It is with undescribable joy and humility that I get to announce that our own Seacoast Concert for a Cure -- (hear our PSA here:
has been awarded a $5000 grant from the Frozen Pea Fund.
Here's the release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Seacoast Concert for a Cure Receives $5,000 Grant from Frozen Pea Fund
August 5, 2010 event at Seacoast Science Center to feature top local bands
Portsmouth, NH – July 31, 2010 – Seacoast Concert for a Cure, an annual music festival that raises funds for breast cancer survivor support, this week received a $5,000 grant from the Frozen Pea Fund, a grassroots, online fundraising effort for breast cancer research and programs.
Connie Reece, a Texas-based communications consultant, founded the Frozen Pea Fund in 2007, after a friend was suddenly struck with invasive breast cancer. Susan Reynolds, an artist and new media consultant from Virginia, opted for a frozen bag of peas rather than an uncomfortable, hard icepack after a painful biopsy. She tucked the bag into her bra, and the sight made her laugh. "That bag of peas added a touch of lightness to what could have been a sad and serious tale," she writes at her BoobsOnIce blog.
Since inception the Frozen Pea Fund has raised over $40,000, which it awards to local non-profits involved in helping individuals battle the devastating effects of cancer on women and their families. “We chose the Seacoast Concert for a Cure as a recipient because co-founder Katie Delahaye Paine reached out to Susan Reynolds after her diagnosis,” Reece said. “Katie provided hope and comfort by using new media channels like Twitter and Facebook to communicate with Susan and her online community.”
“I was a Twitter newbie when I first heard about BoobsonIce and the Frozen Pea Fund. As a cancer survivor, I immediately identified with Susan and was inspired by Susan and Connie’s efforts. To be a recipient of the fund is an honor and a thrill. ” said concert co-founder Katie Delahaye Paine. “I also think it’s totally fitting that this money goes to programs that help individual survivors and their families survive and thrive as Susan has.”
The 2010 CFAC event, which will be held August 5 at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH, will feature a unique lineup of national musicians with local roots, including the internationally-acclaimed band The Adam Ezra Group plus reggae stars Mighty Mystic and the Strings of Thunder.
Since the event began in 2005, Seacoast Concerts for a Cure have raised more than $80,000 for local non-profit organizations who provide much needed and valued support to breast cancer patients and their family members. Past events have provided funding for: mammograms to those who can’t afford them; support weekends for survivors and children of those affected by cancer; the creation of the web site BreastCancerStories.org, where women can share their stories and get support on line; as well as Dana Farber’s Survivorship Program – a program that helps more and more people survive cancer every year.
Last year’s concert raised over $15,000 for local breast cancer support programs. Money raised by this year’s event will help the following organizations:
- Betty J. Borry Breast Cancer Retreats which provide adventure retreat weekends for women living after breast cancer.
- On Belay, a local non-profit that supports children of those suffering from cancer or other life-threatening diseases. The organization was started by concert founder and New Hampshire Volunteer of the Year, Crescentia Healy True, who sadly lost her battle with breast cancer in 2006.
- BreastCancerStories.com, an online community where people touched by breast cancer can share their experiences with loved ones and with one another.
This year, attendees will also have a chance to bid on and win raffle and silent auction items including two tickets to The Colbert Report, a cruise on Lake Winnipesauke as well as several getaway vacation packages and two tickets to anywhere Southwest Airlines flies.
In hosting the event, the Seacoast Science Center continues its Thursday night series for an extra week. Other sponsors of this year’s event include: Appledore Engineering, Wentworth Marina and many other local businesses that are donating their time and services.
Tickets for the event are available on the concert web site: www.seacoastconcertforacure.com and from Bull Moose Records. Further details about the musicians, the recipient charities and the organizing team are also available on the web site, www.seacoastconcertforacure.com.