Love Connects; join the journey

Organized by: Karesa McElheny

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owner profile image Karesa McElheny via Crowdrise
September 25, 2014

We can't tell you how much it means that people are contributing to our journey. The best part is we feel it is creating an effect! See More

EVENT DATE Sep 13, 2014

THE STORY:

What is Love Connects; join the journey?
This journey - a two week road trip - will be undertaken by us, Marla Miller and Karesa McElheny. The sole (soul) goal is to reach a vast array of people and document how the loving relationships in their lives, or even the simplest warm gestures from strangers, have profoundly affected them.

Who are We?

Marla is a photographer, Karesa an actress and director. Both professions specialize in the study of people and capturing their emotions. Marla wanted to explore how LOVE CONNECTS and affects people, and utilize her photographic skills to create a book on the subject, as well as a documentary. Karesa was initially coerced into going, but was thrilled to lend her talents to a creative project that had the possibility of changing people's lives. And maybe someday meet Oprah! (Ok just another of the promises Marla made to get her to go along.)

Who do we look to for love? What would it be like if we made all decisions from a state of love, not fear? And how can we be more loving on a daily basis and affect those around us in a positive way?


What will we Accomplish?
We will be sharing the answers that we find to these questions and more; interviewing people about the impact love has had on their lives, incorporating the results of previous studies that have been done on love and it's positive effects, along with our own "love experiments". We hope to better understand, and will express in a future documentary, the impact LOVE can have on a person's physical and emotional health. Ultimately, we hope to inspire people to consciously be more loving and kind in their daily interactions.


All encounters will be an attempt to CONNECT with others in a way that is solely motivated and steeped in love. The additional challenge for us is to react to ALL circumstances; rabid wildlife, tourists, long lost relatives, law enforcement - from LOVE ONLY.


How can YOU be a Part of the Journey?
Join us via Facebook as we interview and photograph the people we meet along the way!  We hope you will comment, share your thoughts and own experiences, and maybe try some of our experiments with us!

www.facebook.com/LoveConnects.thejourney 

What you get for your Support!

If you are able to contribute anything to our mission, know first of all that you have our heartfelt gratitude.  Doing something like this is a dream and a privilege, and we  appreciate your faith in us.

For a gift of $25 

• A personal thank you note from Marla and Karesa 

• Acknowledgement of your largesse on our Facebook Page!

• A Stress-releasing Squishy Ball!!

For a gift of $50 

• A Tote Bag with the Love Connects Logo on it. 

• A personal thank you note from Marla and Karesa 

• Acknowledgement of your largesse on our Facebook Page!

• A Stress-releasing Squishy Ball!!

For a gift of $100 

• An acknowledgement of your contribution in the book and a screen credit listed in the documentary! 

• A Tote Bag with the Love Connects Logo on it. 

• A personal thank you note from Marla and Karesa 

• Acknowledgement of your largesse on our Facebook Page!

• A Stress-releasing Squishy Ball!!

For a gift of $250 or more:

• A signed copy of the finished book! 

• An acknowledgement of your contribution in the book and a screen credit listed in the documentary! 

• A Tote Bag with the Love Connects Logo on it. 

• A personal thank you note from Marla and Karesa 

• Acknowledgement of your largesse on our Facebook Page!

• A Stress-releasing Squishy Ball!!

 

Our Journey:

We start in San Jose, California, where we will load up the car with all the provisions necessary to document our journey, including sleeping bags, cooler, cameras, sunscreen, lots of quarters for parking and laundry, travel guides, recommendations (maybe yours?), imagination and ingenuity, and of course our favorite healthy snacks. (Ok...maybe a little chocolate.) On to Las Vegas, Nevada for the first stop of the trip, where the strip and wedding chapels beckon many a traveler to experience LOVE Vegas style! Then to Salt Lake City, Utah, which has been deemed by CNN to be the “least stressed out city” in the country. We then go to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, an iconic town where John Wayne shot his first speaking role and rode his first horse! Cruising onward, we will pass through the wonders of Yellowstone, America’s first National Park. On to Boise, the not too big and not too little capital of Idaho. We then mosey on to Klamath Falls, Oregon, (Klam-Meth, as we read somewhere??) before heading back to California and the historical Victorian town of Eureka. Finally, we conclude our adventure in San Francisco....we promise not to leave our hearts there, so that we may continue to spread love wherever we may go!

 

And Finally…

We hope you will follow us on Facebook as we post pictures and news of our trip. We want this to be an interactive journey and would love your participation along the way...we so appreciate your support!

www.facebook.com/LoveConnects.thejourney 

With Love, Karesa and Marla

 

 

 

 

A Tote Bag with the Love Connects Logo on it.
A personal thank you note from Marla and Karesa
Acknowledgement of your largesse on our Facebook Page!
A Stress-releasing Squishy Ball!!

 

For a gift of $100

An acknowledgement of your contribution in the book and a screen credit listed in the documentary!
A Tote Bag with the Love Connects Logo on it.
A personal thank you note from Marla and Karesa
Acknowledgement of your largesse on our Facebook Page!
A Stress-releasing Squishy Ball!!

 

For a gift of $250

A signed copy of the finished book!
An acknowledgement of your contribution in the book and a screen credit listed in the documentary!
A Tote Bag with the Love Connects Logo on it.
A personal thank you note from Marla and Karesa
Acknowledgement of your largesse on our Facebook Page!
A Stress-releasing Squishy Ball!!

 

Our Journey:
We start in San Jose, California, where we will load up the car with all the provisions necessary to document our journey, including sleeping bags, cooler, cameras, sunscreen, lots of quarters for parking and laundry, travel guides, recommendations (maybe yours?), imagination and ingenuity, and of course our favorite healthy snacks. (Ok...maybe a little chocolate.) On to Las Vegas, Nevada for the first stop of the trip, where the strip and wedding chapels beckon many a traveler to experience LOVE Vegas style! Then to Salt Lake City, Utah, which has been deemed by CNN to be the “least stressed out city” in the country. We then go to Buffalo, Wyoming, an iconic small town that represents the historic tradition of the old American West. Cruising onward, we will pass through the wonders of Yellowstone, America’s first National Park. On to Boise, the not too big and not too little capital of Idaho. We then mosey on to Klamath Falls, Oregon, (Klam-Meth, as we read somewhere??) before heading back to California and the historical Victorian town of Eureka. Finally, we conclude our adventure in San Francisco....we promise not to leave our hearts there, so that we may continue to spread love wherever we may go!

And Finally…

We hope you will follow us on Facebook as we post pictures and news of our trip. We want this to be an interactive journey and would love your participation along the way...we so appreciate your support!

With Love, Karesa and Marla

 

 

 

 

 

For a gift of $100

  1. An acknowledgement of your contribution in the book and a screen credit   listed in the documentary! 
  2. A Tote Bag with the Love Connects Logo on it.
  3. A personal thank you note from Marla and Karesa
  4. Acknowledgement of your largesse on our Facebook Page!
  5. A Stress-releasing Squishy Ball!!

 

For a gift of $250

  1. A signed copy of the finished book!
  2. An acknowledgement of your contribution in the book and a screen credit listed in the documentary!
  3. A Tote Bag with the Love Connects Logo on it.
  4. A personal thank you note from Marla and Karesa
  5. Acknowledgement of your largesse on our Facebook Page!
  6. A Stress-releasing Squishy Ball!!

 

Our Journey:
We start in San Jose, California, where we will load up the car with all the provisions necessary to document our journey, including sleeping bags, cooler, cameras, sunscreen, lots of quarters for parking and laundry, travel guides, recommendations (maybe yours?), imagination and ingenuity, and of course our favorite healthy snacks. (Ok...maybe a little chocolate.) On to Las Vegas, Nevada for the first stop of the trip, where the strip and wedding chapels beckon many a traveler to experience LOVE Vegas style! Then to Salt Lake City, Utah, which has been deemed by CNN to be the “least stressed out city” in the country. We then go to Buffalo, Wyoming, an iconic small town that represents the historic tradition of the old American West. Cruising onward, we will pass through the wonders of Yellowstone, America’s first National Park. On to Boise, the not too big and not too little capital of Idaho. We then mosey on to Klamath Falls, Oregon, (Klam-Meth, as we read somewhere??) before heading back to California and the historical Victorian town of Eureka. Finally, we conclude our adventure in San Francisco....we promise not to leave our hearts there, so that we may continue to spread love wherever we may go!

And Finally…

We hope you will follow us on Facebook as we post pictures and news of our trip. We want this to be an interactive journey and would love your participation along the way...we so appreciate your support!

With Love, Karesa and Marla

 

 

 

 

$1,910

 

64% Raised of$3,000 Goal

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  • Ellen

     

  • Bonnie Cahoon

    $25

  • Jed and Nickella Schlanger

    $50

  • Ann and Rodger

    $25

  • Joanne & Mike

    $50

  • Julie

    $25

  • Fellow Traveller!

     

  • Kris H

    $100

  • Supportive Couple

    $500

  • Linda Robinson

    $100

  • bill

    $50

  • Harley Davidson

    $25

  • Kathy, Tina, Rio & Bing-Bing Somerfield

    $100

  • Dave Shepard

    $100

  • Craig Aldrich

     

  • Dr. Bob Chastain

    $100

  • Steve Greenberg

    $25

  • Lisa Mavian

    $50

  • Karen Bernosky

    $50

  • Juana Samayoa

    $10

  • Shelli Baker

    $200

  • Paula Kirchner

    $50

  • Tim Jacobson

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Donor Comments

Tim Jacobson

Tim Jacobson

DONATION: $100

Keep up the good work! 4 years ago

Shelli Baker

Shelli Baker

DONATION: $200

4 years ago

Paula Kirchner

Paula Kirchner

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Juana Samayoa

Juana Samayoa

DONATION: $10

Gas$ for the Love Journey! 5 years ago

Karen Bernosky

Karen Bernosky

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Lisa Mavian

Lisa Mavian

DONATION: $50

xox 5 years ago

Steve Greenberg

Steve Greenberg

DONATION: $25

This looks terrific! 5 years ago

Dr. Bob Chastain

Dr. Bob Chastain

DONATION: $100

Keep on loving, connecting and journeying! 5 years ago

Craig Aldrich

Craig Aldrich

Love? I'm all for it! Good Luck, and be SAFE! --Craig A. 5 years ago

Dave Shepard

Dave Shepard

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

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