Traversing North America From Top To Bottom
The weekend of May 14 was not a usual Felix and Fingers weekend. While we’re always busy with multiple gigs, its not so common to find the entire team spread out at the same time stretching from New Orleans to Sudbury. And that just accounts for two of our shows. We also hosted a show in Florida that same weekend. So much for being “local!” For this busy weekend, I was the lucky guy who traveled North.
You might be asking yourself, “Do I detect a bit of sarcasm in his writing?” It’s always so hard to tell without an audible reference, isn’t it? The answer to that question, however, is “no.” Yes, I traveled North and the temperature dropped about 15 degrees from where I reside in Illinois. But I could still go out without a winter coat. The weather was just fine. More importantly, I was able to experience a stillness that I have never felt in my entire life. Usually when I travel “into the woods” I am at a point where I still have phone reception, or I can explain to someone where I’m at. But in this particular case, I ventured “the road less traveled” for about an hour, when I knew that my minivan could not possibly continue. Where I stopped was amazing! Of course, this extra adventure was after the show. We go to extremes to ensure that we are always ready for a show. Every precaution was made to ensure that there were no unexpected hold-ups at the border or anywhere else. In this particular case, we arrived to Canada an entire day early.
1Saves8 Organ Donation Fundraiser
This event was large and spectacular! There were hundreds of people donating money for a great cause – raising awareness to organ donation. Rich Griffin was known as a kindhearted, loving family man and friend to thousands of radio listeners in the Sudbury community. He died of a sudden and fatal brain aneurysm on May 23, 2015. Rich was an organ donor, and when he died he was able to save 8 other lives. His wife, Nancy, organized the event which included a four-course prime-rib/vegetarian option dinner with complimentary wine, a $10,000 Online/Silent Auction, a $1,000 diamond that secretly accompanied one of the many cocktails that were purchased. There were many fun and unique events going on, and she did a great job of ensuring that everyone would enjoy themselves. 1Saves8 raised $30,000 to support their cause. You can read more about the event and the mission at the 1Saves8 website.
The entire trip was incredible. Nancy’s story was powerful, and we were honored to be included as the entertainment for the event. I’ve always listed myself as an organ donor myself. After listening to the stories that were told that night, I had a better understanding of the impact that my decision could have. Thank you for having us 1Saves8!