It’s hard to believe that a new decade is approaching! As we look back on the past 10 years, our hearts are full. Joedance has grown so much over the past 10 years and we’re thankful for the support from our local community.
Now, as we look ahead to 2020, we’re excited to welcome yet another “first” at the 2020 Joedance Film Festival. For the first time in the history of the festival, we’re welcoming filmmakers with a connection to Georgia or Tennessee. We recognize the growth and progress we’ve made over the past 10 years and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the new decade than by inviting filmmakers from our sister states.
Growth Made Possible By YOU
Of course, all of our growth and success over the past 10 years are made possible by YOU. We’re thankful for our loyal donors, sponsors, and festival patrons who’ve helped in so many ways. This year, we’re participating in SHARE Charlotte’s #GivingTuesdayCLT campaign along with hundreds of other local nonprofits. During the Giving Tuesday campaign, we’re keeping the spotlight on our 1,468 days campaign.
Your support of Joedance has helped make meaningful strides in the battle against pediatric cancer. We’re asking you to recognize Joe’s 1,468 days with a special donation during the holiday season. Whether it’s a penny a day, or more if you can afford it, please help us remember Joe’s struggle while we continue to find a cure. Donate Today
On September 30, 2009, Joe Restaino, a 2008 McCallie graduate, returned to the school he loved to deliver a chapel talk knowing there would be no cure for the osteosarcoma he’d been diagnosed with three years earlier. There, before students, faculty, his family and friends, he spoke eloquently about overcoming fear and being free.
Seated in the audience was my then 15-year old son John, who was about four weeks into his own McCallie experience. At the time, boarding school was all new to our family. We didn’t know then that our adventure at McCallie would span ten years, include all three of our boys, and bless us beyond measure. We didn’t know then the impact that Joe Restaino and his family would have on us.
Shortly after that chapel talk, I got a phone call from John. We were early enough in the experience that an unscheduled, daytime phone call certainly got my attention. When I answered, John spoke with a voice full of emotion telling me about listening to Joe’s talk and seeing the love of the community and all of Joe’s family and friends who had come to support him. It was at that moment, he said, that he could begin to truly grasp how special McCallie was. The words about facing fear gave him courage, he said, and confirmed for him that taking this risk and leaving home at such a young age was the right thing to do. I think for the first time in months, we all exhaled.
We never got the chance to know Joe. He passed away four months later in January of 2010. But for our family, his courageous chapel talk that fall is a treasured gift—a moment in time that inspired a young boy who went on to embrace his experience at McCallie and set an example for his younger brothers to do the same.
At the end of his life, Joe asked his family to work toward finding cures and improving treatment options for rare pediatric cancers. The Joedance Film Festival has been honoring his request for ten years and is going strong.
Today, I invite you to help us continue this life-saving work by making a small donation of $14.68 to honor the 1,468 days Joe fought his battle. Whether it’s a penny for each day, or more if you can, please help us remember Joe’s struggle while we continue to find a cure.
DONATE: You can donate to our 1,468 days campaign HERE
WATCH: You can watch Joe’s inspiring Chapel Talk HERE
Written by Kelly Crum, Joedance Board Member/ Secretary
We are greatly looking forward to the Joedance Premieres!
Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Details surrounding the event are as follows:
Location: Elmwood Cemetery Address: 700 W 6th St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Please follow direction parking signs upon entrance to the cemetery.
Elmwood Cemetery Map: http://bit.ly/2ZtaXgp Free Event Parking
*BRING your own picnic (food and beverages) and chairs- DOORS OPEN at 7pm screenings start at 7:30pm. *
ENJOY SCREENINGS OF:
Last Call at the Scarlet Moon, Co-Produced by Jerry Keys and Brad Hord
Black Dispatch, Directed by Shea Sizemore
Coventown, Directed by Mike Reda
The filmmakers will be on hand for Q & A | This event made possible by The Foundation For The Carolinas