WE GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS
In 2016, I was at lunch with a good friend of mine. He told me he had been diagnosed with ALS two days prior. At the time I had no idea what it was. I soon learned it is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, it’s what the Ice bucket challenge was all about, and it is 100% terminal. I offered my love and support but also felt at a loss of how to help.
Fast forward 6 months - I was diagnosed with a vocal hemorrhage and subsequently resigned from my choir teaching position of 6 years. It was a hard decision but ultimately was what I needed to preserve my singing voice. Teaching had emphasized my love of creating and organizing concerts, so I was now looking for ways to still be involved. I paired this desire with my (borderline-unhealthy) obsession with the Beatles and started creating a small event. I soon realized that we had an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for the ALS community and shortly thereafter, BeatALS was born.
I reached out to the performing community. People responded overwhelmingly to the call and we ended up with 46 performers including singers, dancers, instrumentalists and even aerial dancers. At our event on May 1, 2017, we had over 1,000 people in attendance and we raised over $10,000.
We did not stop there. We’ve since created a school outreach program. Our first BeatALS Benefit – School Edition kicked off at Bennion Jr. High School on May 10, 2018. We had over 100 students participate and raised over $2,000. We have more school events scheduled for next year.
The reason I am telling you all of this is because we need your help. In addition to our school outreach activities, we are scheduled to perform another concert August 14th at the Hale Centre Theatre. We have a terrific lineup of performers coming back this year, including Jenny Jordan Frogley, Gentri, Ryan Innes, The One Voice Children’s Choir, Defying Gravity Utah, Odyssey Dance Theater Alumni and many others volunteering their time and talents for the cause.
Since our entire previous concert proceeds have gone directly to The ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter, we are starting from scratch and seeking donations to enable us to put up this concert. The operating fees for this concert, however, are $15,000 - this includes building rental, lights and sound, and marketing the event. We have partnered with Lavego, a 501c3 non-profit organization who supports our cause, and each donation made is tax deductible. With your donation, no matter the amount, you will help us reach our goal of entertaining, educating and ultimately inspiring people to join in the cause to Beat ALS.
Will you please help us by going to beatalsbenefit.com and donating today?
Thank you for your time and support. We are only able to help our friends with ALS and their families because of the caring and supportive communities to which we belong.
“You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one. -John Lennon