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Be proud! Be very proud! The True Bluesers have once again met and then exceeded expectations. On Sunday afternoon our Relay For Life team Captain MoonMaiden Horner was handed an award on behalf of the RFL True Bluesers For a Cure team. It is a Sapphire Award. This is a level that most won’t get to at the end of the Relay but our folks achieved it half way through.

It is a real testament to the generosity and caring that makes the Riverside community special. We may not be the biggest community but I would put us up against anyone. So thanks to all of you, Riverside staff and guests, for helping to raise 1.235 million lindens to this point. A remarkable achievement.

Captain Moonie with the Riverside’s Sapphire Award from Relay For Life.

We still have some great events coming up too. This weekend will see the start of our Celebrity Event. A series of Spring Concerts in the Park. These concerts will have the DJ and host putting on a tribute show for a specific artist. If possible they will dress like the artist and provide a biography between the music.

The list of concerts is as follows:

Ray & Delia – Jimi Hendrix – May 20th
Jordan & Possum – Dion – May 20th
Rinda & CJ – Eric Clapton- May 22nd
Graylon & Cay – Santana – May 23rd
Xia & Cay – Big Mama Thornton – May 23rd
Lolli & Charlie – Allman Brothers – May 23rd
Chevy & Host TBA – Etta James – May 24th
Xavia & Aly – Janis Joplin – May 24th
Foxy & TraCee – Keb Mo – May 24th
Dagger & Julie – Black Crowes – May 24th
Moonie & Rinda – The Blues Brothers – May 25th
Piffy & Vali – ZZ Top – May 26th
Mac & Piffy – John Lee Hooker – May 26th
Catrin & OnlyOne- Joe B. & Beth Hart – May 26th
Messalina & Kitty – Katie Webster – May 26th
Bree & Julie – Bonnie Raitt – May 27th

This should be a great time. We hope to see you folks for some or all of these events. Keep your eyes open. More concerts may be added.

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The Riverside Date Auction for Relay For Life was another huge success for True Bluesers during this RFL season.

It should come as no surprise that once again the Riverside community has out done itself. It is becoming commonplace for the Delta family to exceed expectations and overwhelmingly surpass any goals we may set for ourselves. Maybe, it is time to stop looking at it as extraordinary when True Bluesers step up to the plate and knock it outta the park. It just keeps happening. Last night was no exception.

Soulsister Jaystack & Asher Quorzor

Soulsister Haystack with Asher Quorzor. Soulsister won a date with Asher for a $5,000 Linden bid.

Last night was the Riverside’s Date Auction for Relay For Life and on a packed Mudbug Pier with everyone dressed up and looking great we managed to raise $100,140 Lindens for the charity in about 90 minutes. Astonishing! What you may not know is that we continued to raise money after the event was over. We started the night at L$ 1,038,000 approximately. We ended the date auction at L$ 1,139,000 but our total at the end of the night was over $1.202 million Lindens or almost $5000 US. So, for the whole evening we raised L$ 163,000  or $660 US. Very impressive! Great job everyone. We thank you your incredible generosity and support.

The auction boards.

The auction boards at the Mudbug Pier.

Here are the results from last night:

Xavia Palmira                        $3,000                        from Kazoo Cooljoke

Stusie2Funny Emerald           $20,000                     from Trigger7113 Resident

Maggie Lowbeam                   $7,000                       from Karma Lefevre

MoonMaiden Horner               $4,000                       from Cate Foulsbane

Toria Boszormeny                   $3,000                       from Mac Ronas

Siani Janus                             $2,500                        from Wulf Carlucci

Zara Mistwalker                      $2,000                       from KB Byk

Parker72 Resident                  $9,000                       from Cayleen Carlucci

Asher Quorzor                        $5,000                       from Soulsister Haystack

Owl Leeeroy                           $16,000                     from Mary Hawklord

Graylon Ash                            $2,300                       from Julie Leifstrom

CharlieAllnut Resident            $4,500                       from  FoxyGhost Baxton

Rollin Petrolhead                    $21,840                     from Nillia Lamilton

Thanks again to all who attended and supported our event.

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Last week, when I challenged MoonMaiden Horner to tunes at 20 paces, I had no idea this musical duel would turn into something way bigger than we could have even hoped. The original intent was to have some fun playing some contrasting music and to make a few Lindens for Relay For Life.

Moonie & Ray

The favourite Moonie "WMD" Horner and the challenger Raymond65 Docherty. Photos by Sinsaber holgado.

We did expect a good turn out because the trash talkin’ was going back and forth pretty regular and people were chatting about the battle. Facebook was busy with posts about the contest and it was being promoted as well. Then the Relay For Life people got involved as well. It all added up to lots of hype beforehand. To be honest, I was nervous. I haven’t been nervous before a show in a long time. I just hoped we could provide the kind of entertainment for which everyone was hoping.

Then before I knew it, it was Saturday night. When I arrived at 7 PM. Mac Ronas had a house full. He always does. (Following Mac is one of the best gigs in SL.) The thing is the crowd kept growing. We had over 60 avatars on the sim a few times during the set and over 50 almost the whole show. It was a sight to see. All of these True Bluesers at the Riverside to witness the musical brawl. Sage Allegiere was there to referee the bout. The crowd was hungry and wanted my blood. I was told many times Moonie was gonna kick my butt. I was starting to believe them. 😉

A full house in support of RFL. Photo by Greywolf Redyard.

A full house in support of RFL. Photo by Greywolf Redyard.

 

Then it started. I came out hard with one of my best punches. I missed but it didn’t matter. Everything changed right then. The war became a show of Riverside community. The crowd started donating to RFL like crazy. Soon, the battle dissolved into a celebration of music and life. It was really amazing to see.

Some people started telling about loved ones they had lost and the donations flowed even more. It seemed that whenever someone opened up a loss it touched someone else and they contributed a story or more Lindens. In all we raised over 200,000 Lindens or $800 US. An incredible achievement in two short hours.

RFL Kiosk

The winner....

We all have important people we have lost in our lives. Mine is Eileen. She was my best friend’s mom when I was a kid. She was the one that I developed my love of music from. She was always playing Ray Charles, Otis, Aretha and BB King. She sure loved those old soul records. I would like to think that after last night she was smiling somewhere.

Thanks to each and everyone of you. This will go down as one of the Riverside’s finest moments.

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We at the Riverside believe in good causes and it is with great pride that we too join the Relay for Life in aid of cancer research. This horrible disease spares no one from it’s terrible reach as we all have lost family or friends to this terrible scourge. I personally lost a woman who was like a second mom to me a little over a year ago, not long ago a Second Life friend and great DJ Maggie McCardle lost her life after a short battle with the awful plague and just recently watched a co-worker deal with his daughter’s fight that finally ended for her on March 22, at the age of 31.

It is impossible to live on this earth and not be affected by cancer. We can help though. We can do our part. We will have a kiosk in our club and anyone who can help will be welcome to do so there. Please do. We sometimes think that we can’t contribute much but every little bit does help.

Today is a special day in Canada. Today marks the 30th anniversary of Terry Fox dipping his foot in the Atlantic Ocean in St. John’s, Newfoundland and starting his cross Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. It started out as a personal quest for Fox and became the biggest news story of the year and a source of inpiration worldwide.

A young man with short, curly hair and an artificial right leg grimaces as he runs down a street.  He is wearing shorts and a T-shirt that reads "Marathon of Hope"Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, a community near Vancouver on Canada’s west coast. An active teenager involved in many sports, Terry was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and forced to have his right leg amputated 15 centimetres (six inches) above the knee in 1977.

The night before his surgery, Fox was given an article about Dick Traum, the first amputee to complete the New York Marathon. The article inspired him; he embarked on a 14-month training program, telling his family he planned to compete in a marathon himself. In private, he devised a greater plan. His experiences in hospital upset Fox, who became angry at how little money was dedicated to cancer research in Canada. He intended to run the length of Canada in the hopes of increasing cancer awareness.

Fox ran with an unusual gait, as he was required to hop-step on his good leg due to the extra time the springs in his artificial leg required to re-set after each step. He found the training painful. The additional pressure he had to place on both his good leg and his stump led to bone bruises, blisters and intense pain. He found that after about 20 minutes of each run he crossed a pain threshold and the run became easier.

In August 1979, Fox competed in a marathon in Prince George, British Columbia where he finished in last place, ten minutes behind the nearest competitor. His effort was met with tears and applause from the other participants. Following the marathon, he revealed his plan to his family. He initially hoped to raise $1 million, but later sought to raise $1 for each of Canada’s 24 million people.

In a letter to the Canadian Cancer Society that Fox wrote, he said:

“I am not a dreamer, and I am not saying that this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer. But I believe in miracles. I have to.

Terry Fox, October 1979

After 18 months and running over 5,000 kilometres (3,107 miles) to prepare, Terry started his run in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980 with little fanfare. He would call his journey the Marathon of Hope. It was a journey that Canadians never forgot. Although it was difficult to garner attention in the beginning, enthusiasm soon grew, and the money collected along his route began to mount.

The physical demands of running a marathon every day took its toll on Fox’s body. Other than at the request of the Cancer Society while in Montreal, he refused to take a day off, even on his 22nd birthday. He frequently suffered shin splints and an inflamed knee. He developed cysts on his stump and suffered dizzy spells. Fox rejected calls for him to seek regular medical checkups,  and dismissed suggestions he was risking his future health. At one point he suffered a soreness in his ankle that would not go away. Although he feared he had suffered a stress fracture, he ran for three more days before seeking medical attention, and was relieved to learn he only suffered from tendinitis and that it could be treated with painkillers.

In spite of his immense recuperative ability, Fox found that by late August he felt exhausted before he began his day’s run. On September 1, outside of Thunder Bay, he was forced to stop briefly after suffering an intense coughing fit and experiencing pains in his chest. Unsure of what else to do, he resumed running as the crowds along the highway shouted out their encouragement. A few miles later, experiencing a shortness of breath and still suffering the pain in his chest, he asked to be driven to the hospital. He feared immediately that he had run his last mile. The next day he held a tearful press conference announcing that his cancer had returned and spread to his lungs. As a result, he was forced to end his run after 143 days and 5,280 kilometres. An entire nation was stunned and saddened. While others offered to complete the run for him, Fox refused, stating that he wanted to complete his marathon himself. Terry passed away 9 months later on June 28, 1981 at the age 22.

File:Terry Fox Statue db.jpgA Canadian hero was gone, but his legacy was just beginning. Fox was the youngest person ever named a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian award. He won the 1980 Lou Marsh Award as the nation’s top sportsman and was named Canada’s Newsmaker of the Year in both 1980 and 1981. Today, millions of people in over 60 countries participate in the annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981 and is now the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research.  Considered a national hero, many buildings, roads, schools and parks have been named in Fox’s honour across the Canada.

To date, close to $500 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name through the annual Terry Fox Run, held across Canada and around the world.

The fact that I am a huge blues fan some may surmise that an Elmore James or a Robert Johnson would be my hero. They would be wrong. Terry Fox is my hero.

We are very happy to help Relay for Life.

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