name.

 As the journey continues….Amen.

Brain Aneurysm Facts

•Definition of a brain aneurysm; A brain aneurysm is a bulging weak spot on the wall of a brain artery.

•It is estimated that 1 out of 50 people in the United States have unruptured brain aneurysms. Most people are unaware.

•Although brain aneurysms occur in people ages 35-60, they also occur in children.

•Most brain aneurysms are more prevalent after the age of 40.

•Aneurysms are often misdiagnosed at the initial onset of medical treatment.

•Early detection and diagnosis are important.

•Stress and high blood pressure increase the risk of brain aneurysms.

•Women experience brain aneurysms more frequently than men.

Jazz Saxophonist Gustavus Gordon

As an artist, you’ll find everyone who has heard  “Gus” play will agree that Gustavus Gordon is without a doubt one of the most anointed sax players in the country and know that it’s truly just a matter of time before Gus takes his place at the top of the charts alongside all of the other notable present day saxophonists.

Born and raised in Petersburg, VA, Gus became acquainted with the saxophone at the age of 10. He was encouraged and influenced by his grand parents singing hymns around the “Warm Morning” stove and father, bassist George Gordon who sang mostly Negro Spirituals and with various church choirs and groups. His first formal music training began at Dinwiddie High School under the direction of  Robert Harvey. After high school, Gus went to Virginia State Univerity where he played in the marching band and jazz band. With notable teachers, Moses Hall, Dexter Allgood, Gus also became friends with his most influential friends James Gates and Bill McGee.

As a personal commitment, he joined church and gave His life to the Lord. Not long after, he met up with some high school friends who encouraged him to join their church choir as a sax player. With joining, Gospel music became His new found music of choice. In Jan. 2011, Gus recieved a new vision for his music as “NPursuit Jazz”. The focus of NPursuit is Gus’ love of Gospel Music with jazz flavoring. This vision is to showcase other talented musicians who help push his vision. His live Video and Live CD, “NPursuit Jazz” is a collection of “Inspirational Gospel Jazz.”

Gus gives personal thanks to God for the gifts, talents and abilities that He has blessed him with. To his wife Karen Gordon of KG Productions, writer and producer of the stage play, “God of A Second Chance,” for all the encouragement that she gives. He is also thankful to Bishop Daniel Robertson, Jr. for the years that he has poured into him with words of wisdom, knowledge, encouragement and for provoking him to “Pursue, Advance & Take Territories” for the Glory of God!

 

Keynote Speaker Dr. Warren A. Stringer, M.D.

Warren A. Stringer, M.D. is a 1976 graduate of Princeton Universityand a 1980 graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, CA. He completed residency in internal medicine in 1983 at Georgetown University Hospital, residency in diagnostic radiology at Loma Linda in 1987, followed by a fellowship in neuroradiology at Loma Linda in 1989. During his second year of fellowship he received the ASNR Foundation Award in Basic Science Research. From 1989 to 1992 he was Assistant Professor of Radiology at VCU Medical Center, followed by a similar position at the University of Arkansa for Medical Sciences in Little Rock from 1992 until 2002. In 2002-3 he took a year off to live and cruise the east coast and the Bahamas with his family on a 36 foot sailboat, returning toVCU Medical Center in 2003 as a staff radiologist and clinical Assistant Professor.

Dr. Stringer is a member of the Radiological Society of North America, The American Society of Neuroradiology, and the American Society of Functional Neuroradiology. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Neuroradiology. He has a special interest in the imaging of brain blood flow and function.

In his spare time Dr. Stringer enjoys sailing and singing. His wife Carol is a biologist, singer, and quilter, and his son Robert is a 4th year mechanical engineering student at Walla Walla University in Walla Walla,Washington.

 

 

 

Formal Dinner prepared by Chef Shannon Davis and the Mt. Gilead Gourmet Kitchen

Dinner Menu:
Stuffed Chicken Breast w/Spinach & Roasted Red Peppers 
Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
Rous’tic Vegetables
Hot Rolls
 
Desserts:
Chocolate Cake w/Raspberries & Blue Berries
Strawberry Short Cake 



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