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2011:  A YEAR OF GIVING BACK

2011:  A YEAR OF GIVING BACK
This year marks Eddie from Ohio's twentieth anniversary. While we've thought long and hard about what we can do to make 2011 special, one thing with which we all agree is how fortunate and blessed we've been to make our passion our livelihood. Therefore, we have committed ourselves to making this A Year Of Giving Back.  At each 2011 performance, we will be donating 10% of our show proceeds to a select local charity. These organizations will support causes that, in some instances, have affected band members directly, and in others, simply have missions that resonate for us. In addition, each show will feature a display at our merchandise table, through which you will be able to learn more about the charity and, if you choose, make an additional donation. It's the best way we can think of to say thank you to the communities that have supported us so generously over the past two decades.

A Year Of Giving Back began with our January run of Birchmere dates in Alexandria, VA. At all our shows, we encourage you to visit the merchandise table, and donate your time, energy, or resources to whatever resonates for you. Above all, thank you for joining us in this music and thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for such a blessed 20 years.


The charities we have supported so far at our shows are:


January 14, The Birchmere, Alexandria VA

JDRF Capitol Chapter

Website:  www.jdrfcapitol.org

Mission:  The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) is the worldwide leader in funding research to cure type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly and lasts a lifetime. JDRF is the leading funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes science.  JDRF's mission has been constant since it was founded four decades ago: to find a cure for type 1 diabetes through the support of research. Until a cure is found, JDRF is also committed to working tirelessly to develop new and better treatments to improve the lives of people who have type 1 diabetes and keep them as healthy as possible.



January 15, The Birchmere, Alexandria VA:

Our Military Kids, McLean, VA

Website: www.ourmilitarykids.org

Mission: Our Military Kids provides tangible support to children of deployed National Guard and Reserve personnel as well as to children of severely injured service members through grants for enrichment activities and tutoring. Such activities help these children cope with the stress of having a parent in a war zone or recovering from injury at home. Our Military Kids grants are made to honor the sacrifices that military families make and to ensure that their children have access to sports, fine arts, or academic tutoring programs.



January 16, The Birchmere, Alexandria VA:

Downs Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia

Website: www.dsanv.org

Mission: The mission of this organization shall be to ensure that all individuals with Down syndrome and their families receive the support necessary to participate in, contribute to and achieve fulfillment of life in their community.



February 5, The McGlohon Theatre, Charlotte NC

A Child's Place

Website: www.achildsplace.org

Mission: The goals of A Child's Place are to:
provide stable, appropriate education to homeless students
provide support services to enhance their opportunities for academic success
provide services to families to ensure long term stability and self-sufficiency



March 11 & 12, Rams Head Tavern, Annapolis MD

Pathfinders For Autism

Website: www.pathfindersforautism.org

Mission: A parent sponsored, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism and their families, founded by former Baltimore Oriole, BJ Surhoff.



May 20, Columbus Performing Arts Center, Columbus OH

Kids 'n Kamp

Website: www.kidsnkamp.org

Mission:  a lifeline of support for families touched by childhood cancer.



May 21, The Ark, Ann Arbor MI

826michigan

Website:  www.826michigan.org

Mission:  a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students aged 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.



May 22, S.P.A.C.E., Evanston IL

Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association Falcons Sled Hockey Team

Website:  click hyper-link above

Mission: The local team that participates in a wonderful league that makes it possible for physically disabled kids to play hockey with special sleds



Dec 17, Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville VA

The Arc of The Piedmont

Website:  click hyper-link above

Mission: The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.