Mortenson Cancels May 3 Event
The Massachusetts Conference, sponsor of an upcoming appearance by author Greg Mortenson in Worcester on May 3, announced today that Mortenson has withdrawn from his planned engagement due to health concerns.
Mortenson, who was the subject of a highly critical segment aired on April 17th’s “Sixty Minutes” program, announced recently that he is suffering from a hole in his heart which is reportedly due to be surgically repaired in Bozeman, MT, this week. Given the surgery and recuperation time, Mortenson’s agent said it was impossible for him to fulfill his engagement at Worcester’s Mechanics Hall on May 3.
"Our decision to sponsor Greg Mortenson’s appearance in Worcester focused on providing an opportunity for laity and clergy to be inspired and challenged by Mortenson’s work in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and to share with him their questions and concerns," said Associate Conference Minister Susan Dickerman.
"As part of the event, the Worcester Children’s Chorus of 50 young people from the greater Worcester area was to sing and proceeds from the event were to be shared with the Worcester Area Mission Society’s after school programs. We are sad that neither of these opportunities will take place now. We will offer full refunds of ticket purchases to all ticket holders. Those holding tickets should contact the Mechanics Hall Box Office for a refund at 508-752-0888, no later than May 5th."