Comments for a Cause reveal day on the first of each month always makes me sing and today I am thrilled because the causes just keep getting better and better. It amazes me how each month I am able to unearth the perfect cause to highlight and bring awareness to my readers of a charity or organization that may have been unknown. This month is no exception.
But first I have to highlight Shriners Hospitals for Children which was our June Comments for a Cause recipient. I love all that this organization does for children and even had one reader comment how this organization helped a loved one. Those testimonials are what make me smile, how about you? This organization not only helps children heal it also is at the forefront of research and doing techniques and treatments that become the standard for many other hospitals all over the world. They specialize in several areas including burn care, orthopedics, cleft lip and palate and spinal cord injuries.
I am happy to announce that Chris and I will be making a donation of $143 to Shriners Hospitals for Children thanks to your comments during June. I am happy to be able to do this and make a small donation that will make a difference.
Music is such a huge part of my life. I have always been surrounded by music from my very early years until the present. My parents loved music and loved a variety so I was exposed to it early on in my life. I found a love of singing and even played percussion for a brief time in junior high until choral music won my heart. I can not imagine a world without music.
Fast forward to present day and Chris and I find ourselves living in a magical place that supports music more than any other place we have lived. We have attended our very first concert at the Brevard Music Center and I decided that it would be the perfect recipient for the July Comments for a Cause.
This is the 80th year that the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival has been in existence and to say that it is a pretty big deal may be the largest understatement of the decade
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Symphony. Opera. Pops. Jazz. Chamber. Bluegrass. | June-August 2016
400 students come to the institute every year. Their ages range from 14 years to 29 years. They live and breathe music and work with a faculty of over 80 instructors. They are exceptional and after their Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival experience they are extraordinary. Keith Lockhart, Music Director of the Boston Pops and BBC Orchestra in London, is the critically acclaimed conductor and after hearing the symphony play with Amy Grant on Saturday night I was amazed beyond words. I can not imagine how these students must feel with all of the talent that surrounds them in this beautiful setting.
By donating to the Brevard Music Center we will be encouraging young musicians and supporting their efforts. Chris and I believe in the arts and this month we encourage you to take some time to leave some comments on It’s Just Life in an effort to raise some support for what we have decided is one of the very best things about living where we live. For each comment made on the blog during July we will donate 50 cents.
Please watch the short video which will give you a glimpse into what this is all about. A side note is that this video is from last season and some of the upgrades have been made including the new acoustical setting for the stage area which are phenomenal. I think you will understand why we are so excited about making this our Comments for a Cause.
Happy early Fourth of July! I am taking a few days off to be with the family and grand kitty and grandpuppy– see you back here on Tuesday for Teapot Tuesday.
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So pleased you were able to make a nice doantion to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, one of my favourte causes. I too love music and your local music centre sounds wonderful. Nice to be living in a place that appreciates music.
Again, a great cause! Music programs really impacted my life growing-up and I am very grateful for being able to play in bands and sing in choirs.
Thanks, Jeni. It is such an amazing program and I can’t imagine what the students take away from it. And we get to rap the benefits!
Growing up without access to the arts, I so appreciate having them available now. What a great cause. Thank you and Chris for your ongoing generosity.
This is really an amazing place. Beautiful as well. We are going to another concert this week and can’t wait–it is the Shanghai Quartet and Chris loves them. There are so many to choose from and the lawn seats are only $15 but we haven’t booked any of those yet.
Such talent. Have a great weekend. 🙂
Thanks, Gibber. There is a huge amount of talent!
As a music teacher, I have always heard great things about Brevard. I have not been there but I have visited others and I always love outdoor concerts . Hope that is an option there, too .
I love that you have heard about Brevard! I know that you have devoted your life to music and this is right up your alley. Some of the concerts are on the BMC campus and the pavilion is pretty open air so you can choose to sit on the lawn if you wish. That is probably one of the things we will try soon! Thanks for stopping by! Miss you!
With a blog called “Midlife Mixtape” how could I resist? What a wonderful idea you have with Comments for a Cause – so cool. Brevard sounds like an amazing place and I’m glad to learn more about it!
Nancy— your blog name is awesome!!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!!! Can’t wait to read your blog as well!
What a great idea, Beth Ann! I admire the Shriners so much, they do great works. And anything to support the Arts is fine with me. Excellent!
Barbara– thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. I agree that the Shriners do amazing work. So happy to make a small donation.
A very worthy cause!! It’s so great to see people supporting the Arts — it often is the first programs to get funding cut.
I saw Amy Grant many many years ago and she was so amazing!!
Thank you! It is too often that funding gets cut. I love Amy Grant– have seen her several times.
Great video! Thanks for finding it!
Wow ! That’s amazing. What a wonderful cause; you just keep coming up with them, don’t you?
Anything to do with music and getting people involved and I’m in!
Just a “note” to commend you on your choice for comments for a cause this month. It appears to be a worthy candidate. Keith Lockhart will again be leading the Pops tonight on the Esplanade. Also I must congratulate the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital for their good fortune last month.
My first visit here, surely not the last. What a great concept, comments for a cause. And this one sounds wonderful. Nice work you do!
Thank you so much, Debbie! Welcome– it is great to meet you! Please come back often!
What a great cause. You’re so generous, Beth Ann. Tweeted too, in hopes of more comments.
Thanks so much, Adela! You rock!
A worthy cause as usual. Just watched the Boston Pops on the 4th along w/ the fireworks display. I suspect I’ll always regret that we never got a chance to go watch them when we lived there. D’oh! 🙂
Incredible cause, I have no idea how you pick them though, I’d be paralysed by choice!
Thanks, Linda, for taking the time to leave comment. I have had quite a list of causes since 2011 and there always seems to be something worthy that pops up just when I am trying to pick a new one. Pleas know how much I appreciate you stopping by! You are making a difference.
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