Music legends Jackson Browne and Joan Baez headlined the sold-out event which was hosted by Seva board member and co-founder Wavy Gravy. The evening also included a stellar performance by kirtan superstar Krishna Das.
An unannounced guest, actor and musician Kris Kristofferson surprised the audience as he graced the stage to support both Joan Baez and Jackson Browne and round out what was an unforgettable event for everyone in attendance.
The crowd was buzzing with love and energy, rising to their feet to provide many heartfelt standing ovations. One of the most moving parts of the evening was when Ram Dass was adorned with a traditional Hawaiian Lei of flowers as part of a ceremony to acknowledge and honor the important contributions he has made to American culture by bringing the wisdom and traditions of eastern spiritual philosophy and practice to the west. The audience learned how Ram Dass’ many years of service to Seva have made it possible for the organization to prevent blindness and restore the eyesight of nearly 4-million people around the world. There were tears of joy shed by many in the room, but there were also clown noses, bubbles, and laughter as Wavy Gravy tactfully delivered the perfect amount of comic relief.
The benefit event was a smashing success, raising more than $150,000 to support Seva’s vital sight-saving programs in more than 20 countries. All of us at Seva are grateful to the musicians who so generously donated their time and talent, the event sponsors, our many dedicated volunteers and to everyone who was able to be in attendance. Proceeds from the event will be put into action right away to prevent blindness and restore sight, transforming the lives of thousands of people in need.
Top of page: Joan Baez with Jackson Browne sitting in.
Above: Ram Dass on stage during Sing Out For Sight.
Ram Dass exemplifies and gives voice to the spiritual motivation of Seva’s work, the notion of "selfless service." Ram Dass continues his selfless service to the family of humankind by sharing his reflections on the end of life through an upcoming Netflix documentary and a new book, co-authored by fellow Seva founder Mirabai Bush.
On March 4th, more than twelve hundred Seva supporters joined together at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului, Hi for Sing Out For Sight. A spectacular benefit concert to honor Seva's beloved co-founder Ram Dass.
"When I got involved with Seva, it was like putting on an outfit that multiplied my capacity to be involved with the relief of suffering a thousandfold, because this group has such extraordinary diversity of skills, and talents, and preoccupations if you will." - Ram Dass
Seva Foundation co-founder and Lifetime Board member, Ram Dass, tells the story of Seva's founding in 1978. Also, Larry and Girija Brilliant, Wavy Gravy and other Seva co-founders discuss the spiritual motivations for their work.
Honor Ram Dass by making a special donation to Seva and watch a 2-minute video as he speaks about having compassion for the global family of humanity.
We remember Ram Dass for his compassion, selfless service, and most importantly, love. The impact Ram Dass has made for millions of people around the world, and generations yet to even come, has not gone unnoticed.
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