I want to share two upcoming benefits for two very important causes happening in New London. I’m continually reminded of the importance of living intentionally through community, and I’m grateful to be able to offer my own talents toward the benefit of others. Recently I heard someone say that when we don’t live for the benefit of others, we are living beneath our privilege. This was a profound reminder to put into action our unique contributions toward building a healthier, more supportive community. Indeed, it takes a village.
First, the Regional Multicultural Magnet School in New London is holding its 2nd Annual Music Festival and Fund-Raiser called MagnetPalooza to support the school’s enrichment programs. The event takes place Sunday, June 10th, from 3:00-5:00pm at the Hygienic Art Park, Bank Street, New London. Musical acts include local celebrity and children’s music artist, Steve Elci & Friends, as well as Mr. C & Friends (our school principal & talented teachers), the RMMS Chorus, WTO (local hip-hop group), and Dogbite (Hugh Birdsall and Kevin Salley are teachers at RMMS), and dancing with Mr. Leo. I have the pleasure of being part of the behind-the-scenes work for this benefit and will enjoy dancing and fun with the families, including my own, who will be there. All are welcome! Suggested donation $5/individual, $10/family. Here is the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/351044854948559/?ref=ts
Second, a benefit for another local celebrity, Steve Kaika, long-time bassist for the Reducers, will take place on Friday, June 15th from 6:00-11:00pm also at the Hygienic Art Park. Steve is battling cancer and this benefit will provide monetary support for his treatments and the reality of not working for several months. It’s sure to be a bitter/sweet evening and an opportunity to show Steve how much love and support there is for him in the community. I’ll be performing with the Rivergods at this event, alongside Dogbite (Reducer’s guitarist, Hugh Birdsall’s other band), Ken Atkins & the Honky Tonk Kind, and the Original Sinners (a four-some including Ben Parent, Hugh Birdsall, Jim Carpenter, and John Fries). Suggested donation $10. Please consider offering more. Raffle, food, and drinks will be available. Here is the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/315313298554859/?ref=ts
Wishing you all a great transition into summer. I look forward to seeing you soon!
Love & Peace-