This May, SaulPaul had the opportunity to perform at the official GrandFamily Gala and GrandRally at the nation’s capitol. There were hundreds of grandparents from 30 states represented who came out for the 5th national rally! SaulPaul was eager to share the story of how his grandmother raised him and changed his life. The event celebrated family members and highlighted the critical role grandparents and other relatives played in providing safe, loving, and permanent families for children.
SaulPaul was excited to play a part in sharing his message of hope and inspiration and play and the theme of the event to build and strengthen community with hope. He performed an original song dedicated to his grandmother who raised him. The GrandRally featured testimonials of relative caregivers from across the country, other youth raised by kin, kinship allies, and musicians raised by or raising relatives, including SaulPaul as well as A Second Chance, Inc. Choir from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Caregivers not able to come to Washington joined the GrandRally virtually in group events across the country and called their members of Congress to support the relatives raising children who gathered on Capitol Hill. “Every child in America deserves a safe, supportive and permanent family,” Dr. Sharon McDaniel, Member of Casey Family Programs Board of Trustees, and Founder, President and CEO of A Second Chance, Inc. said before the rally. “More and more, grandparents across America are fulfilling this vital role. Casey Family Programs is proud to partner on this important event to honor grandfamilies’ commitment to building communities of hope for their youngest members and to recognize that everyone has a role to play in creating hope and opportunities for children and families.”
SaulPaul was honored to play a part in this momentous event.
Excerpt from: https://grandrally2017.org