Update February 2019:
We are excited to share that we have launched a brand new certified charity campaign here: https://www.gofundme.com/SHINEMSD
Our efforts are the same and our mission remains providing creative arts therapy to trauma victims. We thank you in advance for your support of Shine MSD and we hope you will share our new campaign with your friends, family, and community.
Following the shooting tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School on February 14, 2018, members of the MSD Drama Club came together to provide comfort to each other and students affected by the tragedy. Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Pena, MSD Drama Club members, began writing a song entitled “Shine”. Their approach did not start from anger, but rather from a place of healing.
A Town Hall Meeting at the BB & T Center in Sunrise, Florida was quickly organized and broadcast live on CNN on February 21, 2018, which was broadcast live to 3 million people. The event was rife with emotion and concluded with the MSD Drama Club members performing the song “Shine”. The performance of the song was significant, encouraging the community to come together and heal from this horrific tragedy.
The Town Hall broadcast launched "Shine" into the spotlight. It was immediately decided that any proceeds generated by the song or other works of art generated by our students should be directed towards healing. Thus, Shine MSD was born.
The purpose of Shine MSD is to help victims of trauma heal through creative arts therapy.
Shine MSD exists to provide healing through the arts for trauma victims, with a specific emphasis on those affected by the tragedy at MSD High School. The intent is to create, and broadcast, the healing message from the students of MSD High School through various mediums throughout the world.
All of Shine MSD board members have children in the MSD Drama Club. Shine MSD is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to helping those affected by trauma. All donations are tax deductible.
The song "Shine" is available for download:
SHINE Sawyer Garrity & Andrea Peña (ft. Stoneman Douglas Drama)
The more funds we raise, the more that Shine MSD can do. We will increase our fundraising goal as we hit each milestone. Please help us by sharing this GoFundMe with your friends and family: https://www.gofundme.com/shine-msd
- Katelyn Lerdo
- Sheila Heffernon
- Mary DiPaula
- Penny Hebert
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