On September 12th, Now I Can will host its 7th annual benefit concert to raise funds for its charitable donation of physical therapy to children with disabilities. Now I Can needs people to buy tickets to the concert in order to buy research paper raise those funds.
But, as I’ve thought about the concert, what comes to mind is the incredible feeling at that event and why everyone should experience it. For me, growing up with musicians in my family, I’ve got that live music in my veins. A concert brings back sweet childhood memories and feelings I didn’t even know I had. I love seeing my children dance in the aisles like I did as a child. I’d like to share a few reasons why you should experience the Now I Can show.
1. You need to enjoy an outdoor concert. The SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre in Orem is a perfect venue. The Shell is a giant, grass-covered bowl designed in amphitheatre style. The stage is at the bottom, creating the perfect viewing opportunity for thousands of people who can sit on chairs or blankets. Wherever you are you can see and hear perfectly. Our majestic mountains are the backdrop, and the star-filled skies are the ceiling. Seriously. We are so blessed to live in this place, and at the concert, you will have a couple of hours to just sit and soak it all in!
It’s the end of summer, and one of the last opportunities to enjoy a just-right temperature, and outdoor activity with the family. Here is one concert where it’s okay to give your kids (and yourself) snacks, they are welcome to dance in the aisles, and if you want to lay down and put your feet up, go ahead. And to top it all off, this one is also blended with culture and charity!
2. You need to meet the Now I Can kids. Children who receive therapy at Now I Can deal with varying physical challenges. Some are confined to a wheelchair, so use a walker or crutches, some use no assistive devices.
Some of these children are cognitively at or above normal development, and some are below. They are as different and as alike as any other group of children in their personalities, dreams and hopes.
Despite all their physical difficulties, and the fact that many are still learning to walk–even into their teen years–these kids are full of love and joy. Their smiles will light up the stage on September 12th.
Whenever I see these Now I Can kids, I see things in a different way. I remember it’s not really that big a deal that my hair looks bad, or that I have to make dinner tonight. I’m grateful for my blessings. I think to myself, “If this child can sing a song while working so hard, I should put a little spring in my own step, and sing a little tune myself.”
At last year’s concert, we had some awesome comedy by Trey. That kid somehow learned in his 9 years to be able to laugh at himself and his Cerebral Palsy. He was hilarious! This year we’ll have more kids featured sharing their incredible talents. And as always, all the kids will get to come to the stage to get some well-deserved cheers.
3. You need to experience our local Utah talent. It’s almost unbelievable that this little Valley could hold so much musical talent. As seen on TV–we’ve recently been very well-represented on the talent shows by our local performers. And most of them were seen first at the Now I Can concert! Our past headliners include Alex Boye, Jenny Jordan Frogley, Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband, One Voice Children’s Choir, Jarrett Burns, and Ryan Innes.
This year we’re thrilled to welcome Dyer Highway from Alpine, and Nicole Sheahan from Provo. These people are incredible talents, and genuinely good people. Search them on YouTube and you will taste a little snippet of what you can expect on September 12th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF7J6nind50
There’s going to be guitars, violins, cellos, banjos, pianos, mandolins, drums, and lots of singing. Someday you can say, “I saw Dyer Highway in 2014 at the Now I Can concert for $7!” Your grandkids will never believe you.
4. It’s a great feeling to be part of something bigger than ourselves. At the Now I Can concert on September 12th you’ll enjoy great music in a beautiful venue. But you’ll also walk away feeling like a changed person. After spending a couple hours surrounded by family, friends, and community for a good cause, you just can’t help but feel like you’ve done something good.
Helping children become more independent and reaching their full potential is something all of us can get into. And when you can do it for $7–well, it’s just a no-brainer.
I hope to see you at the Now I Can concert next Friday. It’s going to be a great concert to tell your neighbors about. Please tell them before the concert, instead of after, that way they can come with you. There’s not much I love more than live music. I look forward to sharing it with you on September 12th at the SCERA Shell! Thanks for your support!
Concert tickets are available at www.nowican.org or call 801-228-1935
And please like our Facebook event page! https://www.facebook.com/events/482680708533703/
Now I Can Co-Founder