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Yesterday, I posted a blog wherein I thanked few of the key people who not only made Speak Up Cincinnati great, but made it more than I could have ever made it by myself. I suppose the one and only downside to having so many hands in the pot is that when all is said and done, I feel like I have to spend hours writing to make sure everyone is appropriately thanked. I’ll be honest…that’s not much downside. The thanks are well deserved and I am more than happy to give them.

First off, I want to give a special thanks to our amazing team of volunteers. I am not going to list you individually for a variety of reasons, but the main one is because I don’t want to publicize the individuals who are working with us. Many people come to us to volunteer as a means of healing on their own. They, like me, have found therapy in helping other people. If someone has come to us and has asked to volunteer, but hasn’t told other people in their life that they are working with us, or why they are working with us, I don’t want to be the one to do that. But, suffice it to say that if you are a volunteer for us, I love you. And I thank you. And if you helped out at the Speak Up Cincinnati event, that’s true even more. Thank you so much for helping us build this. We say that we are a community of support, and without you, we are 5 people. That’s not a very large community. You all are the lifeblood of this organization, and we can’t thank or cherish you enough.

Next, we had several people who baked for our bake sale. Many of these people were our volunteers, but we did have a few people step up to donate delicious baked goods for us to sell. And for a third year in a row, our bake sale was immensely popular. Thank you for baking for us. I’d like to give a special thanks to Tracey from Elegant Events and Pain Free Parties. She donated 10 dozen amazing cupcakes of unique and delicious flavors for our event. S’mores, peanut butter fudge, lemon cheesecake, and several more. If you need desert catering for an event, please get ahold of her.

Speak Up Cincinnati wouldn’t be what it was without the amazing raffle. And while there is no way I can link every single donor, I can definitely make mention of a few of the notable ones. Thank you so much to the following companies and individuals:

SmarTravel
Architectural Entertainment
Dr. Phil
Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Live Loud Tattoo
Arcade Legacy
RockQuest
The Married Photogs
Nowhere But Up Organizing
Flip ‘n Twist Gymnastics
Powel Crosley YMCA
Zip Zoo Apparel
ELMNTL Fitness

Starr 93.3

There is no possible way I can thank every single donor, because there were just too many, and just like the last one, I fear that this blog is turning more into a thesis. But if you donated a prize to be raffled, we appreciate it more than we can ever say. Thank you.

voices_originalAnd lastly, I’d like to give a good amount of credit to the bands who played. I spent a good part of my life playing music in the Cincinnati music scene. When the last band I was playing in broke up, I decided to let music take the back burner in my life and pursue AVFTI. I have simultaneously never regretted it and missed playing music every single day. But the music scene is one I know. We decided early that we would have a presence in it and work with bands to help spread our message. We started early by creating a band endorsement program , and even released a full compilation album last year of all local musicians playing songs specifically written for our cause. We called the album, Voices, and we had a great time making it and hearing the musicians’ different approaches. And honestly, I think it came out really good.

This past weekend, we turned to musicians once again to help us fill up the room with people. Not only do we need an audience for our message, but we need funding to help us continue reaching out at various public events. I want to thank the bands individually and if you have a few minutes, please consider checking these guys and girls out. They were all an absolute pleasure to work with, and we hope to work with them all again.

Dez From Smash
Dez From Smash
Tyler Mitchel
Tyler Mitchel
Against The Horizon
Against The Horizon
The Colour Of Amber
The Colour Of Amber
74 West
74 West
Electric Velvet and the Giant Spiders
Electric Velvet and the Giant Spiders
Sleds For Giants
Sleds For Giants

Northland Noise
Northland Noise

We love you. Thank you for a successful event for a third time. Here’s to 2015.

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