Embarc Fundraiser – A New Movement

If you missed it last year,  this is your chance to get tickets before it sells out completely — again. A New Movement, and evening of dance benefiting the Embarc organization will be happening on Nov. 1st with six world premier pieces featuring the Joffrey dancers.

The past few years, I’ve been heavily involved with this organization and have gotten to know a few of students who have thrived despite the odds stacked against them. They are now leaders in their school and in their community. They mentor other students through Embarc and are creating their own programs to solve the problems in their community. The transformation that I have seen for some of students have left me awestruck and renewed my belief and committment that hope comes in many packages, and it can have a ripple affect far greater than you would ever imagine.

Even if you can not make it to the performance, you can still be involved. Purchase a ticket on behalf of one of the Embarc students or simply donate to be a part of providing access to real-world experiences that gives students a profound understanding of their own personal possibilities.

Extra bonus, I’ll be there.


Practice off Your Mat

The toughest walls to break down are the ones we create for ourselves. They limit our potential in creating our best lives and our ability to connect to what is around us. My hope is always that in our physical practice of creating space and ease within our bodies, we teach our minds the ability to break past what we think of how things should be and open ourselves up to the infinite potential in all of us and in every situation.

Embarc is an organization that doing just that for children in the public schools of Chicago. They provide life changing experiences and events to children that would otherwise not have access, growing their world view exponentially. Join me this Wednesday for the first ever Embarc Variety Spectacular. That right, not just your average good time for a good cause. And if you can’t make it, please lend your support in creating a better future right here in Chicago. You don’t always have to go far to make a huge difference.

And now for the details…….

Quenchers Saloon
2401 N. Western Ave. (Western & Fullerton)
Chicago, IL

The talented gather to entertain, bemuse and perhaps make you just a little uncomfortable, all in the name of charity. EMBARC Chicago hosts a variety spectacles with special performances by world musicians L’Orchestre Super Vitesse, The Retar Crew, David Kovac, and surprise guests.

100 percent of the night’s proceeds benefit EMBARC, an Englewood-based nonprofit that provides culinary, cultural and nature-based experiences to at-risk high school students. Come out, have a drink and marvel at the entertainment while supporting a good cause.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the door. Doors open at 6:00 pm, show kicks off at 7:00


Haiti House

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” — Dalai Lama


[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color:#8c2626;”] E [/dropcap]specially in light of the current tragedy unfolding in Japan, I am reminded of the earthquake that hit Haiti over a year ago now. It is hard to think that a place will ever be the same after something so monumental occurs, but with hope and resiliency of the human spirit we prove that we are stronger than our circumstances.

Last year we held a fundraising event for the Earthship organization’s trip to Haiti. I was overwhelmed and personally touched with the generosity of everyone that participated. Your good works were not in vain.  Earlier this year, the Earthship went back to Haiti and built another permanent structure that served as a teaching model for the Haitian crew and will eventually be a permanent place of residence. This structure included it’s own sewage and water reclamation system, a solar panel, and ability to grow food within the water filtration system. This is a step up from the basic structure built last year and a step towards building a better future for the people of Haiti.

For more information: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/americas/02/24/haiti.earthship/