Have you heard about Girls Rock? It’s happening right here in town, starting next week, and it’s going to ROCK!
Today’s guest post comes to you from the organizers. There’s still time to get involved! (Plus, they have a sweet giveaway.)
Girls Rock Columbia 2013
It was over a glass of wine at familiar local music venue when I heard about it first.
“There’s this thing. Girls Rock. It’s all over the country. And I really want to start it here.”
There’s how it began. One glass of wine and a simple sentence.
It was decided to host an “interest meeting” and figure out if it would be worth attempting. Because let’s face it, it was a daunting endeavor. Well…over 60 women showed up, and that’s when the decision was made. We were going for it.
We would form what would eventually become Girls Rock Columbia and we would have to do it all, really quickly. In 7 (and one half) months, we would have to create a concept, raise funds, recruit campers & volunteers, and form an organization that would host a one week camp from July 22 to 27. A camp where 32 girls, ages 8 to 18 could come and learn how to play a musical instrument, compose an original song and, at the end of that week, perform their songs for the community. In addition to music, the camp would provide workshops ranging from screen printing to self defense, and we would give girls from all backgrounds in the Columbia area an opportunity to rock. In more ways than one.
But here’s the thing – all of this couldn’t be done alone. We needed help and we needed it fast. And wow, has Columbia delivered. Our benefit shows have been successes. So many local businesses have been gracious enough to donate a portion of proceeds for a day to our cause. Festivals have gifted us spaces to set up tables to get to know the community. The support has been overwhelming.
We’re here today (thanks to the lovely Shop Tart for giving us the opportunity!) to ask you a favor. We’re not done yet. We still have more funds to raise, and truthfully — we still need more hands on deck as volunteers the week of camp. We’ve made incredible progress, but it’s crunch time and Columbia, we need your help.
If you’re a lady (or if you’re not, I know you know & love someone who is), think about what this could mean for the female community in this city most of us call home. We are giving girls an opportunity at a very early age to acquire skills and confidence to make them leaders, and to foster a creative environment that they can learn from and take with them the rest of their lives.
With all that said, and to pique your interest even more -– we’re hosting a giveaway! I mentioned above that one of our workshops is screen printing, and I know EVERYONE loves a tote bag, so how about this? You can register to volunteer at this link, or you can head over to our Paypal to donate to GRC for a chance to win one of our very own screen printed Girls Rock original totes!
From now until Sunday night, if you do any of this (or if you do more than one, you get multiple entries), put in the “how you heard about us” section “The Shop Tart” and you’re automatically entered. If you donate, please be sure to shoot us an e-mail (email@example.com) and we’ll include you in the pot of names. On Monday morning, we’ll randomly draw a name and gift you a handmade screen printed tote!
Thank you so much for all you’ve done already, Columbia. Let’s take the next couple weeks and show them what we’re really made of – and how much girls really rock.
But it isn’t really the end. It’s the beginning! Of girls rocking Columbia. Actually, it’s not even the beginning of that, since girls have been rocking Columbia for ages. (Shout out to Danielle, Molly, Heidi, Jessica O and others who have paved the way!) Don’t you want to help even more girls rock Columbia? Because you totally can. And you might even win a cool tote.
On Friday night, you could even attend a benefit for Girls Rock Columbia, Guys Rock for Girls Rock, at the New Brookland Tavern. This sort of thing warms the Shop Tart’s heart and makes her love Columbia and its future even more.
See you there!
Happy Rocking and don’t forget to tell them you read it on the Shop Tart!