You know, people really care.
The tragedy in Haiti has slipped from the headlines behind the winter Olympics just past, the other big earthquake in Chile, the health care debate in Washington and more. And yet, people still care.
Here are two examples:
Sunday night in Bay Shore, New York, about 250 people will gather for a musical benefit to raise money for MAP International’s work in Haiti. Mary Louise Cohen, the powerhouse of a woman who made this possible, was compelled to do more than send money for Haiti relief. She wanted to engage her community, raise awareness and get others to publically show their support for people not so far away who had suffered so much more than most of us will experience. The benefit at the Boulton Center for the Performing Arts will feature performers include singer Janine DiNatale and tap-dancing superstar Cartier Williams, the protege of artist Savion Glover. An earthquake survivor will relate his harrowing story…and more. Should be a great night. I’m traveling to Bay Shore to take part. You can support the event’s fundraising goal by giving online at the MAP website.
Then, on March 18 in Los Angeles, some of the country’s best dancers and choreographers will gather at the the El Portal theater for a Haiti benefit performance. The event is hosted by Millennium Dance Complex and MAP. Proceeds will support MAP’s Haiti relief and rebuilding effort. The geniuses behind this are Millennium’s Robert Baker and MAP’s Joy Chesbrough. Check out the event’s great website. You can donate there, too.
Momentum for this event is growing in Los Angeles. More and more performers are being added. Why? They care
You know, people are good.
by Michael J. Nyenhuis, President/CEO, MAP International
Rehearsals at Millennium Dance Complex are underway for people who want to break the record and be part of the biggest dance croud to ever do the Thriller dance at once.
Cute little Ashley Tisdale headed to the Millennium Dance Studios (where Britney Spears often rehearses as well) yesterday. She was all smiles for the paparazzi. I guess she is new enough to the game that she doesn’t yet feel the need to cover her face and try to hide from the photographers. I would say at this stage, she’s just enjoying her newfound fame It’s nice to see someone who isn’t yet jaded by all the attention. We’ll see if Ashley is still handling things the same in a few years…