The Purple Project's annual "Night of Hope" is always held on Aug. 19. This year's speaker at the free event is former U.S. Navy Seal Chad Williams, who will share his faith story and love for Christ. Soldiers will be honored that night, too, Sherry said.
Sherry feels Williams' experience might especially touch men's hearts, since they are often "taught to be tough" and often don't give their grief full expression.
"I love that a man is going to share his story about conversion," Sherry said. "I thought he could bring a light to all those people who suffered in the war."
During the event, The Purple Project will distribute purple handmade rosaries. Inspirational booklets from the organization Direction for Our Times also will be available, Sherry said.
In addition, the following Christian artists will sing, Adam and Rachel Frazier, Karyn McCarthy Charvat, Catheryn Kuhar, Sherry said in an email.
"We have never charged for this event," Sherry said. "When Alisha died, many people gave us meals and did many prayer services for her. We just want to give back the love we received from the community."