I am currently involved with the following endeavors:
FITCHBURG MILITARY BAND
I am the Publicity Manager for this most prestigious band, posting announcements of upcoming events to local and social media. I also hand out the programs during their concerts.
The Fitchburg Military Band just completed its 150th year of existence. Composer David Shaffer was commissioned to compose a special piece, “The River and the Rock” to mark this special occasion. It features five movements: Birth of a Community, the Industrial Revolution, the War Years, the City’s Downturn, and Hope for the Future.
For more about what this band is all about, here is a letter I wrote to the Music Performance Trust Fund, in New York, on behalf of the band:
NEW ENGLAND FITCHBURG LUPUS WALK
Even though this volunteer venture is on hiatus, I would like to continue to spread awareness of this disease, which currently afflicts our Walk Organizer (and my former boss) Sue Myrick, so a cure can be found in our lifetime.
The New England Fitchburg Lupus Walk, is an offshoot of the original Boston Walk Team, “Sue’s Sweeties Against Lupus”, Over the past several years, this team has raised funds for the Lupus Research Alliance, which dedicates all of its monies toward Lupus Research.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease, affecting over 1.5 million people in the US, primarily in women, African-Americans, and Latinos. There is no cure. LRA is the primary fundraising and research organization for this disease, where 100% of all monies raised goes toward Lupus Research.
LUPUS ADVOCACY IN WASHINGTON
Each year, the LRA descends on Capitol Hill to speak with Legislators, to promote several funding bills aimed at increasing Lupus Research and Public Awareness. Our Walk Organizer, Sue Myrick represented us in Washington in March, 2017. She, and her colleagues (affectionately known as “Lupies”) learned about the various bills going through the House and Senate, then spoke with legislators from their respective home states to promote these bills, and educate them on this disease. Their efforts have been successful, as funding has been included in the annual budget process in the form of grants to LRA (and like organizations), as well as research and development with the CDC.
Sue has also been recently named as one of the Four Faces of Lupus by LRA. Her likeness and biography will appear on all mailings and fundraising events held by LRA throughout the upcoming year.
The Walk is looking for a new venue to hold this annual event. Please watch this page, as well as our Facebook page for further updates on this.
For more info on our Lupus events, as well as the link to donate to ALR, go to www.Facebook.com/NewEnglandLupusMallWalk
Or you can contact Sue Myrick at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-413-0656.