Please help keep us Alive & Kickin!
Grandma Ferrell taught me to work hard, believe in myself, and not let preconceived notions hold me back. Fueled by her wisdom and in her honor, 14 senior citizens joined me in a church basement in 2010. I passed out song-sheets, and we began to rehearse; Janis Joplin, Queen, and Michael Jackson. From there we set out to redefine what it means to be a senior citizen. From that modest beginning, the Twin Cities’ Premier Rockin Senior Ensemble, ALIVE & KICKIN, was born.
Five years later, we are thrilled to report that our hard work has paid off far beyond our expectations. We are breaking down stereotypes (with a sledgehammer!) and electrifying more than 3,000 annual audience members all across the state. Most importantly, audience and cast members alike constantly tell us we have “given new meaning to their lives”, “given them something to look forward to”, and “inspired them to try something new”. For me personally, directing ALIVE & KICKIN is, by far, the most important thing I have ever done in my life.
Seniors have laid the groundwork for me, for all of us, to enjoy the freedoms and social understandings that we do today. Please join me honoring their work and the lessons your grandparents have provided by financially supporting our next endeavors. We are looking to provide more senior programming and increased accessibility to underserved communities. We’ve set our goal at raising $50,000 before the end of this year. Here are some examples of what your dollars can do:
- $50 supplies a senior cast member with sheet music for the year
- $250 covers the cost of sponsoring 10 group home residents to attend our annual June show
- $500 partially covers cast transportation costs to performance sites outside the Twin Cities
- $1,000 allows Alive & Kickin to perform at an underserved senior care facility
- $1,500 would allow us to buy our own portable defibrillator, essential to cast safety
Please help us achieve our year-end goal and donate today. Thank you for supporting us in redefining what it means to be a senior, for touching so many lives, and for giving seniors a voice!
Michael Matthew Ferrell