Last Christmas I gave you my heart with Project Joy. Every time you give your heart away it changes you.
Read all about the music benefit mission called Project Joy.
Seeing a different side of life and dedicating my musical mission to something bigger than myself and my situation opened a new perspective to what it means to motivate myself to write music that connects with others.
I've decided I want to take my musical mission to a new level and do something bigger to help humanity with my musical abilities. I plan on connecting to the community on a deeper level by writing music through the eyes of a strangers situation. Learning what it's like to be in certain situations that get swept under the rug. It's probably going to feel uncomfortable sometimes but what I'm going to learn from these walks of life will create music that can be used to heal. I believe music has many therapeutic elements and I want to explore that realm.
MC ZiLL and I would like to thank the many people who helped us make Project Joy Christmas 2017 a complete success. I dedicated my 7th episode of Sundress Covers to each and every single Project Joy donor! Check out the new episode here:
We raised a grand total of $1,175.00 for brain cancer research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Project Joy Highlights
The kick off party at Daily Planet was made extra special when channel 2 news showed up and aired a story about our mission with Project Joy. Watch the news story here.
Those who braved the snow storm and came to our Project Joy cocktail party at Start with Sleep had a fun time mingling and being serenaded with pretty Christmas tunes.
Through a networking connection made from our cocktail party we were interviewed on ESPN WNY at Work! Sharing our mission on the radio was an amazing experience! Check out the interview here!
The Project Joy Christmas concert at Lord of Life was my favorite Project Joy concert, out of the five concerts we hosted on behalf of our cancer benefit. The church community was amazing with offering support.
We were surprised and honored by the large draw for our Christmas Caroling Project Joy event at spot coffee.
We loved signing over a giant check to the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation and being interviewed by channel 7 news who featured a story on TV of our final Christmas performance in the lobby of the hospital.
Many of you requested an update on Robert Grossi (my sick father-in-law who we dedicated our brain cancer research benefit to). Bob is still in hospice. He's hung onto life through the holidays and we shared many special memories together. Bob is one of the strongest people I know, he lives for his family and to eat good food. He is celebrating his 67th Birthday this week and we are blessed to have this extra time with him. We are thankful that he is comfortable and able to be at home with his loving wife, Anna, who has not left his side during this entire journey that began last summer. It's been difficult for our family and we wish this never had happened. I wish it were different circumstances but we have accepted Gods plan and are moving forward with life and being the most positive we can.
During this difficult time traveling through uncharted waters Project Joy really helped us get through the holiday season by keeping us busy and connecting with people who shared similar stories. Singing carols and coming together to share empathy and compassion for those hurting was an incredible feeling that brought us comfort knowing so many people care.
Learn more about Katie Ann here.