If you’re going to jump, you might as well leap.
I saw my first show at age 9. I sat on the cafeteria floor mesmerized. It was the first spark among many that would alter the course of my life and – ultimately – change, transform and save lives.
Dear Loved Ones, Happy Holidays! ‘Connecting Charlotte’ @ LaCa Projects Gallery on this past November 18th was unreal. The sold-out house of 400-plus attendees were treated to an inspiring glimpse into what PFO has been up to this year, and the main event was beyond. The uber-talented Slam Committee advisors Hannah Hasan & Derrick Hines […]
Anything is possible, regardless of condition or circumstance.
I’m running around our backyard. The white picket fence surrounds beautifully maintained grass, and I can smell the flowers from the flower garden and see the vegetable garden that is taller than I am. I’m wearing my favorite purple sundress with ice cream cones embroidered on the front. When I put on my purple sundress with the ice cream cones on the front, I can do anything. It is my superhero cape, my magic wand, my go-to outfit. My blonde hair is cut right below my chin, and I have bangs straight across my forehead, courtesy of my Dad and his scissors.
I’m 6 years old, and I have a secret.
79 teens. 17 adults. 10 alumni core volunteers. 4 days. Infinite connections.
And that’s the PFO Annual Retreat in a nutshell! We like to say that PFO is ‘Camp meets Corporate America,’ and that spirit was definitely evident throughout our four days of dance parties, presentations, relay races, workshops, water gun fights, seminars and paint-splattered scavenger hunts.
Where is our summer going?! We just looked up, and somehow, we’re a month away from the Playing for Others Annual Retreat! There’s much to do, but first – check out what we got up to at Leadership Retreats in June! The PFO staff spent two amazing weeks by the lake with our Committee Co-Chairs, […]
The time has finally come and our PFO roots are firmly planted in the ground. Playing for Others has just moved into it’s first official office! After months of working from home, coffee shops, and restaurants, PFO staff members are all settling in quite nicely into the new routine of having a collective and creative […]
In PFO I have learned to step into exactly who I say I am. I have learned to not be afraid of claiming confidence and joy for myself. I deserve to be strong and unique. This conclusion has been made through countless PFO experiences where I have learned about comparisons, accepting or rejecting thoughts, self-care, […]
We are through the ’14-’15 PFO year and I wanted to share about my journey, what I’ve learned, and how PFO has impacted me. PFO has impacted me in so many different aspects of my life thus far. Not only has it given me a lot more friends throughout my journey, it has also provided […]
Hey Journey Group! PFO is moving at a super fast pace since my committee, Slam Poetry, is performing our pieces for our non-profits on November 6th, which is only a month away! For the past few committee meetings, we’ve been perfecting our poems, working through writer’s block, and getting our poems memorized. Yesterday, someone in […]
Today was a very exciting day for PFO, as well one of our long-standing non-profit honorees, Taylor’s Tale. Just before 8am, we suited up in all purple to join the starting line of the Thunder Road 5K in uptown. I walked tethered to an incredible adult, Pam, who wore a blind-fold in honor of Taylor […]
I spent months training and long hours planning for the Thunder Road Half Marathon last year. Running the 13.1-mile race blindfolded, tethered for most of the way to my friend Andrew Swistak, gained national attention for Taylor’s Tale and our fight against Batten disease, and it gave me the experience of a lifetime. When the dream ended, I said it could […]
Fearless. Giving. Empathetic. Kind. These are the characteristics of one Jen Band – Executive Director of Playing for Others (PFO). We’ve gotten to know Jen and PFO over the last few months. From that first cup of coffee we shared at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse in NoDa, we both knew that she was put into our lives for a reason. […]
Saturday was an amazing day at PFO. Absolutely insane. Chryssie Whitehead, a Broadway star, movie and TV actress, and comedian led all of the arts experiences, except visual art, in a dance workshop. I have never had so much confidence and self expression in my life. I learned that thoughts are poofs, and everyone will […]
Tomorrow night PFO is hosting the First Annual Connecting Charlotte at the Foundation for the Carolinas from 6:00-8:00pm. Connecting Charlotte brings together Charlotte’s non-profit community for an evening of celebration, connection and community building. At PFO we believe that when non-profits come together to support each other, we can deepen our social impact and as […]
“A meal is the whole experience of getting together and sharing with friends. It is more than Food” -Jinny Fleischman Thank you to all who came out and shared a special evening with PFO last Sunday. There is no better way to celebrate with old friends, or to meet new ones than by sharing a […]
PFO is lighting up the world with Gratitude! We have officially kicked off our Gratitude campaign! From November 1st to January 1st, PFO is making it a point to express gratitude to the people in our lives who make a difference. Whether it’s a co-worker, a mentor, a family member, or a local cashier, we […]