What a night! The Seed of a Nation Gala was a success on multiple levels. Besides raising a nice bit of funds for upcoming projects, it was just plain fun! Inspirational too! We also made clear the one-thing our non-profit exists to promote: Love.
The fact that attending guests represented a diverse crowd demonstrated how the “seed” reaches beyond imposed and unnecessary boundaries. Folks were there from Washington State, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kenya, Ghana, Nepal, Ireland, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and South Africa. Many colors, ages, and different political persuasions too. Exactly, they represented the beauty of the “seed,” for it reaches beyond imposed and unnecessary boundaries.
As for the message that night, Darrell powerfully narrowed William Penn’s accomplishments to one un-legislate-able act, which allowed us to end our portion of the evening on the strategic power of love. One guest from Africa said of this, “My country needs this example desperately.” We all do! America equally. It is an enormous task to accept the responsibility of the “seed” – requiring us all to reimagine the world we know. To make compassion an operating principle immediately shines light on the interest-driven gains that have been legitimized for centuries and dominate politics today. No longer could one’s calling, position, wealth, military might, or claim of “providence,” legitimize the consolidation of power, the marginalization of people, extreme nationalism, and more. It places a mirror up to society, making the effect of real love potentially disruptive and risky. Of course, we spoke to this at the gala. This topic will be spelled out more in the future and in one of our next books (and maybe in a public meeting or two).
It was great to hear from entertainment attorney and executive producer, Vinca Jarrett, on the journey to bring Penn to life to screens around the world. The Seed of a Nation, Inc. and The Seed of a Nation Production Co. has progressed steadily toward this goal. It was great to share it with friends at the gala!
Below are a few additional testimonies from that night.
“For me, this was the first time I heard the Penn story, I need to read the book. I was touched by Lorrie’s LOVE message.” Lancaster PA guest
“Thanks for a life impacting event.” – Southern PA guest
“You changed my mind about fundraisers.” – Harrisburg PA guest
“I felt a gentle rebuke for my ‘opinions’ about people.” – Philly guest
“The Fields are leading a way forward.” – Northern PA guest
“Wow, wow… wow.” - Mount Joy, PA guest
“I need to get this book into my nation.” – Ethiopian guest.
“We love you. Thanks for your tenacity.” - Florida guest