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DMF Fall Events – You’re Invited!

September 23, 2012 Leave a comment

My absolute favorite season is the Fall, which brings along with it one of our all-time favorite activities – DMF. This season Daniel’s Music has some amazing activities and opportunities lined up – the first couple are listed below. If I wasn’t due so soon I would totally take on that 5K… hope to see you there regardless, though!

Hope all is well! We hope that you will be able to join us for some (or all) of our upcoming events.
Please know that we appreciate your continued support and participation and hope to see you soon (and often)!
All the best,
Daniel, Ken, Nancy and Mike Trush
Sunday, September 30th – 5K Race at 10:00AM in Prospect Park with Music That Heals (Rain or Shine)
 
We have known Kathy Lord and Susan Weber (Founders of Music That Heals) for many years; they played music for Daniel in the hospital when he was emerging from his coma back in 1997 and performed at DMF’s very first Music Appreciation Event on February 26, 2006. So it gives us tremendous pleasure to now be collaborating with Kathy and Susan and Music That Heals for its Annual 5K Race in Prospect Park. It will be a fun day with awards, medals, goodie bags and wonderful camaraderie. There will also be a PeeWee Race at 11:00AM for ages 12 and younger. Plus, DMF will also be singing the National Anthem to start the race!
Cost – $20 per participant ($25 on race day); $10 for the PeeWee Race
To Register for the race – click here or call the DMF office at 212.289.8912 or email us at info@danielsmusic.org
Tuesday, October 2nd – Special concert with jazz pianist and composer, Jeff Franzel, at the Yamaha Artist Piano Salon; an evening of music, wine and hors d’oeuvres from 6:30pm-9:00pm

We have had a wonderful relationship with Yamaha, since Daniel met Lori Frazer, current DMF Board Member, at an AARP convention in September 2008 (no Daniel is not 50 but he knows people who are). The bond has strengthened through the added participation of Dr. Barry Bittman, CEO of Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute (also a DMF Board Member) and Bonnie Barrett, Director of Yamaha Artist Services here in NYC.
Yamaha Artist Services has arranged a special concert at their Piano Salon at 689 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor, with extraordinary jazz pianist and composer, Jeff Franzel, who has performed alongside such legendary entertainers as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Mel Tome. His original songs have been written for and performed by artists as diverse as Josh Groban, Placido Domingo, Clay Aiken and N’Sync.
The evening promises to be intimate and inspiring with wine and hors d’oeuvres and a special performance of Hear My Voice by the DMF Voice Technique class.
Tickets are $50 and seating is limited. Please RSVP to: info@danielsmusic.org
or call the DMF office at 212.289.8912. Credit card payments accepted at click here or checks can be made payable to Daniel’s Music Foundation, c/o The Trush Family, 1641 3rd Ave. #21A, New York, NY 10128.

Start Your Week Off Right – Here’s A Free Smile!

If you were not fortunate enough to attend the DMF Spring concert today, I have a special treat for you this evening. My husband has been out of town for the last few days and by the end of this third day I was in need of a little pick-me-up (and pregnant, stiff drinks are not an option). When this video arrived in my inbox it was like a little pat on the back directly from God, telling me, the weekend couldn’t have been as hard as you thought – look at this!

I know it was a gorgeous day today, and I hate spending days like this indoors as much as the next person. But there was a lot of beauty to behold inside The Dalton School too, and I don’t feel that a minute of my inside time was wasted (except for all of the minutes I spent wrestling my 19 month old in and out of the auditorium).

CLICK HERE to watch a short clip from today’s concert on youtube. James is in the back left in a striped shirt, jamming along with the best of them (3 years ago he was crying his way through these things, so watching him rock out is miracle alone). But equally uplifting and touching to me is the genuine enthusiasm and support pouring from the audience. I’ve said it before, but I can’t repeat enough how amazing and inspiring these events are. It’s hard not to leave them feeling like you were right next to the sun, no matter what the weather outside.

Congrats to the Trush family, DMF members, teachers and volunteers for another successful performance!

There Are Still A Few Tickets Left – Don’t Miss “We Will Rock You,” Today at 1:00 and 4:00!

The big day is finally here and it’s not too late! I cannot recommend this event enough, and whether or not you have a special needs loved one in your life, this is a “must attend” at least once if you live in the city. Details on tickets and concert times (two to choose from) can be found in the message below from the Trush family.

**Please make sure to reserve and print your free tickets through the link provided as remaining space to these events is very limited.**

To our friends,

We hope all is well and that you are enjoying the beautiful spring weather!

It’s that time of year again, and you are cordially invited to join us on Sunday, May 20th for our free concert, “We Will Rock You – A Musical Celebration.” It will be a high energy performance and will have you singing, dancing and “rockin out” in your seats with performances like – I Love Rock N Roll, Aquarius, This Love, a song medley from Elvis, Born To Be Wild, Bohemian Rhapsody, among many others! So please mark your calendars and join us (for either one or both of our 2 different shows):

The Dalton School
108 East 89th St. (between Lexington and Park Ave.)
1:00PM-2:30PM and/or 4:00PM-5:30PM.

Please RSVP if you will be able to attend by using Eventbrite – http://dmf-rock-and-roll.eventbrite.com/ or if you prefer, contact us at daniel@danielsmusic.org or 212-289-8912.

As always, many thanks for being part of the DMF Community! We hope to see you on the 20th!
Warm regards,

Daniel, Ken, Nancy and Mike

Daniel’s Music Foundation
www.danielsmusic.org
DMF Blog – www.danielsmusic.tumblr.com
(212) 289-8912

You’re Invited To A Special Musical Event on May 20, 2012 – Reserve Tickets Now!

Once again, DMF concert season is upon us. I cannot recommend this event enough, and whether or not you have a special needs loved one in your life, this is a “must attend” at least once if you live in the city. Details on tickets and concert times (two to choose from) can be found below in a message from the Trush family.

**Please make sure to reserve the tickets via email or through the link provided as space to these events is limited and fills up fast.**

To our friends,

We hope all is well and that you are enjoying the beautiful spring weather!

It’s that time of year again, and you are cordially invited to join us on Sunday, May 20th for our free concert, “We Will Rock You – A Musical Celebration.” It will be a high energy performance and will have you singing, dancing and “rockin out” in your seats with performances like – I Love Rock N Roll, Aquarius, This Love, a song medley from Elvis, Born To Be Wild, Bohemian Rhapsody, among many others! So please mark your calendars and join us (for either one or both of our 2 different shows):

The Dalton School
108 East 89th St. (between Lexington and Park Ave.)
1:00PM-2:30PM and/or 4:00PM-5:30PM.

Please RSVP if you will be able to attend by using Eventbrite – http://dmf-rock-and-roll.eventbrite.com/ or if you prefer, contact us at daniel@danielsmusic.org or 212-289-8912.

As always, many thanks for being part of the DMF Community! We hope to see you on the 20th!
Warm regards,

Daniel, Ken, Nancy and Mike

Daniel’s Music Foundation
www.danielsmusic.org
DMF Blog – www.danielsmusic.tumblr.com
(212) 289-8912

Thank You, Thank You – DMF Does It Again In “A Season To Smile” (video clip included)

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

As I sat down 10 minutes before the DMF concert with my two toddlers, I looked around the auditorium in dismay. There was no way I was going to make it through this concert – my 14 month old was already whining and my 2 year old was complaining “I can’t see!” while standing on her seat. The place was filling up fast and I couldn’t help but feel sorry for myself as I watched happy and excited concert-goers waving friends and family over to seats saved just for them.

My husband has been working a lot this holiday season. And by a lot I mean every weekend and up to 20 hours a day – an insane but occasional side effect of being an attorney in NYC. It has been a long few weeks of juggling 3 children’s busy schedules, houseguests, holiday celebrations and a myriad of middle school tours, meetings and interviews. There do not seem to be enough waking hours during the two weeks leading up to Christmas to plan for gift shopping, the Giving Back For The Holidays event (See Upcoming Events), a lot of baking, holiday parties, and middle school decisions (due this week). But the same two weeks might as well be forever as I do all of this while waiting for my husband to get a couple of days off so we can spend some much needed downtime as a family.

Add to this the struggles I’ve been having with James lately, the sleep deprivation cumulated over several weeks and the realization that one of my favorite ways to get in the holiday spirit (see my Top Ten list) was about to be crushed by my two squirming toddlers, and you can begin to understand what I was feeling as the lights dimmed and the show began. I really needed this concert.

If for some reason I have fallen behind on my ravings about DMF recently, I was only reminded ten-fold today that there is good reason that Daniel’s Music Foundation is on my Top Ten favorite holiday activities (see Top Ten post). Within 5 seconds of the first song starting Adam and Margaret were bouncing and clapping along. It was no small effort, but I give DMF members equal credit for entertaining my children well enough to make it through the entire show (with only one bathroom break and a lot of aisle dancing) – a true Christmas miracle! Though I don’t have live clips from the show yet, click here to watch the HOPE week video shown during the concert today (can y0u find James on stage? hint: long sleeve white button down).

For those of you unfamiliar with Daniel’s original “Thank You Song,” (available on itunes!) the gist of it is Daniel thanking all of the people who have helped him, loved him and cared for him. So taking a page from his book (without the awesome music and rhyming lyrics):

Thank you DMF members for jump starting my holiday spirit this year with an amazing show, one of the best yet!

Thank you for making me remember that no matter how many middle schools and places in life James does not belong, he will always be welcome, comfortable and celebrated at DMF.

Thank you instructors and volunteers – without you none of this would be possible for James, or any other DMF member. I am always in awe of your unwavering enthusiasm and generosity and appreciate your time and effort more than you could possibly know.

Thank you Trush family for continuing to be an inspiration to me and my family year after year – you are a shining example of what love, respect, empathy, motivation, determination and a little humor can accomplish.

Thank for making me remember that it is definitely still “A Season To Smile.”

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Congratulations to DMF members and the Trush family for another wildly successful event!

 

 

Reminder: DMF “Season to Smile” Is Tomorrow – Last Chance to Reserve Tickets!

December 10, 2011 Leave a comment

I hope you will be able to join us tomorrow at the DMF Holiday Concert (we’ll be at the 1pm show)! Please make sure to use eventbrite to RSVP and note that there are two times to choose from. Though admission is free you should reserve a ticket because space is more limited every year (not surprisingly!). I can’t recommend this event enough – look up “holiday spirit” in the dictionary and you’ll find this show!

Details are below in a letter from the Trush family:

To our friends,

We hope all is well!

It’s that time of year again, and you are cordially invited to join us on Sunday, December 11th for our free concert, “A Season To Smile – A Musical Celebration.” It is sure to be a high energy and wonderful day, with performances like Walking on Sunshine, Hair, What I Like About You, U Smile, Love Train, Soul Sister, and many others! We also will be sharing our amazing experience of Yankees HOPE Week this summer with a brief video, so mark your calendars and please join us (for either one or both of our 2 different shows):

The Dalton School
108 East 89th St. (between Lexington and Park Ave.)
1:00PM-2:30PM and/or 4:00PM-5:30PM.

Please RSVP if you will be able to attend by using Eventbrite – http://www.dmf-season-to-smile.eventbrite.com/ or if you prefer, contact us at daniel@danielsmusic.org or 212-289-8912 and share in the “Season to Smile” by inviting your friends and family to attend (just let us know so that we can keep track of the number of attendees)! As always, many thanks for being part of the DMF community!

Wishing you a wonderful holiday and we hope to see you on the 11th!Warm regards,

Daniel, Ken, Nancy and Mike

The First Foorce Contest Is Finally Here!!

Where is the summer going?! Ironically, I have found myself with less time than usual during the past couple of months – between catching up with doctors’ appointments while school is out (11 down, 4 to go), shuttling kids to swimming, track, gymnastics, and playgroups, family vacations and of course, Foorce events, my calendar has turned into a scribbly, blackish smear instead of the neat and organized list I so adore.

So it’s Saturday afternoon and we just got back from a really fun time at Bounce U (I highly recommend for special needs and typical children) – my MO is to post in the wee hours of the night, but because of the amazingly good time we have shown our children (and because they are otherwise occupied for the moment) I do not feel guilty taking a minute to get this contest started!

Okay, it’s now Sunday morning… as you can see, I live in a time warp.

Picking up from where I left off, look up at the top left corner of my homepage. You should see a “slogan” under The Foorce that says:

strength; energy; power; any body of persons combined for joint action.

It’s one of the definitions for “force” that I felt described the kind of force I wanted my blog to be full of. And, I was getting a lot of emails at the time and really felt the need to get the site going, slogan or not. So, like other posts that have been done in the midst of chaos or under time-pressure, looking back at the slogan I began to feel that it was “not quite right.” The more I looked, the less I liked. More readers looking, even less liking.

I have received numerous compliments on my catchy blog name. Unfortunately, I can take very little credit since my last name was the creative inspiration. If my last name had been “Smith” or “Jones” I would probably be holding a contest for a blog name, too.

Contest

That’s where you come in. I need a new, catchy slogan. One that I could put on a business card that would help describe the type of blog thefoorce.com is. It should be something to do with the word “force,” though force doesn’t have to be in the actual sentence. There are lots of popular “force phrases” to get you started: “force to be reckoned with,” “use the Force,” “force multiplier,” “driving force,” etc. You can tell I’ve been brainstorming :), though not very successfully.

“Rules” and Other Guidelines I Made Up

The contest starts now and will go through October 1st, 2011. You can submit as many ideas as you like. The top 3 slogans will be placed in a poll on this site from October 1-31, 2011. At the end of October the phrase with the highest number of votes will win 1st place and will replace the slogan on this site. The top 3 slogans will all receive a prize (see below for details).

To submit an idea to the contest, email me at msearfoorce@gmail.com with your name, a way to contact you should you win, and your slogan/catchphrase. The subject of your email should be FOORCE SLOGAN CONTEST SUBMISSION. Because of the high volume of emails I have been receiving lately, it is important to put this line in your subject heading so that I don’t mistakenly overlook your submission.

Prizes

I solemnly swear not to enter any of my own ideas into the contest to try and win one of these prizes (though I seriously want to)! Instead of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes, 1st place will get to pick from the prizes (listed below) first, 2nd place will pick between the two prizes that are left and 3rd place gets the remaining prize. The prizes listed below are not in any particular order.

Early Intervention Games: Fun, Joyful Ways to Develop Social and Motor Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum or Sensory Processing Disorders

Though this book says “Early Intervention” in the title, I’m seriously thinking of ordering it for my 10 yr old because the “games” seem like great ideas 1) to work on some of his phobias, 2) to try new skills in a silly and subtle way and 3) to play with James and his younger siblings at the same time.

As you can see when you click the link above, the book gets great reviews and is geared toward a wide variety of children. However, if this book doesn’t seem like the right fit for your child(ren), our donor has generously offered to provide a copy of Attention Games instead. Thank you, Amazon!

DMF Memorabilia Extravanganza!

DMF continues its AAA trend (All-Around Awesomeness) by donating  bunch of great items to my little contest. The prize includes a DMF tote bag, hat and umbrella. Like its founders, Daniel’s Music Foundation items are attractive and high quality, and promote an incredibly worthy cause in NYC.

One Year Subscription to Something Special Magazine

Something Special Magazine is a publication geared toward parents raising special needs children. I looked through some back issues (available online) and was thoroughly impressed at the high quality and relevance of the articles – I’ve always been on the lookout for a Parenting-type of magazine that was actually pertinent to James, and this definitely fits the bill.

The creator and editor, Katrina Laygo, has five children, one with autism (I thought I was busy!). She not only runs this amazing publication but recently started Georgia’s first Higher Education Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors that have a diagnosis of autism or cerebral palsy, the Nathan’s Something Special Scholarship Fund, INC.

Ready, Set, Go!

I have high hopes and look forward to finding a great new slogan for The Foorce!!

Special Guests at DMF Broadway Event Revealed!!!

Click to read about the incredibly special and exciting DMF event my mom and James went to yesterday before bike camp. Even my mom, a Red Sox fan by marriage, was bedazzled as DMF stormed Broadway!

As you can see it was a very busy day following a busy weekend, hence the lack of posts. No promises for the rest of the week as bike camp continues (along with my 2 hour treks back and forth with all 3 kids), though the weekend should be slower as James will be out of town with relatives for a few days.

Thanks DMF for another top-notch, unforgettable experience!