The West Side Church in Richland is working with the World Vision organization to help families in Mali, Africa, become self-sufficient.
The church will hold a community celebration and fundraiser Oct. 1 called "Hello, Mali," which will feature a performance from Pasco's Broadway Babes, dance exhibitions, snippets from a comedic opera and a variety of musical and instrumental musicians.
The event starts at 6 p.m. at the church at 615 Wright Ave. Admission is $15 with the proceeds to help pay for the traveling costs for church representatives' trip to Mali next year.
"The performers all belong to West Side Church and the entertainment is just plain fun," said Kelly Rauh, an organizer of the event. "Several numbers will have (the audience) laughing like crazy, and the finale will enlist audience participation for singing new lyrics to the theme song from Hello, Dolly.
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"We invite people to join us for a refined, fun-filled evening of sumptuous desserts, delightful silent auction items and dazzling lighthearted entertainment by talented locals."
Tri-City families sponsor about 200 children in 60 undeveloped, drought-ridden villages in Mali, one of the poorest areas in Africa, Rauh said.
Donations help raise awareness for the people of Mali and what the church is trying to do to help that community become more self-sufficient, she added.
A delegation from West Side Church will spend 10 days in Mali early next year. It will be accompanied by one representative from the U.S. World Vision organization.