July 24, 2010

: The Art of Elysium, It feels good to give back!

I joined this amazing website, Crowdrise, a while back. It's about volunteering, raising money for Charity and having the most fun in the world while doing it. In their own hilarious words: "Crowdrise is way more fun than anything else aside from being all nervous about trying to kiss a girl for the first time and her not saying something like ‘you've got to be kidding me.’"

The one project I would like to bring to your attention is Art of Elyisum Rocks. The Art of Elysium is dedicated to enriching the lives of artists and critically ill children. As the lives of these children are full of fear, pain, and loss they believe that artists have a unique ability to help these children find a voice through creativity. As a creative myself, I know how important it is to be able to express yourself in ways that feel right to you. And what is even more important to me is being able to give back to those less fortunate than myself.

For most of my life I was always jealous of others's lives, you know, the ones with the big homes and nice cars and rich parents. And I admit I still have my moments but over the last few years I have come to realize that I am extremely blessed. I am SO lucky to be able to walk, and talk, and hear, and see, and dance, and play sports, and do things for myself. It's incredibly heart-breaking when you take a minute to learn about how many people, especially children, are limited because of their illnesses. I'm not a doctor, nor do I have any cures for diseases but I do have a voice. And with this voice I am able to do great things like rally for donations to help projects like The Art of Elysium stay alive. Without projects like this, most of these children would have nothing to look forward to except medical tests and perhaps the one day they can see the outside world again. But that isn't even guaranteed.

This week I have been messaging with activist and actress, Sophia Bush, whom I deeply admire. She is actually a Gala Committee Member with AOE and I told her how important this project is to me and how badly I want involve my company with it, as we work with artists all over the world. She came back saying that she has a lot of great ideas she would love to discuss with me, and we're planning to meet sometime next month. I am so happy! I've been struggling to convince my company that this is something important we should be a part of and I know that two heads are better than one, so I am very much looking forward to this meeting.

I can't even express how excited and grateful I am for this opportunity. I feel so blessed. Sophia has done so much already for AOE and other projects, and it feels great to have such an influencer behind me.

So, I definitely encourage you to check out Crowdrise and if you're feeling any projects to donate to them. You can donate to my projects, too, if you'd like. I would appreciate it so much!


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  2. woops i messed up.

    But this is awesome Lolly, keep it up.. remember that you inspire many of us and especially your female friends.

    youre doing what you want to do and im proud. Ill support you in anyway i can, IF given the chance. Just let me know bud.