February was our Month of HART, and we asked each of our affiliated blues societies located within the United States to host a HART Fund benefit in their community. US blues artists are often under or uninsured, and the HART Fund is here to help them when they often most need it by offering direct financial support for medical, dental, vision, hearing, and/or mental health needs. We also ensure that blues musicians receive dignified funerals at end of life by providing resources for their families related to their burials. And of course, our health screenings at the IBC and other blues events are often the only healthcare that blues musicians receive, and all of it is offered at no expense to them.
We’d like to thank the following organizations for holding Day of HART fundraisers:
with the support of Dr. Kathy Bolmer
& Dr. Janice Johnston
with the support of affiliated
Canadian blues societies
We’d also like to thank the following individuals for donating to the HART Fund during the Month of HART:
Alex Varlow, Allyn Mulligan, Amy Brat & Lil’ Brat, Anita Schlank, Austin and Lisa Walsh, Brian Rizzo, Bruce Weber, Carl Gold, Charles Clark, Charlotte Arrick, Dave Obermayer, Dave Power, David Black, David Pendleton, Diane Martin, Doug MacLeod, Ernest Bickley, Ernest Martinez, Gary Sampson, Gerry & Pat Guthrie, Gina Solomon, Glenn Mickelson, Jack Oudiz, John Eldred, Kat Graham, Kathy Bolmer, Ken Stone, Lance Bowman, Laura Koelzer, Leisa Farrow, Leonard Bowens, Mark & Karene Telesca, Martin Shore, Michael Sullivan, Nini Lofstrom, Pat Robertson, Rebecca Brooklyn, Red’s Blues, Richard “Reggie” Stout, Richard Greenberg, Robert Jacobucci, Savina Schoenhofer, Sheila Doherty, Sidney and Lynn Morris, and Steve Dixson