Thursday, January 30, 2014

Singing Boston Strong: Karis' Karaoke for a Kause - Three Weeks From Today

I can feel the butterflies starting and we still have three weeks to go until Singing Boston Strong: Karis' Karaoke for a Kause happening at Limelight Stage and Studios on Tremont Street in Boston. I always experience a sense of exhilaration and angst when it comes to putting together a fund raiser but mostly exhilaration trusting that people always show up!

The Boston Marathon bombings has been in the news today. I still get goosebumps and a feeling of nausea when I write that word. The government is asking for the death penalty of the accused bomber and of course that has generated all sorts of banter on Facebook.

My beloved Marathon Sports posted:

The bombings during last year's Boston Marathon affected so many people in so many ways. Our thoughts and prayers should always be with the victims, their families and the survivors.

I found this on Twitter -- the BAA has given 15 numbers to the family of Lu Lingzi, the Boston University grad student who was killed in the bombings. Five of those numbers will be going to BU students, staff, faculty or alumni. You can read the full story at Run The Boston Marathon in Honor of Lu Lingzi

And I expect that between now and April 21st, we will all be experiencing news stories, and emotional after shocks of the events of last April 15, but I also believe we will be experiencing a sense of healing - of hope - and of possibility.

Many of the survivors were treated at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital a new state of the art facility in Charlestown. I took the first steps on my healing journey 7 years ago at the old Spaulding Rehab Hospital on Nashua Street. I continue to find my strength in the Aquatics Therapy Program at the new Spaulding. The bombing survivors have found and continue to find their strength after a life altering event that defies description.

I didn't know Karis Antokal yet we were both in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel with Spaulding Rehab last April. She happened to look out the window at the time the 2nd bomb went off. Karis is a massage therapist at Spaulding. She had never run in her life and never imagined that she would ever take her place at the starting line of the Boston Marathon.

Yet lives were forever changed that day and while we have no choice about the events - we do have a choice about how we respond to them.

As Leonard Bernstein said:

So please join us on 2/20/14 from 8:00-10:00pm for Singing Boston Strong: Karis' Karaoke for a Kause. Don't worry if you don't want to karaoke - by the way I have made that a verb- just come and have a great time as we gather together for a great cause and to support Karis on her 26.2 mile journey from Hopkinton to Boston.

For a minimum $20 donation you will be entered to win an autographed Tom Brady Jersey. You can make your donation to Karis fund raising page

There will be a cash bar and appetizers and a Silent Auction:
2 Celtics tickets to the 3/9 Celtics vs. Pistons Game - Face value $350
3 autographed books by Bob and Lee Woodruff
A Cape Getaway Weekend
Gift certificates to Stapleton Floral Design and Marathon Sports

We are going to raise our voices and a whole lot of money as we sing strong because we ARE Boston strong.

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