On Saturday evening, April 2, (despite torrential rains, wind, floods, etc) family and friends made it to the Garrison School for the Heart and Soul Talent Show which was dedicated to Cailean Walker Sheeran. We deeply thank all those who made the difficult trip (and all those who had the best intentions of being there).
We also want to express our gratitude to all the participants who gave up more than a few evenings (including weekends) for rehearsals etc. Thanks to teachers Gina, Robin, Karen, Marilena, Faith, Tiffany, and Amy for their background singing on “Yellow”, and/or sitting out in the cold, selling tickets the previous weekend, and/or working in the school lobby that night. Dick, Randy, and Jeff were instrumental in setting up the gym and doing countless other tasks. Thanks to Gloria Colucci for her interest and introduction and to Stephanie Impellittiere for her kind words about Cailean. We express appreciation to Marge Travis who prepared a beautiful basket of yellow flowers and to Mary Foppiano who presented us with a wondrous bouquet of yellow roses on behalf of the Garrison staff. Words can not express how deeply we were touched. Diane Travis also came to the rescue with some last minute preparations.
All the students who performed were so talented and worked so hard. Particular thanks to Cailean’s good friend, Christina, who came home from school in Albany to play the flute so well on “Yellow”. We also want to express our appreciation to Richie Rose, with whom Cailean played guitar, for his outstanding performance on Saturday (people are still talking about how wonderful he was). In some way, he was the musical link and truly represented Cailean at the show.
“Sharing Sheeran”, the CD which was available for a donation of any amount seemed to be a big hit. We received over $800 that evening and orders are still pouring in. All proceeds will be sent to Dr. Fallon to be used for Neuro-Lyme research. Special thanks to Alex, Cathy, and Woody who spent a good amount of time burning the CD to help us out.
Finally, thanks to Patty Scecina, her committee heads, and all the volunteers for their hard work which made the show the success it was.
Patty’s idea of dedicating the show and the song “Yellow” gave our family memories we will treasure forever. She dedicated many hours to directing the show and perfecting her singing and keyboard playing on “Yellow”. We are quite sure that Cailean was looking down and was appreciative of all who participated, helped or attended. He lives on in all of our hearts and souls.
As always, thanks for your continued love and support. Maureen