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Please help Diana Olalde…
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
The Harvest of Hope Foundation, which Against Me! is proud to support, is currently seeking donations towards the cost of a life-saving bone marrow transplant for 6-year old Diana Olalde of Tifton, Georgia. Diana was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in May 2006 and was treated with chemotherapy, but then suffered a relapse in August this year. Her doctors are now saying that she must have a bone marrow transplant within a month, but the approximate cost of such a transplant can cost $500,000 or more.
Diana’s family is unable to contemplate affording such a transplant, so any amount that anyone can generously donate would be, needless to say, immensely appreciated. Any donations are also tax-deductible.
For more information on Diana and her condition please feel free to visit: http://www.myspace.com/olalde2007. And if you can help Diana in any way, big or small, please send a check or money order—indicating on your donation that it is for Diana Olalde—to:
Harvest of Hope Foundation
Attn: Philip Kellerman, President 5809 NW 67th Court
Gainesville, Florida 32653
The Harvest of Hope Foundation (http://www.harvestofhope.net) was established in 1997 as a non-profit organization to provide emergency and educational financial aid to former and current migrant farm workers and their families. Since its establishment, Harvest of Hope has distributed close to $600,000 for critical car repairs, medical services, utilities, food, clothing, funeral expenses and scholarships to children of migrant farm workers who wish to attend college.
Posted by Against Me! • 11/14/2007 at 07:38 AM
The Gainesville Sun
Nov 29, 2007
By BILL DEAN
Sun entertainment editor You’re a fast rising punk band, your album was called best of the year by Spin magazine. So whatcha gonna do for Thanksgiving – trash L.A.? Reopen CBGB? Count greenbacks in the Caymans?
If you’re Gainesville’s Against Me! you play a packed show in Chicago on Thanksgiving night and give all the proceeds to your favorite charity.
The charity was Gainesville’s Harvest For Hope Foundation. And singer Tom Gabel’s act of writing it a check for $6,800 minutes after the show is further proof that Against Me! puts its money where its lyrics are.
And despite how successful the four-man-band has already become – they recently played Letterman and two huge festivals in Europe – they’re keeping their eyes on a “do right” prize.
“If you listen to the lyrics to their songs, they aren’t just throwaway lyrics; they are real-life experiences,” says Ed Kellerman, communications director of Harvest of Hope, which is unique among charities because it solely benefits emergency and educational needs for migrant farm workers and their families, Kellerman says.
Kellerman said the money from Against Me!’s gig at Chicago’s Metro on Thanksgiving night came from “proceeds from the gate sales, right after the show.”
The twist that puts the cranberry sauce on top of this Turkey Day tale is that the longtime Gville band played their hearts out on Thanksgiving to benefit some of the same people whose labor helped to bring food to Thanksgiving tables around the country.
In his remarks just before Against Me! took the stage for its acoustic set, Kellerman made that point to the 1,800 fans who paid $19 a pop to be there Thanksgiving night.
“I looked at the crowd and said ‘Isn’t it wonderful that we’ve just eaten all the fruits, vegetables, grains, meats and nuts that have been harvested by migrant farm workers and isn’t it great that we’re here on Thanksgiving day raising money to help them?'” And what was the crowd’s response? Many dug even deeper in their pockets. “They started throwing money at us up there,” Kellerman says. “I was just knocked out by the reception.”
Bill Dean can be reached at 374-5039 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are constantly coming up with events to help raise money and awareness for the Harvest of Hope Foundation.
If you would be interested in putting on an event, contact the president.