Thank You, Doug
“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” – Willy Wonka
My sincerest thanks go out to Doug Motel, a local actor, writer, comedian and coach who performed a one man show at the Rosendale Theatre yesterday and donated all of the proceeds to help fund Ana’s wishes. Thanks also to the Rosendale Theatre, who donated the space for the event.
Doug and his wife Carrie follow this blog. When we got the news about Ana’s latest tumor progression, Doug sent me an email offering to do a show. He said, “We want to make a donation towards Ana’s fund but figure we could make a bigger one from a fundraiser than from our own bank account.”
At the time, I wasn’t sure if any of us could even make it to the show (we were still reeling from the news, figuring out trips and wishes, etc.) but Doug didn’t mind. He said there was no need for any of us to come to the show – he wanted to have our blessing, that was all. So I said of course it would be fine, and Doug took it from there – planning, promoting and performing without any expectations from us in a way that has taught me, once again, what it means to be part of a community, what it means to give, what it means to have a generous heart…
I am truly humbled.
I’m happy that Jim and Janne (Ana’s grandmother), were able to attend yesterday’s show (I was home with the girls). It was a huge success, raising nearly a thousand dollars for Ana’s Wishes. We have put the money aside towards what may be our next trip – the visit to New Girl.
Thank you, Doug and to all those involved in making this show happen. Thanks also to those who attended and donated – you are all wish granters.
One final word – I would’ve talked about this upcoming show and (at the very least) promoted it on the blog, but Doug and Carrie planned it quietly and efficiently without my help. Aside from a Facebook event, it was only at the periphery of my very cluttered and cloudy radar. So, I regret that this is the first that many of you are hearing about this amazing event.