Thursday, September 11, 2008

Never Forget: An Album and A Way of Being

It is important to keep in perspective that in the face of great adversity, there was great courage and strength shown that day in New York and throughout our nation, and that is a large part of what the American Spirit is all about.

Liem Walker
Seasong Recording Label

Today is September 11. Pausing for reflection? We sure are.

Today is also a day to show gratitude for our brave service members who sacrifice ease, comfort, and safety for us. In keeping with showing thanks, Mia and I are very proud to share with y'all a project that we've had the pleasure of participating in for the last year that does exactly that.

"Never Forget is a tribute album to our military families for their support, sacrifice and dedication to our nation and to all those whose lives were lost or affected by the devastating events of September 11, 2001. Developed by Seasong Recording Label utilizing the talent of some of today’s most respected and legendary Nashville artists, this CD is a compilation of the American spirit..." (Never Forget press release)

"...For Sherry Johnson and Liem Walker, owners of Seasong Recording Label...inspiration for this collection of songs came from the creation of the USS New York Navy ship...crafted in part from seven and a half tons of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center Towers. The ship was christened in New Orleans this past spring, and the event surrounding the christening featured live performances of the songs “Never Forget” (by two-time Grammy winner Rebecca Lynn Howard) and “USS New York” (by the legendary Charlie Daniels), both found on the Never Forget album." (Never Forget press release)

"A portion of the proceeds from album sales will go to Hope for the Warriors™, an organization established to support service members wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan and their families. Hope for the Warriors™ actively seeks to ensure that the sacrifices of wounded and fallen warriors and their families are never forgotten nor their needs unmet. Hope For The Warriors™ programs cover a multitude of support needed by not only the wounded but by their families and the families of the fallen." (Never Forget press release)

So how are Mia and I involved?

Two years ago, our dear friend, Roxanne Reed, who wears the hats of Founder and CEO of Jane Wayne Gear and All Fired Up Candle Company as well as military spouse and full-time mom, asked us to join her in creating Marketing to Military Group (MMG), a public relations and project development firm that works with "civilian" companies to create ways to reach the military community. Through introductions made by friends and colleagues, Roxanne connected with Sherry and Liem, and their project inspired all of us at MMG to offer our assistance.

We're very honored to have been a part of the consulting team that created such an inspiring tribute. And what a thrill for a team who adores music so much! "In addition to Rebecca Lynn Howard and Charlie Daniels, the album features new music from country music superstars Aaron Tippin, Tracy Lawrence, George Jones, Pam Tillis, Tanya Tucker, Michael Peterson, Randy Travis and Darryl Worley, as well as newcomers Lloyd Knight, Leah Faith and Justin Ryan. Much of the album's original music was written by Anita Cox (Freedom Hill Publishing)...make your contribution through an album purchase at iTunes, or The album is available now at all digital retailers and hit retail stores on September 9, 2008." (Never Forget press release)

Saturday, September 06, 2008

The Princess Project

Hi Y'all,

We recently received an email from Red Letter Days client and friend, Jenna Gumto, regarding her involvement with The Princess Project, a not-for-profit organization that provides prom dresses to girls who could not otherwise afford them. We think this is a lovely cause, and we want to share its mission and opportunities to support its efforts with you.
Read on!

Hi Everyone,

I am part of the newest chapter of a wonderful organization called The Princess Project. The Princess Project is an organization which provides prom dresses to girls that could not otherwise afford them. This year is the inaugural year for The Princess Project San Diego and as the summer comes to an end, we are hard at work preparing for our first prom dress and accessory giveaway event in 2009. This year, San Diego intends to serve at least 200+ girls and we need your help!

The Princess Project began in 2002 with one San Francisco site, and since then, over 9,000 Bay Area girls have received new or gently-used prom dresses and accessories through Princess Project giveaway events in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and the East Bay during the spring. This year we have added San Diego! The mission of The Princess Project is to promote individual beauty and support high school girls while reusing prom dresses (green living at its best). Here is what one girl had to say about her experience:

"Thanks wouldn't be enough. My parents REALLY couldn't do this for me, even if they wanted to. Thanks, I'd like to help other girls in my situation." – Princess Project participant

I wanted to make a difference in people's lives and that' s why I joined The Princess Project. In order to meet our ambitious goals for 2009 and beyond, we hope that you will join us in this campaign to collect $15,000 -- and help us launch The Princess Project San Diego. Please make your financial contribution to The Princess Project today! Every gift counts – and we are confident that together we will reach our goal of $15,000! A gift of $30 buys a prom dress for a girl in need! A gift of $10 buys a girl the accessories to go with her dress!Every dollar counts.

How to Give Online:
- Click on the Donate $ Now pink present button or the link on the Donate page
- Make your credit card gift of $10, $15, $20, etc.*** Very Important: You must type in SAN DIEGO into the "Designate My Donation" box on the online form ***
Where to Send Checks:
The Princess Project
P.O. Box 471045
San Francisco, CA 94147-1045
All checks will be deposited in the Princess Project San Diego account and all donations will receive a tax receipt.

Best regards,
Jenna Gumto
Dress and Accessories Collection Committee

P.S. Please also visit and sign up for our e-newsletter – this is a great way to stay informed of upcoming volunteer opportunities and event details. Thank you for supporting The Princess Project!