Spring~Summer News | Key Notes # 74
The Power of Connection

Connection truly matters, and your support of Bread & Roses helps us do what we do best - connect talented musicians and other performers with those who are isolated and in need of uplifting. Make our annual Spring Appeal a success. Donate today! Your gifts help us bring hope, healing and joy to deserving youth, adults and seniors who need music most in over 600 Bay Area concerts each year. Your support is instrumental to our continued health, vitality and growth.


Our success is the result of the dedication and hard work of many performers, show hosts, event and office volunteers, and board of directors.  All gifts, including those from our in-kind supporters, help us recognize the extended Bread & Roses community at our annual volunteer appreciation event and throughout the year. 


Your help is invaluable for sustaining our overall program. This year we are expanding our services to veterans' audiences and providing more interactive programs throughout the Bay Area for audiences across the board - with a special focus on children and youth.


We welcome four new board members - each bringing their expertise, creativity, big picture thinking and love of music/live performance to enhance our mission.


Bread & Roses JAM 2014
Bread & Roses JAM 2014

The Celebrated Accomplishments of Our Many Volunteers.  

We hosted our annual volunteer appreciation and recognition event in May. To get a glimpse of what happened on this remarkable day, check out the blog!


It's All About Connection: Bread & Roses Volunteer Celebration & JAM


Expanded Service to Veterans' Audiences

As part of our expanded program for veterans' audiences throughout the Bay Area, we are now serving the Psychiatric Inpatient Care Unit (PICU) as well as the convalescent wing at the Community Living Center at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco. We are also collaborating with the Walking Point Foundation to bring music to newly returned vets from Afghanistan and Iraq at the Pathway Home, in addition to our continued service at the convalescent wing of Holderman Hospital at the Veterans Home in Yountville.     

Memorial Day show at Menlo Park VA
Memorial Day show at Menlo Park VA
We also recently started serving the Menlo Park VA Hospital's new Welcome Center, a gathering place for various veteran populations including their convalescent facility, homeless shelter, outpatient psychiatric services and Western Blind & Rehabilitation program. See our blog for news of a recent program, Honoring Our Veterans: Music on Memorial Day at the Menlo Park VA (May 26 2014).
Paula Greenspan and Tyler Parks, Co-founders, Circus of Smiles
Paula Greenspan and Tyler Parks, Co-founders, Circus of Smiles
Interactive Clown Workshop at Oakland's 24-Hour Childcare with Circus of Smiles
We are making a special effort to bring more interactive programs to audiences across the board, especially to children and youth.  Many talented performers excel at putting music and stories together in an interactive way with magic, movement, puppets, juggling and other performance art. Thanks to storyteller Kirk Waller and children's musicians Beth Crespan, Madeleine King, Gary Lapow, Spike Sikes, Miss Kitty, Joni de Gabriele, and magicians Dan Raspyni, David Facer, Frank Olivier and so many others who are contributing to this effort. 


Recent programs include a wonderful clown workshop with much audience participation by Circus of Smiles at 24-Hour Childcare in Oakland. See our blog for Host Barb Withers' story.


We are always looking for more interactive performers, so please let us know if you have any referrals.

Get more info and fill out volunteer application here.

New Board Members Revitalize Bread & Roses
Greg Beattie Cathy Less Amanda Metcalf Stacy Nelson
Greg Beattie
Cathy Less
Amanda Metcalf
Stacy Nelson
We are happy to announce that four new members are joining Bread & Roses' board: Greg Beattie of Veritas Corporate Law; Catherine Less of Baker Street Advisors; Amanda Metcalf, Law Offices of Amanda Metcalf; and Stacy Nelson of Stacy Nelson & Associates LLC. We are thrilled to have such talented individuals join us. See related Blog.


Bread & Roses also wishes to acknowledge the hard work and committed service of outgoing board members Jim Callahan of Piedmont Piano Co., Patricia Dedekian of Calliope Consulting and Jocelyn Kane of the SF Entertainment Commission. Their many contributions helped to sustain our organization. They will be missed.
Summer 2014 Community Outreach Events
Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival

Bread & Roses will have a table at the Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival June 27-29 in Laytonville, CA. Come by to visit us - and don't miss our raffle! Prizes include a beautiful photo of Jerry Garcia by Ken Friedman. Several in the featured line-up are also Bread & Roses performers, including Spark & Whisper, The Highway Poets, Tom Paxton, the Indigo Girls and Joan Baez. Thanks to producers Cloud Moss, Danny Scher and Wavy Gravy for their long support of Bread & Roses.

Iron Springs Logo
Give Back Tuesday at Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
Join us at Iron Springs in Fairfax on "Give Back Tuesday" August 5. Ten percent of all food/drink sales from 4 to 10 pm will benefit Bread & Roses. Talented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Amy Wigton and bassist Robin Hildebrant will perform songs from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, from her "Mostly Joni" (Joni Mitchell) show along with other material. Don't miss the chance to hear these extraordinary Bread & Roses performers and share some cheer with our community.  Thanks to Anne & Michael Altman of Iron Springs for your ongoing support.  
Summer Nights Concert at Osher Marin JCC
We will also be at the Osher Marin JCC on Sat. July 26 hosting the Kid Zone at their Summer Nights Concert with San Francisco's Ambassadors of Gypsy Rock Diego's Umbrella.  We'll be helping the kids make some rhythm shakers and letting people know more about Bread & Roses. Visit their website for more info.

STAY TUNED for more exciting Bread & Roses benefit events happening this Fall!

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40th Anniversary Benefit + Concert

Thanks to the many individuals who helped make our 40th Anniversary Benefit on March 1, 2014 a great success. Special thanks to Bobby McFerrin, SoVoSó and all who worked tirelessly on our behalf and whose generosity helped us achieve our fundraising goals.

Performers Give Back

We appreciate our many supporters and volunteers who make our program possible throughout the year.


Special recognition to singer-guitarist Tim Harris who is performing at a mixer at his company VM Software in Palo Alto - and soliciting donations to benefit us.  Thanks also to Beth Crespan of Music Together of Marin who is sponsoring a fundraising concert at her music school in August.  


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