Thanks, Moms & Dads!

So, I'd like to take this moment to thank my mom and dad for not only contributing to Helen's fundraising efforts, but for the investment they made in me while I was living under their roof...and beyond.  In addition to the basics, like food, clothes and shelter, here's a list of some of the other things they provided me with, all of which have gotten me where I am today:

Voice lessons, piano lessons, a piano, dance lessons, dance recital costumes, tap shoes, jazz shoes, ballet shoes, a flute, figure skating classes, college application fees, summer stock application fees, summer theatre camp tuition, gas money and bus money for multiple trips into NYC for auditions, children's theatre classes, gas money and their personal chaffeur services to and from all these lessons and theatre related activities, tuition assistance to study with the renowned Moscow Art Theatre, money toward producing my graduate thesis performance, part of my undergrad tuition, Trader Joes gift cards and groceries, and the list goes on...and on...

Oh, how I hope to repay you for all of it (and then some) in the future.

So, with Thanksgiving around the corner, I have a lot to be thankful for.  Because through this project, I not only have my very own wonderful mom and dad to be grateful for, but it seems I've gained even more moms and dads (and grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles, etc.) who believe in me and this project, and who are doing everything they can to show their support.  And everyday it overwhelms and astounds me.  

So today's blog is a shout-out to my parents, and all the Helen parents who have willingly transported their children to and from rehearsals and readings, who have donated to our fundraising efforts, who have spread the word to their friends, colleagues, family members and the press, and who take the time out of their busy schedules to send me words of encouragement. 

It means so much to us. 

And just like I have never let my own parents down, I promise that I will do everything in my power to make your investment in Helen worthwhile.