February 21, 2019

“Are those the canvases?! They’re huge!” Is there anything more intimidating than a large blank canvas for emerging artists? How will you fill all that space? How many weeks do we have? It can be a daunting task. Especially for those who’ve never picked up a paint brush before.   Yet, there we all were […]

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Behind the Scenes: HeARTbeat Dance

February 20, 2019

Can you feel my HeARTbeat? Oh yeah! Currently, I’m sitting in a public library with papers spread out all around me. Notes from discussions, lists of movement orders, tiny stage diagrams with dots signifying dancers, bits of colorful paper organizing important words and thoughts. My laptop is open to a google folder containing video clips. […]

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Behind the Scenes: Fashion Experience

February 19, 2019

Stitching Ideas Together The past three weeks of rehearsals for PFO’s Fashion Experience guided our teens and advisors in some beautiful experimental learning and creating. During the first week, we connected as a team and huddled into a concept exercise designed by Advisor Shawn. We studied photos from Digital Art’s Zip Code Project (the teens […]

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Behind the Scenes: the PFO Original Musical

Faith, Focus, and Flexibility Working on an original musical is a test of one’s ability to have faith, stay focused, and be flexible. Normally when working on a musical, you get the script and music, have music rehearsals, block the show, learn the choreography, rehearse, and put it all together. For the most part, it’s […]

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A Senior Reflection on PFO – Logan

April 23, 2018

I always seem to find myself in awe of this organization, its members and its impact; and I am filled with a deep sense of gratitude that I will never be fully able to express. Each experience I’ve had in PFO has impacted and changed me but I think what has changed me most have […]

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Live like a giant –

November 12, 2015

Live like a giant – It’s in between meetings two Saturdays ago, and teens are eating lunch…I’m walking around chatting, and I hear something…I’m thinking someone has a radio on somewhere or is listening to an iPod. But when I listen a little more closely, I’m surprised at their music choice. It’s kind of jazzy-rhythmic-chanting-pop-soulful […]

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A Note from our Co-Presidents

April 16, 2015

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, […]

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Teen Perspective

April 15, 2015

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 […]

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Teen Perspective: “Even if my best is not “perfect”, it is still my best.”

December 3, 2014

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 […]

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Thunder Road 2014: The Magic and the Wonder

November 16, 2014

  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 […]

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November 14, 2014

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. […]

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Teen Perspective: Movement Workshop with Chryssie Whitehead

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 […]

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Connecting Charlotte is Tomorrow!

November 5, 2014

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 […]

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Cafe Monte Gratitude Dinner!

November 4, 2014

“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 […]

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We’ve Launched Our Gratitude Campaign!

November 1, 2014

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 […]

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Festival In The Park and First Committee Meeting

October 6, 2014

Hey Journey Group!! Hope you all are doing well, I know that I am! I just wanted to tell you all a little bit about our second buddy event, which was at Festival in the Park. Louisa and I met up with Yasmin, our buddy, and started to walk around the park to each stand, […]

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PFO Blog – Sept. 2, 2014

September 2, 2014

The 1415 PFO season has begun and we couldn’t be more excited. In August we kicked off our season with our Annual Retreat.

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