FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2011, Washington DC — Bring your creativity. Bring your optimism. And join us Sunday afternoon, September 18, 2011, for the Life is Good Kids Rock & Art Festival to raise funds for The Life is Good Playmakers Kids Foundation, which helps kids overcome life-threatening challenges.
“I have been raising funds all summer to support this important organization, and even got to interview Bert Jacobs, the founder of The Life is good Company, to talk about more ways to help kids who aren’t as lucky as me and my friends,” says Dylan Gibbs, 12, who is hosting the backyard event. “He suggested that we host a festival with backyard games, art contests, and music, and I thought that would be a fantastic idea.” (That’s Dylan with Bert, pictured right.)
Join us on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 18
When: The festivities begin at 1 p.m. and go until 5 p.m.
Where: At Dylan’s house (Send us an email for directions.)
Donations: We ask that each attendee make a minimum of a $5 donation to the Life is Good Kids Foundation at the door. (Credit card donations will be uploaded directly to the website upon entry, and your name will be posted on the fundraising website. Cash and checks are accepted. Please make all checks out to the Life is good Playmakers.)
What: Music, arts & crafts, backyard games, treats, and a wine tasting for the adults. We are thrilled to featuring the following:
Music: The day will be filled with music by kid musicians, including teenage phenom Cecelia Jeffrey, 11th grade violinist Anna Gibbs, middle schoolers rockers Muchos Muchos Tacos, and 7th grade guitarist Evie Priestman, and more (see those bios below).
Arts & Crafts: Each participant will be given a large sheet of construction paper and with the provided pens, markers, and crayons will have the opportunity to create their own Life is good artwork. We’ll then tack all of the creations to the front and back of our house to build a giant mural. A panel of artists will then choose their favorite 25 pieces of artwork, which Dylan will deliver to the Chief Playmaker, Steve Gross, at Life is good headquarters in Boston.
Backyard Games: Members of Dylan’s Boy Scout Troop 106 will be creating and moderating the backyard games, which include sack races, obstacle course, a football toss, hula hoop contest, face painting, and more.
Cookies and Lemonade for the Kids: Girls who the neighborhood will be raising even more funds at the cookie & lemonade stand they are setting up.
Wine Tasting for the Grown-Ups: Several local wine shops have agreed to donate bottles of wine so the adults can learn, enjoy, and lift a glass to celebrate kids. An additional donation of $5 per adult is requested.
Thanks to our Sponsors! We are truly grateful to our sponsors, Arlington’s Arrowine & Cheese, whose owner Doug Rosen graciously donated two cases of wine for our tasting. And Barston’s Child’s Play,”:http://www.barstonschildsplay.com which donated a very special toy for our grand prize.
Track our progress
So far, Dylan has raised close to $850 — with the goal of hitting $1000 by the time of the official Life is good Festival 2011 on Sept. 24-25 in Canton, MA. Click here to track our progress, and make a donation: http://fundraising.lifeisgood.com.
Contact Us / RSVP
For details, and to RSVP: Contact us at by email firstname.lastname@example.org, and / or cell phone at 703 346-6975.
For more information
Click here to read the interview that Dylan did this summer with Bert Jacobs, co-founder of The Life is good Company, for the September issue of Inkandescent Magazine.
Click here to read our interview with Steve Gross, Chief Playmaker of The Life is good Kids Foundation.