Harmony from the Heart 2007

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UPDATE 9/24/07: We raised over $11,000 on the 22nd! Thank you to everyone who participated and donated in support of Platelet Research!

UPDATE 9/2008: Here is a slideshow from the evening.

It's time for our Fourth Annual Harmony from the Heart
concert and auction to benefit platelet research!

Date: Saturday, September 22nd, 2007
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Location: Knights of Columbus Hall
Route 140, Franklin MA

Toby Kai and Toby 2006

Hi, thank you for coming to our site to find out more information on our 4th annual Harmony from the Heart benefit concert.

At the suggestion of and prompting by good friend Lynda McNally, we started this fundraising effort shortly after Toby, our youngest son and Lynda's godson, went through many months of extensive plasma treatments at UMass for TTP, a blood disease that, quite frankly, mystified us. Our family is so grateful for the doctors and nurses who treated him and helped us through a difficult time. We know, without a doubt, that the research done at the Center for Platelet Function Studies and the answers they have found over the years saved Toby's life. As recently as five years prior to Toby's diagnosis, the mortality rate for this disease was 80%.

It is for that reason that we gather with friends each year to say thank you and to raise money for further research. Platelet research seeks to find answers not only for TTP but many other diseases and disorders including coronary artery disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke. We hope that our donations might, in some small way, contribute to helping these great doctors and researchers further their studies, find more answers, and
save more lives.

This promises to be another great evening of music and fundraising. My favorite band, Pt 73, who have been with us since the beginning, will be performing again this year. We are pleased to have the guitar-picking talents of Peter Paulousky joining the entertainment line up. And of course, I believe we'll see another performance by Kai and Toby again this year.

Please set aside Saturday September 22nd and join us for the music, the food, the many fabulous auction and raffle items and the good feeling you get when you know your dollars are making a difference. We look forward to seeing you there.

Tickets are $25.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door. Please contact us at harmonyfromtheheart@verizon.net if you'd like to be added to our invitation list.

—Mary Olsson

Entertainment Lineup:

Pt 73
Kai Olsson
Peter Paulousky

A Sampling of Auction Items:

Bling it on Boutique original hand made tapestry bag by
Ianthe McCarthy

Pink porcelain Fox Chase Cancer Center Rose of Discovery and Hope designed by Boehm Studios, donated by Nannette & Dennis Bac

Porcelain rose designed by Dennis Bac, donated by Dennis and Nannette Bac

First Act ME601 Studio Series Arch Top Electric Guitar from
First Act of Boston/Newbury Comics

Autographed baseball by Red Sox relief pitcher
Jonathan Pabalbon

Autographed baseball by Red Sox relief pitcher Javier Lopez

Matted and framed print of Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka's first pitch at Fenway Park donated by Jane's Frames in Franklin MA

New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills tickets for
Sunday September 23rd

SPIRITS basket donated by the One Putnam Team

Plus...gift baskets, gift certificates and much more.

Please check back daily...more items will be added soon!


Why we do this: Toby's Story

An open letter from Dr. Michelson


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