HILLSIDE DISTRICT-- Crimson Bridge will return to Emmanuel
Evangelical Free Church, where the group was conceived, to help needy
children by entertaining Sunday evening church-goers.
The four-member women’s Christian music group includes three
Burbank residents. The singers, who met while in the church choir,
share a 17-year friendship and partner with Seattle area-based World
Vision, a Christian disaster hunger-relief organization aiding
children in Third World nations.
“The four of us simultaneously and independently had this real
desire to do something tangible for people who were less fortunate
than we were, and it was about that time that the group came together
and was presented with the opportunity [to partner with World
Vision],” said Sylvia Lange, 43, the group’s managing director.
Lange said the group has toured for more than three years and
makes about 65 appearances across the country annually. At
performances, people can sign up to sponsor a needy child for less
than a $1 a day for medical needs, food, clean water and education.
“Many of these kids don’t even have a fraction of these things,”
she said. “It’s a really great way to put compassion into action and
it’s a really simple way to change the life of a kid.”
Lange, now living in San Diego, attended the church before moving
away from the area. Group members and Burbank residents Robin
Whitmore, 50; Patti DeFelicis, 43; and Billye Sluyter, 32, still
“It’s kind of a big deal for us from an emotional and spiritual
perspective because this church is where our group was really born,
and we believe a lot of the success of the group is because of the
prayers of these people.”
The group has toured with Christian music greats Sandi Patty,
Larnelle Harris and Jonathan Pierce. Lange and Sluyter also toured
with The Ray Conniff Singers, a popular big band group in the ‘60s
The group will perform at Grandview Presbyterian Church in
Glendale, Whitmore’s church as a youth.
“When I go in there, it brings back a lot of memories and it
really feels like home,” she said. “It’s such a warm feeling to look
out into the congregation and see these faces that I remember from
years ago that are still there.”
The group will also be celebrating their CD titled “Common Bond,”
released last month, and will remain after the performance to sign
The free performance will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church on 438
E. Harvard Road. For more information, call 843-0900.