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There Will Be Joy

Out of heartbreak and loss comes compassion and support. Out of sorrow comes appreciation of what we have.

Last September, Howie Emerson and his children Grace, James and Kate suffered the unimaginable loss of Anna, their wife and mother, and Charles, their new-born son and brother. During that time, Howie made two promises to his children: that they would be okay and that there would be joy back in their home.

It has been six months, and we felt it was time to celebrate Anna’s and Charles' lives. To that end, we are organizing the There Will Be Joy Benefit Concert and Silent Auction, with all the proceeds going to the Emerson Children’s Education Fund. This fund was established by Anna’s colleagues at Hatch International*, where Anna worked as a Mechanical Engineer.

For the whole story, see the articles posted in the Hamilton Spectator:

  1. "There will be joy back in this house"
  2. The mourning after: Emerson family deals with "new normal" after deaths of mom and newborn brother

Cheri Emerson & Don Lawson

* Hatch will match all funds raised by the There Will Be JOY! Benefit Concert and Silent Auction


We are humbled and eternally grateful...

Well, almost all the items have been delivered, and most of them have been paid for too. Our house is strangely empty!! But we wanted to share what is very close to our final count...


We want everyone who came, donated, volunteered, created and made music to pat themselves on the back. It’s because of you that this was even possible. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!! We are eternally grateful and we will never forget this!

Peace ‘n love,
Don and Cheri

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Bishop Ryan Theatre and Performing Arts Centre