After a few months hiatus, we’re back and full steam ahead for our upcoming year. Before we get into the news about our 2013 plans, we want to look back at some of the amazing Red Balloons we met in 2012.
First up…Jadey Monique Gonzalez & Jesson Rata.
These two fabulous individuals took their talent and time to UC Davis Children’s Hospital and serenaded the kids and hospital staff. Their gigantic hearts took them far as they charmed in entire pediatric ward. We are so lucky and thankful to have Jadey and Jesson on board with Red Balloon!
“During that short amount of time, we were able to relieve stress and worries from staff members and families alike. The experience was both humbling and rewarding that applause and positive feedback from the staff, the parents, and the kids were validations of why we love what we do; our Red Balloon Event gave us more motivation and inspiration to continue spreading our love and passion for music” – Jesson
“I gained a new appreciation and understanding of the power of music, especially in the form of music therapy for pediatric patients, their families, and hospital staff too. Like families and friends, music has its own way of comforting us, supporting us, and helping us feel more than we can say or explain at a moment; sometimes, it can be hard for us to put into words and express to others how we feel, whether it’s happy or sad, calm or stirring. But music and performances of music can help explain what we go through and what we should remember as we go, as we fall then rise come what may. I feel very blessed and honored to be a musical artist and I am so grateful for others who appreciate the love and power of music as well because together, we are changing our local communities and our world one song at a time.” – Jadey
Watch their amazing performance:
December 8, 2012
My dearest Red Balloons,
In 2012, I decided to take Red Balloon into a different direction and rebuild it from the ground up; I wanted to give others the opportunity to create their own Red Balloon benefits and to be inspired to make a difference in their own communities. I created the foundation and encouraged high school and college students to find their own niche and use music to help someone else breathe easier with their lives. Their stories and experiences poured in and I could see that this Red Balloon idea has become a lot bigger than I had ever imagined.
Red Balloon started off as an idea; inspired by the movie of the same name, I wanted to find simple things, like a red balloon, to change a child’s life. Six years, seven benefit concerts and one hospital benefit tour later, the idea still resonates strong. And none of this could be possible with you; you have given these children a piece of their happy endings back.
2013 will be a new year for Red Balloon and unfortunately, it will be my last year as executive director. But don’t fret, I have some unfinished dreams with Red Balloon that I plan to make into reality next year. And I hope you will here to join me on this last chapter of my Red Balloon story. From the bottom of my heart, thank you again for supporting and being apart of Red Balloon. Thank you for believing in me and encouraging me to step to the beat of my heart. I can never articulate how thankful I am for you, your guidance and your support. In each of you, I see how I can be a better person; in each of you, I see how lucky I am to be apart of a compassionate generation.
I am Pascal and you are my red balloons; all I am is because of all of you.
Love, hugs & happy holidays!!
Jennifer Allison Tran,
Red Balloon Executive Director
Here’s to believing that ordinary people can do extraordinary things!
Thank you for being apart of the magic with us. If you would still like to donate to our cause, please visit our CauseVox.
Every year, we have the beautiful opportunity to hear how music can change lives and dedicate our Red Balloon to someone who inspires us to continue our mission. Working alongside Camp Footprints (who 50% of our profits will benefit this year), we have decided to dedicate Red Balloon Day to Chad.
Chad is a 24-year-old Camp Footprint veteran who loves music. Despite having Down Syndrome, he does not let it stop him from being an extraordinary individual. Music is his way of talking and sharing his feelings with others; when words fail, music speaks. Camp Footprints has left an impact on his life; at Camp, he is not different but rather, he is celebrated for his uniqueness.
Please help us continue to give people like Chad a chance to have music in their lives and most importantly, please help us continue to make a difference in people’s lives through music.
Email us at email@example.com for any questions or concerns.
Thank you Chad for sharing your story with all of us!
We’ve set up a Causevox for those of you who cannot be apart of Red Balloon Day but still want to be apart of the magic.
Here’s what $3000 would mean to us:
-$1500 will be donated to UC Davis Children’s Hospital to sponsor and sustain their music therapy program. These programs brighten up the hospital, invigorate spirits and add onto the healing process. When words fail, music speaks.
-$1500 will be donated to Camp Footprints, a summer camp dedicated to celebrating uniqueness from all colors and walks of life. This camp devotes itself to helping mentally disabled and economically disadvantaged children, giving them all a chance to breathe easier with their lives through music.
We have just 19 days to make goal & we are truly thankful of your continued support and generosity!
Donate – http://redballoon.causevox.com
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My lovely Red Balloons,
I’m excited to announce the next chapter of the Red Balloon story, one that I’ve been dreaming about for some time.
November 17, 2012 is Red Balloon Day, a full 24 hours dedicated to changing lives through music and we want YOU to be a part of the adventure. Whether you want to host your own benefit concert or teach a child how to play piano or sing to senior citizens, we want to help you make this into a reality. We want to connect with you and help you create your own Red Balloon story and most importantly, we want you to share it with the world.
For the past 6 years, we’ve proved that impossible is nothing and gave hope to over 20,000 pediatric patients through the power of music. This year, I want to continue our mission to change lives through music but I want to prove to the world that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.
I sincerely hope you can be a part of Red Balloon 2012!! I cannot wait to see the pictures, cry while watching the videos and be humbled by your compassion and dedication to the service of others.
For more information and/or an application to be apart of Red Balloon Day, please email our staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or please feel free to email me directly at email@example.com
Love & Red Balloons,
Jennifer Allison Tran,