Supporting the Path of Good Dreams

Have you ever had a theme song that has run through your life, appearing at random in the most unusual or most auspicious times? In my generation of baby boomer’s there was a genre of music produced that will never fall away, like “the Beatles”. In this particular case, it was a different band, but apparently still listened to because a google search awarded the find of a Youtube for your listening pleasure.  For those of you in a younger generation , you might not remember “TenYears After”, but there is a song I just can’t shake. Here it is,  light years later….  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzrUqAtUcpU

Why now, do I have this song in the forefront of my mind? I’ll tell you.

“I’d love to change the world……but I don’t know what to do”…….So I’ll leave it up to you……

There are many of us who have come together to create change in a challenged world where the “law of increasing entropy needs organizing power”. I am borrowing that line from my friend Michael Mamas, a spiritual guide and teacher to many. I heard him say that during a meditation retreat at Mt. Soma, and it stuck, like the Ten Years After Song. The time is now. Now is the Time. We have organized our Dreams.

The organizing power for me, is the joining of all  good dreams; awakened of individuals vying for a better world. It is interesting to me that we have found each other, our field of dreams, in a “Pepsi contest“. By now, I think everyone has become aware of the 20 million dollars that Pepsi is transferring to community minded projects all across America. What most people don’t realize is that we all have that song running through our hearts, We all want to change the world, and we have a dream to realize that will manifest the change, and ultimately, here in this Pepsi playground, it is being “left up to you”.

We have made the dream real by believing in it. We have worked hard to get our voices heard to be competing in Pepsi. We have made it to the leading spots to realize that our dreams are possible. But ultimately it is all up to you. A simple vote. All you have to do is vote. It seems so little to ask. People are busy. I get that. What I don’t get is why someone wouldn’t take a few minutes out of their time on the computer or cell phones, to cast a vote in our favor – We are destined to win by your votes; votes that will enable these dreams of a better world to awaken into realization.

Our 250K partners – Skip Program and Casting for Recovery are my first examples;

Skip Program was developed on June 5, 2009, in memory of George “Skip” McKeone Jr. On June 5, 1966, Skip was killed at the age of 9 while crossing the street in Mount Gretna, PA. Skip was a member of the Cornwall Baseball Team.

The Skip Program was started with money donated in the memory of Alice V. McKeone.

Shared qualities run through the lives of Mt. Gretnans who come to be regarded as legends. Quietly and without fanfare, they add to the lives of their neighbors — with gifts of laughter, friendship, faith, comfort and compassion. 

Alice McKeone, who lived out the last 64 years of her life in a cottage on First Street in the Campmeeting, knew both joys and tragedy. She and her husband raised five children there, three of whom survive. An eight-year-old son was killed while crossing Route 117. Another son, Thomas, a pastor, passed away last year. Her husband, George McKeone Sr., had died in the living room of the cottage she cherished, the cottage where she herself passed away last Saturday. 

Yet she filled up her 86 years in joyful service to others. A few weeks before she died she was busy assembling prayer shawls to comfort others in times of stress. For more years than anybody can count, she devoted her life to the volunteer fire company, serving for over a decade as the ladies auxiliary president. She became known for her famous ham and bean soup, flavored with the Pennsylvania Dutch delicacy known as rivels and based on a recipe passed down by her grandmother. It was the essential ingredient in nearly 30 years of successful fire company fundraisers.

Alice left memories that several generations will honor. Such are the qualities of those who make a difference in the communities where they live.

Skip Program believes all children should be given the opportunity to play sports and participate in community activities.  Sports and community activities are a large part of childhood.  Skip Program wants to provide assistance to underprivileged children whom, without donations, would not be able to participate. This Pepsi grant of $250K for Skip Program would go far and wide to have a positive impact on the lives of many children. It deserves everyones votes.

For more information visit the Skip Program website at http://www.skipprogram.com/

Casting for Recovery is dedicated to supporting women on their journey with breast cancer.  Since 1996, CFR has offered unique healing retreat programs featuring fly-fishing in the curriculum.  The gentle casting motion is therapeutic and the natural environments are healing in themselves. Our focus is on survivorship. CFR offers 43 programs in 30 states,at no cost to the participants.  The $250,000 grant from Pepsi Refresh would enable Casting for Recovery to add seven new retreats and reach more women in need. It too, deserves everyones votes.

Everywhere we look and in the eyes of everyone we know, there is a loss or a victory to the battle of breast cancer. The goal of Casting for Recovery is to be a preeminent breast cancer support organization addressing quality of life issues as they;

  • Expand current successful retreat programs such as the “Casting for Recovery”
  • Develop alumni services
  • Incorporate information forums
  • Provide breast cancer symposiums for medical and psychosocial professionals working with breast cancer survivors.

Partnering with The Big 10 Alliance means that Casting for Recovery can create a ripple effect and reach and educate more people about their mission.  It also means becoming engaged with a dedicated team of like-minded groups committed to the public good through education and comradarie.  The Big 10 Alliance reaches out across America to create a connected TEAM whose strength and determination is stronger together than any one program.

For more information visit the Casting for Recovery website at: http://www.castingforrecovery.org

Please feel free to sign up to receive updates to this blog in your email. I will continue to post more info about the great projects you are voting for in the BIG 10 Alliance. We are the good dreams you want to see opening to a wakened world.

Thanks for your interest in what we are doing, but more importantly, Thank You for Voting, for voting daily and for encouraging everyone you know to vote any way they can!

Sincerely and in service I remain.

Diannah Beauregard

Studio Thirty Three

http://Big10alliance.org/

studio33jewelry.com

http://www.refresheverything.com/creativefundingthroughart

VOTING FOR OUR ALLIANCE IN PEPSI REFRESH:


  1. Vote online at http://pep.si/Vote-Big-10
  2. Text message your vote to 73774 with 100505 as your message.
  3. Vote in Facebook on our page using the voting app. Text Vote for Studio 33:
  4. Visit my blog site and sign up to receive updates in your email.
  5. We  have a new voting page that lists all text #’s and allows you to vote online and then go to facebook and vote. 3X voting!

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