Change Happens….

Change happens…I get it…but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

Six years ago my mom and I had a meeting with Dave at our local Starbucks.

When I met Dave I was nine years old and I was on crutches because I had dislocated my knee (again). We briefly talked about my latest injury and then started talking about Celebrate Virginia Live (CVL) and its benefactor Project 324.

Dave created Project 324 and wanted to talk to me about being involved. I told him how much music means to me. Throughout my medical journey music has been my constant. It cheers me up, it pushes me, it comforts me, and it inspires me. I enjoyed listening to him talk about his ideas for Project 324, and how he wanted to bring art and music together to enrich our local community and beyond. His dream quickly became mine, and I brought my mom along for the ride.

From the first day I stepped foot on the field at CVL, I was welcomed into the CVL family. Through the years, I went from being the little girl who introduced the National Anthem Singers and Young Marine Color Guard, to the young lady who was the face of Project 324 and an expert golf cart driver.

I have always loved lending my voice to my medical charities, especially Children’s Hospital Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network of Richmond. Through Project 324 I had an opportunity to blend my love of giving back to my medical community and the artist community.

CVL was my second home. There I was just “Megs” the Jr. Officer in Command. I was not Megan “who has medical challenges”. I was never seen as different. I was included in everything from setting up to shutting down and all the craziness in between. I have literally grown up on that field.

I learned so much from my CVL family. Each year I was included in more and more. My favorite was the community outreach. We held a Music Farm to collect used instruments to refurbish them and gave them back to the local schools, we sponsored music therapy camps for children who had lost a loved one, we upgraded patrons “to make someone’s summer”, we held logo contests, gave back to local schools, promoted local voice talent searches, but most importantly I loved working with the radio stations to promote local artists.

Project 324 provided a venue for local artists to showcase their talent. Project 324 gave opportunities to kids, teenagers, young adults, and community music group’s time on stage to sing our National Anthem.

Project 324 had an awesome internship program. Our interns have gone on to do some amazing things. They now hold jobs as event coordinators, community relations assistants, social media consultants and public relations.

This week has been bittersweet for me. CVL has been renamed to Celebrate Virginia After Hours (CVAH) and is under new management. Change is hard, but I am happy our community still has concerts in their back yard.

I will miss the joy and excitement of transforming a field into a concert venue. I will miss the anticipation as the gates open for that first show. I will miss the high fives and sighs of relief when the headliner takes the stage, but most of all I will miss my CVL family.

Dave, Peter, Nate, Dawn, Ray, Kelly, Emma, Ashleigh, Savannah, Hayley, Fran, (all the Matt’s), Christal, Jeremy, Edwin, Tiffany, Thunder Crew, DJ 2 Much, Sharon, WFLS, and everyone I have missed. Thank you for being a part of my life. Thank you for always being there. Thank you for never treating me different. Thank you for loving me and my family. Change may happen, but you will always be a constant in my life.

As Dave would say….the show must go on

As Peter would say….that’s a wrap

Love, Megs

This and That….

Happy New Year! I know I am only a few weeks late. I haven’t been feeling great lately. Apparently the flu shot did not prevent ME from getting the flu. I will be happy when winter is over and summer can begin. I only like winter if we are going to have lots and lots of snow.

School has been kicking my butt. When I am sick I miss a lot and that means I must make up a lot of extra work. It seems every teacher decided to give us major projects that are all due around the same time. That does not equal fun. Even my brother in college says I have more work than he ever had in school. I love projects but 4 at one time is a lot even for me. Thankfully my math teacher (who is the BEST) did not assign one yet.

I started basketball before the holidays. My doctor finally gave me the okay, but only if I did not over do it. I will say it has been a challenge. I am not sure if it is because I had a two games right after the flu, or if this is a little more exhausting than I had imagined. I love the sport and I am being careful. My coach is great about letting me rest when I need it.

Spring and Summer are fun because that is when my charity activities really pick up. Children’s Hospital Foundation is having the 19th Annual Bowl-A-Thon on February 9th, 2013 at AMF Shrader Lanes in Richmond. Last year I had a team with several of my friends because the event was on my birthday. Instead of a party everyone donated to the hospital. I have not been feeling well and decided this year to just make a donation. I would love if all the local businesses created a team or made a donation. It really is a lot of fun. Just contact my friend Stephanie Allan at 804-228-5827 or sallan@chfrichmond.org for more information about registering a team or becoming a sponsor.

I am really getting excited for this summer’s concert series at Celebrate Virginia Live. The line up has not been announced, but hints have been given and we should have some amazing acts. I a meeting with the crew soon to help put together the plan for Project 324. I have a lot of ideas that I hope we can make happen. I would love a pink radio and a t-shirt shooter this year. If you have not purchased a season pass, I would get one SOON. I have a feeling this year will be BIG and you will want to be up close and personal.

Time to head out with mom to arrange my birthday celebration for this year. I know I say I will keep up with my blog and I am trying. I promise to get better. I just have to make it through all this school work first.

Love,
♥Megan

Time to Make a Difference

I really need to get better about keeping up with my blog. I have been busy just trying to keep up with sixth grade. I am loving school, but it takes a lot for me to keep everything balanced and organized. I had my first project in history. It was on the Westward Expansion. I decided to do a scrapbook. My grandma loves to scrapbook and she has an amazing craft room. My mom helped me with the supplies and away I went. My teacher said it was the best he has ever seen. He even sent my mom a message. She took pictures I will have her post. Halloween was a blast. I went to my first Halloween party. I was a Bat Princess. I wanted to be Bat Girl, but they were sold out. We made it through Hurricane Sandy, but it was so sad to see what has happened to New York and New Jersey. I love New York and hate seeing so many people suffering.

This is a very busy part of the year for everyone. Christmas is coming but it is important that we think of others. Even if it is just giving your time to help. I love seeing all the ways you can help. I have my favorites, but if I could, I would work to help them all. Mom says the best way for me to help them all is to help people get involved. Remember…every dollar makes a difference.

Love to all…

♥Megan

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Catching Up!

I have been very busy since school started and have not kept up with my blog. Middle School is awesome. I am really loving my teachers and my classes. I have more homework than I thought, but I am managing. I have only had one headache and a stomach bug…fingers crossed.

Last weekend my mom and I accomplished another personal goal. We participated in the Children’s Hospital Foundation 4 Mile Walk/Run. My mom broke her tailbone last year and this was her first big walk. We started out slow. My knees started bothering me after mile 1 but I wanted to keep going. I think we were successful because we used this time to just talk and when I thought I couldn’t finish mom had me sing my camp songs. Before you knew it we were past mile 3. When I saw the finish line in my site I just ran. It was such a great feeling. I love when I meet a new milestone, but this one was great because I did it with my mom.

Children’s Hospital Foundation of Richmond has some great events coming up. Take a peek and get involved. http://chfrichmond.org/index.php/events/

Megs ♥

Catching Up

It has been a few days since I have had any updates. I was exhausted after last weekend’s concerts. I loved how many people stopped by the Project 324 Dunk Tank and Bull and asked “Are you Megs in the ‘Burg? I read your blog.” That was so cool. We raised a lot of money for Project 324 last weekend. Thank you!

Daughtry put on a great show. There is a big difference between Rock and Country Star personalities. The crowd at Celebrate Virginia Live was huge. We need this kind of support all year long for all the concerts.

I can’t believe the last concert of the season is Friday.  I have met some great people (Dave, Nate, Matt H, Matt M, Dr. Ray, Dawn, Mike, Brian, Ms. Rita, Chelsea, Leah, Shanda, Michelle, all the security guys, event staff, and volunteers).  I will miss everyone until next season. I hope everyone will say thank you to those in Red and Blue shirts. They are all volunteers who help to make each season a success.

Several folks asked me how a little girl got involved in charity work. I do it because I love it and I enjoy making a difference. I pick charities that are personal to me.

Children’s Hospital and Miracle Network provide comfort, treatment, and hope for all illnesses. That means so much to me since not everyone fits into a category for fundraising. Project 324 is about helping to fund programs in our community that center around music and performing arts. My dream is to be an entertainer. My goal is to go into broadcasting and have my own talk show. I am sure lots of kids have a similar dream and Project 324 will help them get there.

Darius Rucker Rocked the ‘Burg!

WOW! It has been a busy weekend. I really needed yesterday to rest after a spectacular Friday night with Darius Rucker and to prepare for Daughtry tonight.

Friday was blazing hot when I arrived at Celebrate Virginia Live. I volunteered to take the first shift in the dunk tank. The water felt amazing and I was begging for people to dunk me. The first person to succeed was my brother. I think he actually enjoyed dunking his little sister. After the dunk tank it was time to promote the CVL Project 324 T-Shirts onstage with my friends from Thunder 104.5. All proceeds will support underfunded music and performing arts programs in our local community. You never know you just might help put a future artist on stage someday.

The highlight of my evening was meeting Darius and talking about my work with Children’s Hospital of Richmond. He is such a sweet family man. When he arrived in Fredericksburg it was “Family Day”. He was out visiting our local establishments with his family. I had fun backstage twirling glow sticks with his kids as we listened to his awesome performance.

It was great to hear Darius sing songs from his days playing with “Hootie and the Blow Fish”. He spent a lot of time walking back and forth on stage making sure to say hi to everyone who came out to spend the evening with him. When the crowd starts singing along you cannot believe how loud it sounds from the stage. The two songs that brought down the house where “Hold My Hand” and when he performed “Purple Rain” by Prince. While I didn’t get to hear my favorite song, “If I Had Wings”, it was another night I will not forget.

Thursday night I met fans that traveled from Ohio and New York to spend the weekend at Celebrate Virginia Live. I started asking people if they were local. I was happy to hear people are traveling from DC, Northern Virginia, Western Virginia, Virginia Beach and North Carolina to see our concerts. They can’t believe we have such big names coming to Fredericksburg. They love the location, price of tickets, and accessibility.

We only have two concerts left in the series. Work has already started in preparation for next year. Make sure you list your recommendation on the Celebrate Virginia Live Facebook site.

I will see you at the show~

Megs