On November 19, 2012, the HER House hosted an open mic event. Yes, an Open Mic! It was nothing less than amazing. The ladies did a great job organizing the event and welcoming the guests who arrived to perform.
All proceeds from the Open Mic supported Girl Up. Girl Up is an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation. It gives American girls the opportunity to become global leaders and channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for those United Nations programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. A Girl Up staff member, Dory Gannes, was present to give a formal overview of the organization and facilitate discussion on prevalent issue facing girls around the world.
The House was filled with a wealth of talent from many schools and colleges in the Boston area, including Berklee College of Music. At the Open Mic, the artists, including a few HER House residents, really dived into their music, comedy and poetry and performed as if they were on stage at a major arena. The artists had a passion for what they did and you could tell as they played their guitar or held that microphone ever so tightly. The guests were greeted with delicious brownies and popcorn. The show lasted from 7pm-10:30PM and the talent never stopped! I was amazed and thankful by the number of performers and audience members. After this experience, it’s clear the ladies of the HER house will definitely have another Open Mic!
– Lili Wondwossen, SAR 2014