Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Tony Melendez, international Catholic musician and inspirational speaker, to perform in Spokane in May

the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 26, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Tony Melendez is coming to Spokane, Thursday, May 14, and Friday, May 15, for two 7 p.m. shows.

This incredible and inspirational journey for Tony began in 1987 when he played his guitar for Pope John Paul II. Since 1987, Tony has shared his talents and message of hope around the world.

The concerts will take place at Gonzaga Preparatory School. Tickets are $12 for bleacher seating and $15 for floor level seats.

Following both evening shows, Tony will host a meet-and-greet with desserts in the Barbieri Student Center at Prep.

A thalidomide baby, Tony was born without arms because his mother was prescribed thalidomide, a drug used to help calm morning sickness during her pregnancy. He was brought to the Los Angeles area from Nicaragua to be fitted with artificial arms. He wore them until he was 10, when he disposed of them. “I didn’t feel comfortable,” he said. “I could use my feet so much more.”

Tony’s story and his gift of music, especially his guitar playing, will be a moving experience for everyone who attends the concert.

Tickets can be purchased from Our Lady of Fatima Youth Ministry, 1517 E 33rd Ave., Spokane, WA 99203. Businesses and those wishing to help sponsor this event can contact Dan Glatt at Our Lady of Fatima, 747-7213. Special seating will be available to sponsors. Please make checks payable to Our Lady of Fatima Youth Ministry.

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