I just love it when I can get out from behind my desk, and meet the people I work with during the year on various member fundraising activities. July 15th found me in a charming little town on Long Island, called Sea Cliff, at Tupelo Honey. Tupelo Honey is a lovely little Gaudi-esque restaurant, owned by Willie Stephens, who for the 6th year running, has opened his establishment for the day to supporters of Multiple Musicians against Multiple Myeloma, an event started by Lee Grayson and Naomi Margolin, to help raise awareness and funding for myeloma research and programs.
The event was scheduled to start at 12 noon, and when I got there at 8 am, all of the wonderful volunteers were already there and busy setting up tents, tables, the silent auction and raffle packages in the blocked in front of the restaurant.
By 11 am, people began arriving, by 12 noon, both the street and the restaurant was packed, and band after band played their hearts out for the entire rest of the day.
Although Lee lived only long enough to attend the first event, you could feel his presence in the people there who were his friends and band-mates, and when Naomi got up and sang Lee’s theme song, Rainbow Connection, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
There were also many patients and their families who had heard about the event last year, and who were so happy to be involved in supporting it. Each year, the event grows by word of mouth, and next year, they may have to block off the entire several blocks.
IMF Board Member Mike Katz and his wife Susan, were busily filling in raffle ticket stubs when I spotted them, and all in all, a fantastic time was had by everyone lucky enough to share in the event.
I would like to personally thank all the volunteers, especially Miriam, Bonnie, Mary, Maag and David and Judith, for being the foundation of this event, as well as the bands who donated their unbelievable talent: Cadillac Moon, Sean Grace Band, Rose Gunter Band, Jason ‘n’ Grayson (Mini Mart Band), Sewa Folee, The Red Flannel Hash Band, The Zen Tricksters, Cathy Kreger, Jason Crosby Band, and others. It takes a village to put this event together, and a Chief to make it successful - thank you, Noami (and Lee).