Resident Magazine November 2016 Cover Photoshoot - Sam Childer's Interview
On Friday, November 4, 2016, Sam Childers, better known as “The Machine Gun Preacher,” will be speaking at the first Gala to benefit his organization, The Angels of East Africa – a Children’s Village located in South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Uganda for children orphaned by the rebel attacks in the areas.
A perfect combination of Faith and ferocity, many know Mr. Childers from the film based on his life “The Machine Gun Preacher,” featuring Gerard Butler as Sam, that was released 5 years ago.
I had the unbelievable opportunity to produce this event with my marketing and production firm, Starbaby Enterprises, The Angels of East Africa Gala will take place at City Winery on 155 Varick Street from 7-10pm.
The purpose of the event is to create awareness of the atrocities in those parts of Africa and to raise funds for the organization’s current projects; including farm equipment, housing, food, and educational facilities. Those in attendance will enjoy a grandiose evening for a good cause and will have the opportunity to bid on several luxury items for the charity as well as original artwork from the “Angels.”
I was determined to do something special for this wonderful organization and was able to partner with Resident Magazine for the event. We were able to get Sam and one of his biggest supporters -world renowned actor, Michael Shannon - on the November 2016 Resident Magazine Cover.
During the photoshoot I had the opportunity to speak with Sam, Michael, and Celebrity Stylist Phillip Bloch.
(It was a complete surprise that Phillip Bloch was there - i've followed some of this work over the years and recently seen him in the 2005 film, 'The Unseen,' featuring Gale Harold - who was my celebrity crush all through highschool.)
Jordan Elizabeth Gelber interviews 'The Machine Gun Preacher,' Sam Childers.
Why We Need Your Help
FUNDRAISING GOAL: $350,000
The Angels of East Africa Gala will donate all funds raised at the event towards projects for the Childrens' Villages in South Sudan and Ethiopia.
These funds will feed and school 300-350 orphans and fund 3 specific projects that AOEA is currently working on. More information about these amazing endeavors are detailed below, your small donation could make a huge difference in an orphan's life.
Each of these projects are intended to provide the children with the skillset, education, materials, and equipment to live a sustainable lifestyle in East Africa full of opportunities.
The Angels of East Africa Gala featuring The Machine Gun Preacher & Michael Shannon
Throughout the night, guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages (wine & beer) as they listen to the illustrious speakers from both the UN and Hollywood.
Speakers include Dr. David S. Bassiouni from The Bassiouni Group, Seth Mock from the Midwestern African Museum of Art, Speaker Ezio Pavone, and Special Guest – Oscar Nominee, Michael Shannon who will also be performing with his band at the end of the evening. This life-changing event will open with a performance by musician Yan Hender and a special Premium hour presented by Empire Cruises, featuring a spirits tasting from Catskill Provisions for VIP and Premium VIP ticket holders.
One ticket can easily provide 5 children with a home, schooling, food, and clothes for 3 months. Tickets are still available up until 24 hours prior to the event and all guests will receive luxury gift bags featuring products from sponsors; Replica Wines, Harmless Harvest Coconut Water, Catskill Provisions, Empire Cruises, Moon Cheese, Media Partner RESIDENT Magazine, and more.