Happy Halloween to you Trick-or-Treaters out there! I hope you’re all settling in the to the busy season and adjusting to the cold snap (I know we’re having some cold weather here in New England).
I’m sending out this newsletter to announce a benefit house concert on Ridgefield, CT on Saturday, November 9th. Light finger food starting at 6PM followed by music at 7PM. Please RSVP by contacting Gwenann Reid-Higham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I normally try to fit my performing schedule around my teaching schedule and therefore I usually don’t do many performances in the Fall. But, a special circumstance has come up where I felt that I needed to produce a house concert now. My nephew David Gregory and his wife Katie have two sons ages 4 and 1. The youngest, Wilson, was diagnosed with high-risk, stage 4 Neuroblastoma in May 2013 when he was 11 months old. His parents noticed two small bumps behind his left ear and brought him to the ER expecting to be treated for an unresolved ear infection. Instead, he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. These moments happen everyday I’m sure, but when they happen close to home you stop and pay attention because it is your family being affected. But I believe we are all family and when we become aware of need we should all step up and help in whatever way we can.
I can’t fly out to Chicago to sit with Wilson or babysit for his older brother Harry. What I can do is have a benefit house concert to help raise some funds to help off-set the extreme cost of dealing with the treatment of a life threatening disease such as this. Katie and David will have to take off from their work at some point to be with Wilson as he spends a month in ICU after chemo therapy renders his immune system inoperative. There is no safety net in our healthcare system for unpaid leave from a job, so we step up and help by contributing dollars. Contributions from immediate family is not enough, so I am asking YOU, my musical family, the “fan” who may be connected to me through song to step up and help by coming to the house concert or making a donation.
If you can’t attend the Wilson Gregory Benefit House Concert and you would still like to help you would like to help, please visit: WePay.com ~ Wilson Gregory Donations to help defray the costs associated with Wilson’s hospitalizations.
I am so lucky to have friends like the Reid-Higham family who are so willing to open their house and invite people in to listen to me sing and play. I am also excited to have my friend Chris Belden joining me on the stage to add his music and voice to this benefit.
Please contact Gwenann Reid-Higham to RSVP for the house concert. Since this is a private residence we will only give out the address once you have told us you are coming. The concert is limited to the first 50 people who respond. We are asking for a $10 donation at the door and all sales of CDs and other merchandise will go directly to the Wilson Gregory Fund.
Thanks for your thoughts and prayers and I hope to see you at the concert!