Dynamic Quarter Holds
Much Promise for LFC's Future
Good news and more good news!
Gees, this has been a whirlwind of a summer filled with lots of blessings!
It's truly amazing how things will come together if you just let them
happen instead of attempting to "make them happen", (which
I have found often botches things up). Okay, enough of my "soapbox".
Most importantly, our national sales through the nine-hundred plus Musicland
outlets has resulted more than 500% better than any of us originally
had estimated. Our board of directors are extremely thankful to the
Musicland Corporation for their generosity and working extra hard in
helping us with our mission to help the Columbine families. To learn
more about it, please read News Story #3 for
the complete story. This is truly great news!
Secondly, although he will be greatly missed, Dan Barnhart has stepped
down from serving on our board after a generous two year stint of offering
incredible talent and vision to our endeavor. Dan, who is a key part
of the advertising agency BarnhartCMI in Denver, through his wonderful
staff Laurel Malenke, Christina-Robinson Brickley and others, developed
our CD packaging, created our static website www.columbinecd.com,
provided press releases to the media and helped develop our radio
and television spots. Since his departure, Dan has taken on other nonprofit
projects to help benefit the community and we wish him well in all of
his pursuits. I would also like to mention that Dan's work and that
of his talented staff won two awards for their contribution to the Lullaby
for Columbine Project in 2000! Congratulations again Dan and thank you
so very much for your time, talent and most importantly, your heart
to our cause.
On a related note, LFC gained two new members to the board. Erin McNamara,
who helped us tremendously with funding for our national distribution
(and is the best CD delivery person anywhere bar none) was elected in
late spring. Recently, we also elected artist Linda Arnold to the board.
Linda is most recognized for her powerful role with the Columbine families
through her incredible talents both as an artist and as a compassionate
person and we look forward to working with her in serving the Columbine
Thirdly, I would like to also invite you to check out two new pages
that have been added to our website. First we have a new teen columnist,
Aaron Delay, a Littleton High School graduate who has a real heart for
teens. His column titled TeenTalk will be a regular feature in
every issue of LFCNews Online. I encourage teens to visit his page and
feel free to write him.
Another new page is our Streaming Video
page that features many of the TV news stories that have been done on
LFC over the past two years. The page also features some of our TV spots
which were aired over many PAX stations across the country when we first
launched our national campaign. The streaming video will automatically
adjust to whatever bandwidth your ISP is providing via Surestream, which
will yield you the best picture performance and quality possible on
your system. LFC would like to especially thank Greg Hatstat for his
magnificent work on the video editing and the creation of all the video
clips for this new page. His generous support in lending his technical
expertise is greatly appreciated and continues to keep LFC on the cutting-edge!
we have been blessed to be a part of the JesusRun
2001 event being held here in Denver August 16 through the 18th
where over 5000 will participate in various marathons to help raise
funds for their favorite charities. The event also includes a Christian
music festival that will feature Rebecca St. James, Anointed, The Katinas,
Wes King, Shaded Red, and the talented Shauna
Chanda who has played a silent role in helping others to learn more
about our project. We will have a booth at the Marriott at the Denver
Technological Center for two days to promote our project and provide
information to people interested in running for LFC to raise money through
donations. Each runner will receive a T-shirt with the slogan "I
crossed the finish line for a Columbine!" printed on the front
of it - something they will be proud to wear long after the event is
over. We will also have a booth at the concert where we will be selling
our CDs and posters. We are excited to be a part of this great Christian
event and look forward to whatever harvest it may yield in helping us
with our fundraising effort.
On a more personal note, I would like to let everyone know of the passing
of a good friend of the Columbine community, Wytze Woudstra, whose life
was unexpectedly taken from us June 29, 2001. Wytze played a meaningful
role in the aftermath of the Columbine tragedy counseling many of the
students who lost their friends there. He was a dear friend and neighbor
who was always so generous with his time and resources. I encourage
everyone to visit the Alpine
Christian Services link, also listed on our Columbine Iinks page,
to learn more about his work in the area of helping abused children,
and the website of the Littleton
Hawks to learn more about his contribution to kids through hockey.
We express our heartfelt sympathy to his family and pray for God's strength
and guidance in their lives at this difficult time. Wytze was a gift
to us all and our lives have been truly blessed because of him.
God has truly been good to us this summer and I am encouraged by the
faith and hard work of our board members and supporters for hanging
in there with us through the "thick and the thin". We will
keep you updated on our progress with everything. As we approach another
new school year, keep our youth in your prayers that this becomes a
more peaceful season that results in an end to school violence. I believe
it can happen, but it must begin with each one of us in our daily routine
with our families and friends.