We hope you can join us on Saturday November 11th at Jergel's Rhythm Grille in Warrendale, PA - it will be our 4th fundraiser at this
great location and we're so excited for the day.
If you can't make it but still want to support our efforts, you have a few options:
1) Buy raffle tickets for the terrific baskets that we're offering - our volunteers will reach out to you by email and will 'deposit' tickets
into one or more of the baskets that we'll have available on the day. You can help support our efforts and maybe win a great prize! There's a Basket
Raffle Ticket option available at our ticket site - Basket Raffle Tickets.
2) You can support us financially by making a tax-deductible donation to our foundation via PayPal - just visit our donation site Donate Here
Once again The Medium will be taking to the road fron Nashville Tennessee to help us celebrate the day. A mix between the
Beatles and The Beach Boys, you can check out their tunes on SoundCloud - or better yet join us on November 11th to see them in person!
The kids from Act One Theatre School will entertain and give us a preview of their annual Gala (held each year
in February) - they are sure not to disappoint!
And we're so honored to have Emma's Uncle Drew and Father Time take the stage to close
off our event. We hope to have a few special guests again this year, so get your tickets today!
The Art Bus
We plan to take art on the road to places where it can make a difference - where schools have cut it from the curriculum, where creativity is
needed or where kids need inspiration. Staffed by volunteer Art teachers and their students, we plan to organize 'pop-up' art events to help
the young find their inner artist. While they may never paint a Picasso, we believe every child will grow by embracing the many benefits that
Art provides and help stimulate all parts of their young brains. It's clear to us, that we whether it's the visual or performing arts - we
need to bring embrace Art For Life!
Think of the feeling you get when you take a tag from the Angel Tree during the holidays, knowing that your kindness will help brighten the
holiday for someone in need. Now imagine having that feeling all year round. Henry is a man that was thrown a few curves by life, and is
working to rebuild his life. When our friend Tim befriended Henry - it took only a simple comment to help spark this program. "My apartment
isn't air conditioned and gets hot at night." By sharing a fan that he had but wasn't using, Tim helped inspire Henry's List - a way to have
those with means help those in need.
Emma's Project Earth
Emma left a scrap of paper titled 'Project Earth' - that listed a few simple things: Recycling committees, Tree planting, roadway clean-up.
Inspired by this, we want to engage youth to suggest their own 'Project' to help their Mother Earth. For our first project, our friends/family
planted 21 Trees around the world to honor what would have been Emma's 21st birthday. We want to inspire high-school and college-aged kids
(no age restriction, but we'll start with this group) to clean up litter, plant trees, organize recycling drives - really anything that helps
improve the environment. We'll show them how to get start, support their efforts and provide resources/funding as needed.
Because Emma was an aspiring artist, we wanted to invite local artists and vendors to offer for sale their
creations - remember that Christmas will be less than 40 days away! We hope that this type of exposure will help them
grow their business and allow you a chance to pick up a unique gift.
Jergel's is graciously hosting our event and the club is open for normal business.
We're working on the details, but there will be some type of complimentary buffet during the day and
if you're interested in a bigger meal - the full Jergel's menu is available for your individual purchase.
If this will be your first visit to Jergel's, we hope you'll come back for a meal or show and show them
how much you appreciate their support of our foundation.
This is our 4th Annual Fundraiser and we hope to make it great and raise lots of money to support
the charities listed above. But we need you help, here's a few things you can do:
1) Come to the event!
Definitely the easiest way to show your support! Tickets can be purchased on-line -
and come out on Saturday November 11th anytime between 12 and 5pm.
2) Follow us on FaceBook
You can stay connected with our foundation
via Facebook and join us through the year as we work to make a difference. You can Like
us and share a link with your friends to help us build our network of supporters.
3) Help us obtain financial sponsorship
We have 3 very important programs that we hope to continue to grow and we can do so much more
by enlisting financial sponsors. The
Emma Munson Foundaion is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and donations are tax exempt. We have
a donation letter available Here that you can take to businesses
in your area to ask them so support this effort. Please email PeaceLoveEmma@EmmaMunsonFoundation.com
with any questions or updates if you are able to find sponsors.
4) Donate to the foundation
If you'd like to help us in our mission to support charitable activity (and spark a youth
volunteer movement) you can help us financially by sending your tax deductible donation to us at:
Emma Munson Foundation, Inc.
436 Seventh Avenue, 26th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Taken from us so quickly, some days it's still hard for us to comprehend that Emma is really gone.
As her parents, we always knew Emma was amazing and different. She spoke at a young age and was born with an extremely compassionate heart. As a young girl she had a vivid imagination and as the oldest of four children she was somewhat of a protector, but not in an overbearing way.
As she entered Middle School, a dark time for her, as she called it, she had developed a true sense of self already. She stood up for what she believed and wore what others would not leave the house in. She was secure with herself and did not worry about what others thought of her. She was always mature beyond her years...an old soul for sure.
During the times when she was misunderstood by many, Act One was her refuge. Everyone "got her" there and she could freely be herself and express her beautiful and unique spirit without judgement. It was a lifesaver for her, truly. She blossomed there and her talent, to us, was amazing and incredible to watch with each passing year. She not only grew as an actress and singer over those years, but her creativity just seemed to consume her.
She was a talented writer and after painting a mural on her bedroom wall and taking Art classes at North Allegheny realized she found joy in painting, drawing and a true source of happiness in nature photography. She began combining two things she loved...the earth and art to create some beautiful and very personal pieces. With the help of willing friends, who knew if Emma asked you to do something it was going to be an adventure, she created some really beautiful pieces of painted people.
All the while she remained true to her beliefs that we must take care of our Mother Earth. She would bring home bags of recyclables from show rehearsals, She carried a completely non-disposable lunch anywhere she went. She begged us at home to compost and buy cloth napkins, just to name a few. She approached someone sitting in a running car and asked respectfully if they could shut off their engine while just waiting for someone. So many of the things she did were out of respect for our world. And she loved being out in the world, enjoying nature and exploring every chance she got.
She had so many dreams....she wanted to be a farmer and live off the land and be self-sufficient and feed the world. She wanted to hike and explore and learn as much as she could about our beautiful world and the people in it. She wanted to join the Peace Corps and help others. She especially wanted to treat everyone she met with love and respect.
She wanted to make an impact on the world....in 19 short years, she really did.
And so now, as her family, we have decided that the best thing we can do to honor our beautiful Emma is to take her inspirations and help others. Help make the world a better place. We want to make her proud. We want to follow her lead and do all things in the spirit of love and charity. We want to help her continue to make an impact on the world.
In 2014, we formed the Emma Munson Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to 'promote charitable activity to improve the quality of life.' We hope to spark a youth volunteer movement via Emma's Peace Gang and fund projects aimed at 3 of Emma's passions - Mother Earth, Mankind and the Arts.
Emma's Peace Gang is a loosely organized volunteer force that is tightly linked to the inspirations of Emma Munson, who died suddenly and
tragically on Sunday October 6, 2013. The group has a mission to serve the people of this world through expressions of love towards Mankind,
the Environment and the Arts - 3 of Emma's passions.
How does it work?
You register (HERE) and begin to record your time volunteering for charitable causes -
most anything that helps make a difference. The time is 'confirmed' and 'banked' to support financial contributions to the
Emma Munson Foundation, Inc. For each $10 donated, our gang will perform at least 1 hour
of volunteer activity. The more that is raised, the more work we need to do!
Where does the money that is raised go?
Donations to the foundation are recycled back into the world through expressions of love inspired by Emma - things she would have done if
she had the chance. The inspirations are multiplied 3 times - once by the financial donation, a second by Emma's family's expression of support
and third by an additional donation of volunteer time towards the mission of the sponsored organization.
Read about our past projects and plans HERE...
How do I get started and join the Gang?
It's easy to join and get started - just jump right in REGISTER