Greetings, and thank you so much for your interest in Danville Foodstock. Unfortunately, I have the sad duty of informing you that Danville Foodstock has been shut down. After three years of serving the greater Danville community, it’s time for me to move on. Literally.
You see, I recently separated from my wife of two years, and have left Danville. As there was no one willing to accept the responsibility of running the day to day operations, as well as the fundraising, there just wasn’t any way to keep the organization going.
I would like to thank the many sponsoring business for their support of our projects. Whether they donated to our monthly free dinners, or to our fundraising concerts, we could not have accomplished nearly as much without their help. Likewise, our many volunteers made it possible to raise tens of thousands of dollars for the Danville Area Food Pantry, and to provide more than 5000 free meals to those in need. I am extremely proud of all of you, and thank you from the bottom of my heart.
While Danville Foodstock is no more, the need continues. Should you care to assist those in need, the Danville Area Food Pantry gratefully accepts food and monetary donations. Please contact Chuck Brooks, director of the pantry, for assistance.
Like many, I have extremely fond memories of our work. We mounted six benefit concerts, and offered 24 monthly free dinners. In so doing, we provided food – and hope! – for thousands of Danville residents in need. We also set an outstanding example of commitment to our community and encouraged more than a dozen organizations to become more involved in the support of those with the greatest need.
To me, Danville Foodstock “walked the talk” about servant-leadership by living by the core philosophies every day. I thank all who participated, donated, and helped encourage others to do the same. You are truly servants to your community, and I hope that you enjoyed as much fulfillment from your work as did I.
Finally, let me say that this is, by far, not the last project I will undertake. As I have written (and said) many times, I firmly believe that we find our greatest fulfillment in the service of others. I also believe that Robert Greenleaf was correct when he advised us to serve “the least among us” in our efforts to create a better world. Last year, I helped found Low Notes For Nashville to assist fellow musicians after the devastating Nashville flood. This year, I will be working closely with Ryan Pelton (the world’s foremost Elvis Tribute Artist) to build houses for homeless veterans. I also continue to serve on the board of the Spears Center for Servant-Leadership, working closely with founder Larry Spears, who has long mentored me in servant-leadership.
Again, thank you very much for your interest in Danville Foodstock. I hope that you will strongly consider donating to the Danville Area Food Pantry in our stead.
With sincere gratitude,