Dear Prospective BEA,

I would like to announce to you that the Barefoot Entertainment Program has become a Division within Samaritan’s Feet supported by many qualified volunteers. As you know, it started with musician/songwriter – Damien Horne, of Nashville fame who composed a Samaritan’s Feet theme Song in 2008 and has since changed the lives of children around the world. Orchestras, choirs, bands and individual artists have said yes to raise awareness for Samaritan’s Feet and the 300 million children around the world who are forced to go barefoot because they don’t own a pair of shoes.

Our goal this year is to raise 1 million dollars, which will provide 100,000 children with a new pair of shoes and socks. With your help, we will reach our goal. We are looking for 100 artists and entertainers this year to help us raise $10,000 each.

Samaritan’s Feet is partners with the Barefoot at the Beach Festival in Myrtle Beach, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Beverly Crawford (Gospel), Big and Rich (Country), Billy Scott (Beach), Gordon Chambers (R&B) and many other artists to help us reach our goal. Through these partnerships, the hope is that thousands of other promoters and artists across the country will say YES to the Barefoot Entertainment Movement and change the lives of children forever. During the year 2012, all potential Barefoot Entertainment Ambassadors (BEAs) are being asked to perform in their bare feet. All artists are encouraged to ask their artist peers in the entertainment world to leave their shoes behind for a concert to continue to raise awareness and shoes for Samaritan’s Feet. Just one event performed in your bare feet can change the life of a child forever.

Samaritan’s Feet was started from my heart. Eight years ago, I left a lucrative marketing and supply chain job to start Samaritan’s Feet, a 501 c3 organization whose goal is to put 10 million pairs of shoes on children’s feet in 10 years around the world. Samaritan’s Feet serves the impoverished in over 62 countries around the world and has placed new shoes on the feet of more than 3.5 million children, but we still have a long way to go to reach our goal.

Originally from Nigeria, I grew up very poor. I received my first pair of shoes at the age of 9 from a missionary. This pair of shoes opened the door of basketball to me, which changed my life. Just one pair of shoes can make a difference in the life of a child. My basketball career started in Nigeria and eventually led me to play for the University of North Dakota –Lake Region, on a scholarship. Without that first pair of shoes none of this would have been possible. Not only was I given shoes at the age of 9, I was given hope for a brighter future.

Become a part of the barefoot movement for 2012. Contact Samaritan’s Feet Barefoot Entertainment Director, Peter Rieke at 704-575-1993 or

As more artists stand ‘barefoot’ together, the impact will continue to grow and more children will be given hope.

We would be glad to mail or email you a packet of information to help make your event successful.

Will you provide a voice for the 300 million barefoot children around the world?


Manny Ohonme
President and CEO

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