Stories That Matter is a new and exciting fundraising collaboration between The Blot Collective, The Guiding Hand Foundation, and Survivors Joining For Hope.
It will stage six true stories, each written and performed based on the personal journeys of those affected by the latter two non-profits.
‘The Guiding Hands Foundation’ exists to provide relief to patients and families currently in active cancer treatment. These are stories of fear and pain, but also of survival, hope, transcendence, and inspiration.
‘Survivors Joining for Hope’ strives to lessen the hardship exerienced by individuals and familles who have been affected by suicide. These stories will move you, and make you delve deep into your emotional consciousness, provoking questions that will provide a light in times of darkness.
Each unique segment will be written by local writers, and performed by local actors. It is a great chance to witness the talent within our community, whilst also gaining awareness on these important issues.
There will be music created by the poet and performer Lawrence Diggs.
Tickets are $15, and are available via Eventbrite. $20 cash on the door. All of the money will go towards paying the performers and funding each non-profit.
There will be beer and wine on sale at The Bakery.
In their own words:
The Blot Collective is a non-profit artist collective in service to the spoken word.
We seek to bring together artists of various vocal mediums such as poetry, slam poetry, story telling, improv, rap, short plays, minimalist theater, informative talks and more.
Our collective is designed to help you as an artist reach your goals by providing all the support, assistance, and fundraising we can to make your project a success. We also look to reach out to our under-served and “under-heard” communities to collaborate and establish platforms of expression and communication.
We are committed to community enrichment and education by holding classes, events, fundraisers, and outreach programs designed to help people express themselves through vocal means.
The Guiding Hand Foundation is a locally born, grassroots nonprofit organization, founded on the commitment that all funds raised stay within our local community.
GHF exists to provide relief to patients and families currently in active cancer treatment. GHF establishes and funds programs that operate within our community.
The programs created and supported by GHF, and with hundreds of volunteers and donated hours, help provide the much needed bridge of relief with the every day essential needs.
Survivors Joining for Hope was founded by survivors, for survivors.
Knowing firsthand the impact losing a loved one has on those left behind, we strive to lessen the hardship experienced by individuals and families who have been affected by suicide.
With the help of generous donations, grants, and partnerships with local businesses, our organization provides access to financial assistance, grief counseling, and other services so survivors can focus on recovery.
In addition, we believe in increasing suicide awareness in the hopes of inspiring greater attention to preventative measures and means of support for those in need before it’s too late. While suicide may never disappear, we pride ourselves on speaking out on behalf of those who have been lost or need help so we can help those who are still here. Together we can make a difference.