Time to start getting busy. I love Spring. The weather is just right. Not hot, not cold. This also means charity season will be in full force. I love raising awareness. I truly believe this is my calling. I like bringing people together. I plan on blogging a lot about my events. My blog is called “Megs in the ‘burg” because I am a local girl who wants to highlight the great things our community has to offer. I hope you will share this blog and also follow me on twitter.
Celebrate Virginia Live is not only a great concert series they support the “ARTS” through the charity Project 324. One of the projects they are supporting is a local Fredericksburg Filmmaker, Paul Lewis, and his Kickstarter campaign to make a movie called “Ford Madox Ford: A Man Mad About Writing”. I also had an earlier post about the PBS Online Film Festival “Live Art”. It is very important we keep the arts alive. It must be encouraged and never discouraged. Everyone keeps asking me if I know who is coming this concert season. I won’t know until you do. I know the suspense is killing you, but I have no doubt the CVL team will bring another amazing season for 2013.
I do know we have some new sponsors that you should check out. One is Legends Sports Grille. This is my kind of sponsor because I love food. Especially MAC and CHEESE. Legends is an authorized ticket vendor for Celebrate Virginia Live. If you have a business that is interested in being a sponsor for the 2013 concert season, go to the CVL website and sign up.
If you have been following me for awhile you know I am a patient at Children’s Hospital of Richmond/VCU. I love giving back to the hospital. Many don’t realize that Children’s Hospital has a satellite location here in Fredericksburg. I help raise awareness for ALL medical conditions and Children’s Miracle Network of Richmond. Next week we have a meeting to kick off the fundraising season.
I hope that you all will enjoy my postings. If you have a local business and would like a shout out, let me know.
I have been begging my parents for an iPad mini for months. Now you have the chance to own one. Are you over the age of 18? Do you live in Virginia? Beginning March 11th-22nd you have a chance to win this prize. Just follow this link to enter. You don’t have to purchase tickets to the concerts to enter, but we still would love to see you there.
The film “Live Art” is very special and deserves for everyone to watch and VOTE. As a spokesperson for the Celebrate Virginia Live Project 324, this is an initiative we are supporting. Performing Arts have helped me. After my stroke, I took dance lessons to work on my balance and coordination. This grew into me learning how to act and model. It helped my confidence soar. Take a moment and just watch. Help spread the word on twitter, Facebook, or email.
I am very excited. The first three concerts of the Celebrate Virginia Concerts season have been announced. May 17th, Billy Currington, August 9th, Trace Adkins, and August 23rd, Brett Michaels. More will be coming and I will make sure to keep you updated. I am excited to resume my duties representing Project 3l24 the “Official Charity” of Celebrate Virginia Live. It is going to be an amazing season.
I am looking forward to having Brett Michaels at Celebrate Virginia. We have a lot in common. I hope we get a chance to talk. We both have had open heart surgery, suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA), raise awareness for charity, and love animals. My best friend Baileigh is a juvenile diabetic and so is Brett. He has done an amazing job to bring awareness to the disease. Like me, he believes you should serve as a role model and inspire people young and old to be get involved. I do not allow my “challenges” to define me. I have a BIG voice, but my platform is small, this is why I love when celebrities use their status to raise awareness. I hope everyone will come on out to the shows this summer. Spread the word. Bring your family and friends. It is a great way to spend a summer night. The more people we can have in attendance the bigger the shows will become.
I can’t wait to get my hands on a radio and twirl around the grounds on the golf cart. I wonder if I will be able to bedazzle a radio in rhinestones….hmmm!
Last month was a great month. Not only was it my birthday, it was also “Heart Month”. My grandma is a heart surgery survivor and it is important for everyone to be heart healthy.
The week of February 7th-14th is Congenital Heart Awareness Week. Congenital heart defects are America’s and every country’s #1 birth defect. Nearly one of every 100 babies is born with a CHD. While I am a heart survivor with lasting side effects, others have not been as lucky. That is why I make it my mission to bring awareness to all children facing health challenges.
I was also happy to see the legislation for Gwyneth’s Law passed. This story hit very close to my heart. Gwyn was a middle school kid just like me. She had a congenital heart defect that was being monitored. Last summer Gwyn collapsed while playing outside at school. CPR could have saved her life. She did not receive medical attention until the rescue squad arrived. She suffered a devastating brain injury and died six weeks later. Her parents have worked to create a Gwyneth’s Law that would require teachers to received CPR training in school. My mom was shocked this was not already the law.
I hope everyone will make an effort to either become CPR certified or trained. You could save someone’s life someday.