Two songs written and performed by BHS Music students during the 2019 Alumni Songwriters Bootcamp, will be performed live at the 2020, Annual Beacon Rising Women’s Concert fundraiser at the Town Crier, Saturday, February 8 @1:00 pm. Partial proceeds will go toward The Love Quest Foundation in preparation for next years, Alumni Songwriters Bootcamp. You can purchase tickets here:
During my initial undergraduate studies, I pivoted from majoring in Pre-Dental to English Creative Writing (because 10 years was too long but keep reading). I sat in one of my English classes listening to Junot Diaz as he read from the pages of his own work (Drown), his real life story coming to life right off of the page. At that moment, I saw each scene vividly as if I was a bystander and wanted to know, how could I captivate an audience in the same way.
I briefly shared that I recently got out of a relationship (the one that inspired The Love Quest Foundation) and wanted to write a non fiction piece about it too. Junot told me I WAS TOO CLOSE to the situation and needed more time to reflect on the story, for at least five years.
Twenty plus years later (twice the amount of time to be a dentist), I think I am ready to captivate and inspire an audience the same way he did. Too close can mean a variety of things: a situation can be staring you right in the face, you don’t have room to breath, you can be smothered to the point you are not safe and/or you can be at the brink of a pivot that can be a matter of life and death. If you have to take one step at a time or take a leap of faith, whatever you do don’t DROWN, there is always someone to save you or a resource to get you to the other side, even if everything feels too close…
New York State Domestic Violence Help Line 1-844-997-2121
During the COVID-19 Health Crisis Domestic violence reports in NY went up 15% in March and 30% in April, according to Governor Cuomo.
In addition to staying healthy, victims have to stay safe. If you are in need of help and resources please contact the number above.
The Love Quest Foundation’s 2020 Annual Take Back the Night Benefit EP will be available for purchase at the annual, Hudson Valley Women in Corrections and Community Supervision Training Day. You can show your support in the vendor section and take a picture on the purple carpet. Proceeds benefit our Alumni Songwriters Bootcamp and our other programs that prepare our future alumni on the journey, called #TheLoveQuest.
Donations are currently being accepted on the linked Go Fund Me page for Beacon High School alumni, Heather Morgan’s service expenses and ongoing support for Heather’s six dependents. Please donate what you can as we inquire on which Adopt-A-Family option will benefit the family.
The Love Quest EP will be featured in the vendor area of the Hudson Valley Women in Corrections and Community Supervision (HVWICCS) on 3/14/19 along with signature items from SOUL Makeover Candles and Mynk Beauty.
The Love Quest EP submission was considered for nomination for the 61st annual Grammy Awards. Our project featured Grammy-nominated producers Keyon Harrold and Dammo Farmer . Tune into the 61st annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019 on CBS.
Thank you to the attendees of the 2018 Women in Corrections Training Day for your purchase of the The Love Quest EP: Awareness & Prevention Campaign Fundraiser.