Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bull Roast Benefit at La Fontaine Bleue

 Calling All Oracle Fans - Special Event on June 9th!!!

Every once in a while you hear a story that really touches you, and even though you may not know the person involved personally, their story kind of reaches out and grabs you, inspiring you to reach out and want to do something to help.

Such is the case of Shelly Norris.  The mother of two beautiful little children, Shelly was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer, and has undergone surgery and a series of painful and exhausting treatments that nobody should ever have to suffer through.  Nevertheless, she remains buoyant and positive, an enormous undertaking considering the emotional uncertainty and financial hardship she is facing.  This is a family that needs some help to cope with these challenges that life is throwing at them at such a young age.

Oracle Band would like to announce that we are participating in a fund raiser for Shelly and her family to help offset the incredible expenses they face as she fights this terrible disease.

The fundraiser will take the form of a bull roast at La Fontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie, the scene of so many great Oracle Band parties.  The date will be Saturday, June 9th from 9:00 until 1:00.  It's an opportunity for ALL of our Oracle Family members to come out to have a great time, support a family in need, and show everyone that generosity and compassion towards someone they've never met can work miracles.

Shelly has a website that keeps her friends up to date on her battle, as well as featuring some photos and a running commentary on her condition.  We would ask you all to PLEASE visit this site and really read about the journey she has made up to this point.  We promise that if you read from the beginning of her posts on March 28th of this year, through her most recent posts, you'll be hopping on the phone right away to purchase some tickets.

Visit The Shelly Norris Website

You hear stories and receive inspirational e-mails every day about folks you've never heard of, and they touch your heart.  Here's a chance to do something positive about one of those very REAL people you read about, and we promise you that the satisfaction you'll receive from doing something positive towards helping this family in need, who are facing adversity square on, will be worth it's weight in gold.

Check out this recent post from Shelley...

The last week was a little rough (that is why you haven't received an update from me) but I am on my good week this week! I am going into my third chemo treatment this Monday. My hair is officially almost gone. Who knew I would look so good with a shaved head! We had a great week with family and friends! I have been going to the Annapolis Wellness House a lot lately. They offer so much for families who are going through this cancer journey.  It is amazing. The kids love going too!  We are looking forward to all the visits from friends and family. You keep me going.

So...the details.

If you haven't been to a La Fontaine Bleue bull roast you don't know what you've been missing.  The food is absolutely out of this world.  The roast beef will melt in your mouth!  Coupled with all the other assorted meats, veggies, salads, and desserts, you won't be able to eat again for a couple of days!  Beer and sodas are included with the ticket price.

Tickets are $35 each.  A portion of each ticket sold goes directly to the family, there are no administrative fees or anything like that.  Your contribution goes directly to help the family.  Tickets may be purchased at La Fontaine Bleue @ (410) 760-4115  or by calling Carol Amersbach @ (410) 404-7971.

In addition, there will be a 50-50 drawing, cheer and money wheels, and pink signature drinks at the cash bar.  Oh yeah...and there will be dancing.  LOTS of dancing!  All your favorite hits from yesterday and today.


La Fontaine Bleue is really easy to get to.  It's located right on Route 2 in the heart of Glen Burnie.  It's only 30 minutes from Annapolis, 15 minutes from Baltimore, and just 20 minutes from the Columbia area.

We sure would appreciate it if you would be so kind as to share this post on your FaceBook, Twitter, and other social networking pages.  This would be a great party on it's own, with the food, the music, and the dancing.  That we can help brighten the lives of Shelly, her husband Eric, and her two beautiful children is icing on the cake...and it's pretty good icing!!!!!

Please call today to reserve your tickets.  They need to get a head count as soon as possible so they know which room to prepare and how many meals will be served.

We hope you can make it out to join us for this very worthwhile cause.  You'll have a great time, and we promise you'll feel really good about making a very significant difference in the lives of this deserving family.

 Thank you all!!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Congratulations to Christina & Robert!!!

On Saturday at the Omni-Shoreham hotel in Washington DC the band was delighted to be a part of Christina and Robert's wedding day celebration.

Built in 1933 the Omni-Shoreham has a rich history starting with the inaugural ball of Franklin Roosevelt and every president since.  Even more intriguing is that the hotel has it's very own ghost, residing in a room appropriately named the "Ghost Suite"!

But enough about the hotel...it's Christina & Robert's WEDDING we really wanted to talk about.  We knew we were in for a treat when during dinner the Chinese Youth Club Lion Dance team entered the room to entertain for about 20 minutes during dinner.  Featuring 2 lions and a "Buddha" lion tamer, and accompanied by several percussionists, it was truly a unique experience for a wedding!

This was one of the latest wedding receptions we have played in many years, lasting until 1:00 in the morning.  Heck, we didn't start the dance music until almost 11:00.  So you can understand that it was with awe that we saw the dance floor still jammed even as the last strains of "Don't Stop Believin"" served as a sendoff song for our newlywed couple.

Finally, kudos go out to Aubrey and the folks at Simply Created Events in Baltimore.  They served as "Day Of" coordinator, and it was a pleasure to work with her.  We would recommend her highly to anyone looking to remove some of the stress of managing the details of their wedding day.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Photos from April 2012 Whispers Restaurant Performance

It took a little while to select the best photos from this great evening and get them all edited and cropped, but here they are for all to enjoy.  If you were there, we probably got a shot of you somewhere in here.  If you weren't there...WHY NOT???

This was one really great party, and we were so happy to see so many friends out on the dance floor, including a few that we haven't seen for quite some time!

We hope you enjoy the photos.  You can also find them in the Whispers Photo Gallery for April 2012 in our photo gallery section, where it's easier to see them all on one page.

Gambrills Athletic Club Performance Sold Out

For those that got your tickets to the Super Bull Roast at Gambrills Athletic Club, congratulations!  Tickets are now officially sold out and we are expecting the largest crowd ever to attend one of these extremely popular events.

We'll let you know when tickets officially go on sale for November's big Bull or Oyster Roast, which will be held on Saturday, November 3rd.

For more information on the November performance, visit the Oracle Band / Gambrills Athletic Club Bull & Oyster Roast Information Page.