Friday, May 16, 2014

Creations For Parkinson's Raises Over 800,000 Lindens

By Bixyl Shuftan

On Tuesday May 13th, the Creations for Parkinson's group held their third annual fundraiser at the Sweethearts Jazz club. For thirteen hours, a number of musicians performed for the crowd, which was up to 75 avatars in size. The event was to raise funds for the Michael J. Fox foundation.

Last year, the event had raised 756,000 Lindens. In the final hour of the event, they not only reached that amount again, but exceeded it. At the official close of the event, the total raised was 800,000 Lindens, or more than $2,500 US dollars. More would be continued to be donated, and later the official number was 805,000 Lindens.

Barbie Alchemi, the head of Creations for Parkinson's, called the amount donated, "amazing! ... it is the power of love!" Barbie went on to say someone had told her Linden Lab's CEO Ebbe Altberg himself had tweeted about the event. Also, "Firestorm and Singularity viewers all had us on their opening page today!!!! I am so happy and amazed at the kindness and generosity of the SL community."

Barbie expressed her thanks to the Newser not just for helping to publicize the event, but also writing about her real-life mother Fran Serenade, "she is unique both in real-life and in SL. She is so filled with love and joy of life. She is always eager to learn the next thing. When we are out (in real life) food shopping people will stopped us and say to her 'Do you know you glow' and she does."

Eventually, Barbie had to leave, "I have been glued to my computer chair since 8 am and it is time for me to get unglued. Heehee!" She expressed her thanks to "Shannon, Blake and the entire Sweethearts team."

Bixyl Shuftan

1 comment:

  1. This year was the first time that I attended this event hosted by Sweethearts Jazz Club to raise funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. I recently started working with Creations for Parkinson's as Barbie's assistant and event coordinator and I know every build and every event have been a labor of love for her family and supporters of Creations for Parkinson's. I was humbled by the number of SL residents that attended the 3rd annual event at Sweethearts all day long and gave so selflessly throughout the day and night. Thanks to Sweethearts owners, the many amazing entertainers, and staff that made this event so incredibly successful. Hope to see you all next year!