LEAP Gala, May 30, 2015

May 31, 2015

Dear LEAP Team,

Congratulations on what sounds like was a fabulous show! I was away and couldn’t attend, but continue to hear such good things! Thank you for including Dolan students in this event! Happy rest-of-the-school-year and SUMMER to ALL!

C. Tourse

“The first step to wisdom is silence; the second is listening.” -Anonymous

May 31, 2015

Dear LEAP Team,

Last night was a wonderful evening as well as a statement of vision, partnership, friendship, and community impact. Each of you presented with grace and poise.  Your messages were commented upon by adults as being significant, impressive, soulful. Most of all, you once again touched the hearts of those around you. Thank you.

Now it is your turn to thank those who took the time to join you, took the time to learn about you, took the time to ask about your work and reflect with you.

I appreciate everyone’s thoughts and time, from brainstorming with friends about how to pull off the show, to carrying the drift wood off the beaches, to glueing the art together,…. the list is endless really. Thank you.

I am going to ask you to reply all and send a special note of thanks to those who came, those who helped hang the show, those who cooked, those who bought you material, those who helped make art at Dolan, those who came to say hi, those who donated the space, etc.

Please remember that no one does it alone, and add e-mails of those i am missing to make sure that they know they are appreciated, and we can all know who they are.

Rachel, thank you for trusting us with your space at NEAT.  It was a wonderful moment, and i hope that you are pleased with the product we created. After all, our work reflects on you. Rachel’s contact information is at the end of this email if you want to reach out to her directly.

Layna, thank you for volunteering your time to hang, dismantle, take photos (some attached below) and support the teams.

Best to all. Happy Graduation! See you Tuesday.

Regards,

Lauren

May 31, 2015

Dear LEAP Team,

This is just another note to thank everyone again for making the LEAP gala on Saturday possible.  Everyone who participated and attended contributed to make the evening a huge success.  For me, it was a great opportunity to share my experience over the last four years and also to hear about everyone else’s experiences as each was so unique.  It was extra special to see so much talent from poetry to painting being used to illustrate the vision of various LEAPs.

A special thanks to Espresso NEAT for allowing us to hold our event in their cafe and to Rachel for donating her time and for sharing her own experiences during the RAP. Another special thanks to everyone who contributed  to the setting up of the show, including bringing food, without these things it would not have been the great success it was. And lastly, a special thank you to Lauren, without whom none of this would have been possible.

Thank you.

Regards,

Hayley

May 31, 2015

Dear LEAP Team,

Saturday was amazing and I thank everyone that had helped make it happen. It couldn’t have been done without everyone. All the art was beautiful and Ezekwee, those poems were wonderful. Thank you, Rachel for letting us use the space to have this event and thank you, Lauren.

Chrismide Chery

May 31, 2015

Dear participants and hosts of the the end of the year LEAP Gala,

I want to thank you all for supporting our projects and giving them a home for the end of the year.  I have personally seen each LEAP member put in hours and hours of work so it made me happy to see such a successful end result.

It was a joy to watch all the final presentations and to share my story with so many people willing to listen. We’ve come so far and I hope we continue to support each other! Thank you!

Best,

Kyle

May 31, 2015

Dear LEAP Team,

I wanted to say thank you to everyone for being a part of the LEAP gala on Saturday night. As a senior, having that even was a fantastic way to close off my LEAP journey, being able to present my work as well as hear about the tremendous work of my peers. I have been truly inspired by everyone that I have met and worked with through LEAP. The skits/anti-bullying LEAP were very thoughtful and not something we get to see everyday. While people talk about how bullying is bad, these skits began to have an impact and make change. The poetry wall was amazing from both the poetry itself and how it was presented. Each poem was so sincere, they all really touched my heart. Also hearing about Hayley and Kyle’s LEAPs were truly amazing, seeing all of the progress they have made.

Thank you to Espresso NEAT for so kindly hosting us and all that attended/helped out (food, decorations, set up, etc). Without everyone’s support the night could not have been as well executed as it was. It has been my pleasure to work with such magnificent people and a true honor to work with someone as dedicated and passionate as Lauren.

Thanks again,

Julianna

Dear LEAP Team,

So fun to see the photos! I’m so glad NEAT was a good space for the event. It was really my pleasure to be able to provide it.

All the best,

Rachel Haughey, Founder NEAT Coffee, 919.423.7934 (cell) NEATcoffee.com