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October 5, 2014 was a special night for our active duty, veterans, and first responder heroes at the historic National Theater in Richmond, Virginia. Before a standing room only crowd Ian Anderson honored our veterans, first responders, and to raised awareness of the global threat from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Opening with a performance by the VMI band including Ian himself join them in their rendition of “Moondance” the show got off to a high energy start. Overall it was a great success with all proceeds going to support programs helping our heroes and responding to the threat from IEDs. Continue on for more details, videos, and images of this great event honoring our heroes.
Virginia’s Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam arrived early for a pre-show “meet and greet” between Ian Anderson and the veterans, police and fire fighters honored at the event.
Over 84% of all Servicemember injuries and deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq were due to IEDs. No other weapon in U.S. Military history caused more casualties. An average of 500 IED events occur each month worldwide - and those exclude Afghanistan and Iraq. Where IEDs are used in populated areas, over 91% of the victims are civilians. In the U.S. IED use by juveniles in connection with school violence is on the rise placing first responders at particular risk.
Even if you were unable to attend, you can still help support our brave veterans and programs to stop the violence by making a tax deductible contribution HERE.
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Our special edition concert T-Shirts are silk-screened onto high quality shirts using a seven color layer process to capture the true vibrancy and color of the original concert poster.
Cast in brass with enamel inlay, only 100 of these coins were produced. On the from is the Global Campaign Against IEDs logo and on the back the enamel image of Ian Anderson against the backdrop of the American flag as seen on the concert poster.
These are extremely rare Ian Anderson (Jehtro Tull) giclee prints of the poster form his Helping the Heroes Concert in Richmond, Virginia on October 5, 2014.
Only 150 of these were made and a number of them were sold at the concert.
Each Giclee is 17" x 22" and individually signed and numbered.
Each is hand signed by Ian Anderson in person and come with a certificate of authenticity. The number in the images here were removed to prevent copying.
THESE ARE ORIGINAL SIGNATURES and not reproductions are copies. The number the seller will receive is on a "first come - first serve basis"
These Giclee prints are much more than a standard concert poster. They are limited edition works of art. The flag background was donated for the poster by the renowned artist Jos Biviano. All are printer on high quality Museo Silver Rag Giclee paper with museum quality pigment ink.
A giclee print is a digital inkjet print. It is made using a combination of pigmented inks and archival substrates (paper/canvas).
The inkjet printer literally blends the colored inks as it prints to produce seamless, highly detailed prints of stunning color and detail.
A giclee should not fade for a minimum of eighty years!
For the Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull fan this is "the rarest of the rare" and a chance to own not only an authentic autograph, but a piece of art.
100% of all proceeds go to charity
The concert raised funds for Partners International Foundation and its Global Campaign against Improvised Explosive Devices including support to wounded veterans and other IED victims. Legendary progressive rock musician Ian Anderson, together with his band, performed a selection of Jethro Tulls’ greatest hits. Special guests included honored veterans and performances by the Virginia Military Institute Commanders. View Ian’s personal message in the video just below.
For a truly singular experience, join us at Max’s Positive Vibe Café, Richmond, Virginia on the evening of October 4th for a Dinner in the Dark to raise awareness of vision-related injuries our veterans and other IED survivors face every day. Try state-of-the art night vision and get your photo taken “in the dark” !
Dining in the Dark is a unique sensory deprivation experience that gives guests a first-hand glimpse into the lives of the over 198,000 vision impaired veterans. Chef Gary Cotton and the staff of the Positive Vibe Café are helping create a one-of-a kind experience and a culinary encounter of heightened senses. During dinner, guests are challenged to navigate a meal without sight. Experience State of the Art Night Vision Equipment and learn how this technology can benefit our those with vision impairments. This is an experience you will never forget. To attend either use the form provided in the pull-down box at the link below or, to order tickets to multiple both the dinner and other events use the pre-registration form below.
During the dinner, guests are deprived of all vision an immersed in “blacked out world” creating an environment where eyes cannot adjust for nearly 30 minutes during the entrée portion of the meal. The blindfolds given to each guest will ensure their vision does not adjust to hamper the experience.
Food and wine for the meal is specially selected for its flavor and aroma to enhance the unique sensory awareness experience.
Servers trained especially for the dinner deliver the food and help guests navigate the meal in their personal pitch blackness. They also serve as sighted guides as they would for any blind person should guest need to move or require other assistance during the meal. This begins with guiding guests to their seats and continues throughout the meal to include any requirement for guests to leave for the restrooms or other reasons during the dinner.
Vision impaired speakers and guests participating in the event share their own stories and experiences of living with low to no vision. Light is only restored after dessert so guests’ eyes can adjust prior to departing.
Experience State of the Art Night Vision Equipment and learn how this technology can benefit our those with vision impairments.
6:00 pm - Opening Reception & Cocktails (cash bar, hors d'oeuvres included)*
6:45 pm - Seating
7:00 pm - Dinner in the Dark
Cost for this complete experience is only $100 per couple.
Chef Whitecotton and the students at the Positive Vibe Café are creating a memorable culinary experience equal to the finest dining available.
Butternut Squash Soup with Duck Bacon
Roast Bison with Barley Risotto, Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts,
Apples and Shallot Au Jus
Gulf Shrimp & Grits with BBQ Shrimp, Pimento Cheese Grits and
White Chocolate and Pecan Bread Pudding with a
Whiskey Hard Sauce and Praline Bacon
Selected Red and White Wines available for $5/glass or $15/3 glass carafe*
*Due to Virginia ABC laws, all alcohol must be purchased at the event from the Positive Vibe Café
* Vegetarian Meal Available upon request
The location is as unique as the event. So much more than “just another restaurant”, Positive Vibe Cafe provides training in the food service industry for people with disabilities and helps our graduates obtain employment. Operated by The Positive Vibe Foundation, the Café is an evolving model for training and employing people with disabilities in order that they enjoy the satisfactions of being gainfully employed and fully contributing members of our community. This focus will allow their confidence to self- actualize through the development of their diverse talents. One goal of our efforts is to enroll wounded veterans into the Positive Vibe Café’s training program so they can pursue careers in the restaurant, food service, and hospitality industry. The Positive Vibe Café is located in the Stratford Hills Shopping Center, 2825 Hathaway Road, Richmond, VA 23225.
Chef Gary Whitecotton was the Executive Chef at the Country Club of Virginia from 2006 to 2014 and now enjoys teaching aspiring chefs. Chef Whitecotton previously worked for several other private clubs in the Richmond area, including the Dominion Club, Hanover Country Club, Richmond Country Club, and Hermitage Country Club.
Raised in Hanover County, Chef Whitecotton was exposed from a very early age to the culinary arts through preparing food for his expansive family. Together with his grandparents, he maintained a vegetable garden, plus raised hogs and chickens from which they made their own sausage and cured their own ham. They were beekeepers and made their own honey. From their additional property in King William County, that bordered the Pamunkey and Mattaponi Rivers, Chef Whitecotton found his love for fishing.
Chef Whitecotton is also an active member of the American Culinary Federation and achieved his ACF Certified Executive Chef designation in 2008. In 2010 he was named ACF Virginia Host Chef of the Year. In 2008, Chef Whitecotton traveled to Erfurt, Germany, to represent the ACF Team United States in the IKA Culinary Olympics, where he was awarded a bronze medal. Chef Whitecotton is also extremely committed to the development of young culinarians and can often be found mentoring local and regional juniors.
Thanks to the support of Dream Essential, guests have the opportunity to purchase their commemorative masks from the event an additional $10.00 - significantly below their retail price. These Dreamlight travel sleep masks have a large cavity area, so the eyes don't touch the fabric. This means you stare into inky blackness when you put this mask on. It has a fully adjustable Velcro strap sure to fit most sizes of head, fabric is lightweight and breathable, perfect for sleeping anywhere.
Major sponsors and special guests had the opportunity to mingle and enjoy barbeque at a special VIP reception inside the National Theater catered by Richmond’s Own The Halligan Bar and Grill.
Special guests include a performance by the Virginia Military Institute Commanders with war blinded veteran Steve Baskis. Other Special guest include Lt. Gov. of Virginia, Ralph Northam, Army veteran and artist Brian Rock, and others.
The VMI "Commanders" were first formed in 1917, and since then they have provided music for dances and social events at VMI and throughout Virginia. The big band, styled after Glenn Miller's Band from the 1940s swing era, consists of 17 cadets and a vocalist. Most recently the band has played in Paris, France [March 2006], at the U.S. Ambassador's residence and at the Ecole Polytechnique.
Virginia Lt. Governor Ralph Northam is confirmed to attend to honor our veterans, first responders and IED survivors. Coordination is on-going with the Office of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor for requested attendance by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and other key leaders. Similar coordination is planned to engage Members of Congress and other VIP for participation from the public and private sectors.
Steve Baskis is a United States Army veteran who lost 100% of his sight to an IED in Iraq. On the same mission Steve’s best friend was killed sitting next to him. Since his injury, Steve has been an inspiration to by climbing peaks such as Mount Kilimanjaro, participating in ironman competitions, and other activities. Steve is currently training for the 2018 Paralympics and hopes to compete in the biathlon. Your support and donations will help us provide equipment and other support Steve needs to realize his Olympic dream.
Prior to losing his sight in combat, Steve was an avid drummer, and is currently practicing an arrangement to play with the VMI Commanders at the concert.
Brian was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2006 where he suffered a severe penetrating head injury. The blast caused severe TBI and cortical blindness as well as other complex visual impairments, PTSD, hearing loss, pulmonary embolism, seizure and REM sleep disorders. In 2007 Brian moved to the Richmond where he spent the next six years in treatment and rehabilitation at the Veterans Administration Poly Trauma Medical Center. Brian lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife and Family. Although he cannot work, Brian continues to support his country and fellow soldiers by donating the bulk of his time advocating for wounded war Veterans and volunteering for charitable Guide Dog Foundation and VA TBI organizations and families of the wounded to include serving on the board of the Virginia Brain Injury Association.
First Sergeant Daniel L. Wallace (U.S. Army, Retired) enlisted in the Army as an infantryman and attended one stop training to include basic airborne school at Ft. Benning Georgia in 1985. He was severely wounded by a suicide car bomb attack in Tel Al Far Iraq on Dec 9th 2003. Among his injuries he lost all but 10% of his vision and required multiple surgeries before he was medially retired in Dec 2005 with over 20 years of service. First Sergeant Wallace (ret) currently devotes a majority of his time as a peer mentor to his fellow wounded veterans.
First Sergeant (ret) Wallace's assignments include tours with 2-325th AIR, Ft. Bragg, NC; 1-508th Ft. Kobbe, Panama; 5th RTB Dahlonega, GA: 1-508th Ft. Kobbe, Panama; 6th RTB Elgin AFB, FL; 1-502th Ft. Campbell, KY; ROTC instructor Montana State University Bozeman, MT; 1-187th Ft. Campbell, KY. 1SG (ret) Wallace's has deployed twice to the Sinai (MFO duty), twice to Honduras, and once to Iraq (OIF I). He’s served as a Rifleman, RTO, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Ranger Instructor, Platoon Sergeant, Company Executive Officer, ROTC Instructor, and Company First Sergeant.
Brian Rock will be our guest artist with a selection of his paintings on display at the concert and available for sale with all proceeds going to our charitable efforts.Brian Rock will be our guest artist, displaying a selection of his works. Brian served in the US Army from 2001-2013 taking part in Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Joint Guardian as part of the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division. He left the Army after achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant (E6) and has been painting ever since as therapy to deal with his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Brian uses mixed media in his Abstract Expressionist work that incorporates his memories of growing up in Belfast, Northern Ireland with his military experiences in order to " bring the images from the inside into the present". Brian’s work is featured on the Global Campaign against IEDs music video of Ian Anderson’s Wootten Basset Town from his Thick as a Brick 2 album.
Before and during the show, guests will have the opportunity to experience art created by veterans who are using art therapy to recover from visible and invisible wounds of war. This moving experience offers profound insight into and an appreciation of our military and their experiences defending our country under the most arduous conditions.
The art will be for sale, with the proceeds going to help these brave men and women as they recover from the experiences of war.
Brian Rock will be our guest artist with a selection of his paintings on display at the concert and available for sale with all proceeds going to our charitable efforts. Brian served in the US Army from 2001-2013 taking part in Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Joint Guardian as part of the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division. He left the Army after achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant (E6) and has been painting ever since as therapy to deal with his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Brian uses mixed media in his Abstract Expressionist work that incorporates his memories of growing up in Belfast, Northern Ireland with his military experiences in order to " bring the images from the inside into the present".
Brian has shown his work in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington D.C. Miami, Pasadena , Baltimore and in states that include Kansas, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is currently working with the US Museum of the Army and numerous Veterans organizations. Brian’s military awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, 5 Army Commendation Medals, 3 Army Achievement Medals, NATO Medal, German Armed Forces Award and overseas ribbons.
Brian’s work is featured on the Global Campaign against IEDs music video of Ian Anderson’s Wootten Basset Town from his Thick as a Brick 2 album.
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The following Sponsors donated above the silver level threshold to support our heroes
Robert Kane is a combat veteran, Army Ranger, and former battalion surgeon for the 2d Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry Regiment having reached the rank of major.
GEN McChrystal is a combat veteran, Army Ranger, and former commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment and Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) among numerous other assignments. GEN McChrystal is graciously donating an autographed copy of his book My Share of the Task: A Memoir to or our silent auction.
Partners International Foundation is a 501(c)(3) pubic charity. Both Partners International and the Global Campaign against Improvised Explosive Devices are 100% all volunteer with no paid staff or employees.