BENEFITING: MEN ALIVE
I hope you are visiting my page by being directed here from my latest Facebook update on being in the hospital - in addition to that post and the guys of this Organization really stepping up you can see my original post just after my birthday and why I am trying to keep the dollars coming for this group!
On March 21st I turned 46 and I decided to raise some money for an important organization in my life - MenAlive - The Orange County Gay Men's Chorus.
My Goal: (a pretty aggressive goal I admit!) is $4600.
I am asking you to help me achieve this by donating $46.00 (are you starting to see the theme of 46 here?) or if ya like me a lot - double that to $92, or if ya only like me half as much as I like you - make it $23.. and if you wanna be the crazy standout superstar on the list of donors to the right - and ya love me lots? - make it $460!!
I think you get the idea, tho please do not feel constrained to the $ theme - if your OCD needs a nice round figure to make balancing the bank account easier - -25 bucks, 50 bucks, 100 bucks - it really all does help!
My story: Here is why MenAlive means so much to me and why your help is needed:
When I moved to California in 2007 I found myself alone in an unfamiliar environment, my circle of friends, support and love were far away in Iowa and it was harder than I thought it would be. I mean a LOT harder than I thought it would be to find a place to "fit In" ..to belong in my new community.
Then I found MenAlive.
What I found in MenAlive was an organization that provided me with so much more than just the chance to let my artistic side out. I found a whole new way to connect to my commuity and saw the many ways both big and small that this group changes people, including me!
In 2008 most of you know that I had a heart attack. Being in California with no immediate family or long term close friends nearby, I can tell you it was scary. I was pretty firghtened, freaked out, whatever you want to call it... and mostly I felt very alone.
The one good friend I had made by then, Sean, was by my side almost immediately..and when I woke up the next morning the first people to wak into my room were members of MenAlive..men who had known me only a short time and certainly not on a deep, years long, friendship level - but there they were reaching out and offering me community and healing and joy.
They held my hand, and offered hugs and laughter and joy and support and made sure I knew I was loved. They watched out for me for months afterwards, making sure that I was supported and I don't think they even knew what that meant to me.
That act of kindness on their parts served to solidify my dedication to MenAlive and all it offers and provides.
The mission of MenAlive is simple ---"Through music, men's voices unite as a vehicle to entertain, educate, bring healing, joy, community and build bridges to the public at large." ---What I have experienced firsthand is that this mission quietly reaches so much deeper that sometimes i think people forget that we are more than just a performing group.
We are often the first place where family, friends, coworkers and others experience our community as people and not just a political or health issue. That introduction makes it easier for other organizations to follow up on those vital issues of equality, health care and legal protection. We make it look so effortless and like such a fun time that people often overlook the role we actually serve and downplay the need to provide financial support. Nothing could be further from the truth - we need your support!
THIS is where you come in - helping to make sure we are able to contunue our mission by making a donation today!
In the 6+ years that I have now been honored to be a part of MenAlive I have found so much more than music, I have found love and friendship, I have found personal healing, I have found support that was there when I needed it most.
I have witnessed first hand the power support that this group provides to each other as well as to the audiences we encounter - and the dialogue that opens up and the understanding that promotes. I have seen myself grow personally as a result of my involvement - understanding the need for each of us to be involved and to do our part.
I hope you will give generously and wish me a fabulous 46th!
Lets keep MenAlive strong and vibrant bringing joy, healing, community and building bridges.
much love to you all
PS - watch the video I embedded that tells you more about MenAlive and the change we bring!