This week, the Challenge America team travelled to Cleveland to meet with our good friends at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Foremost on the agenda were our plans for hosting the very first Challenge America Music Therapy Retreat in Northern Ohio, from October 19-22, 2017. While the majority of our therapy will occur some 45 miles away, at the beautiful Lodge at Geneva on the Lake, The Hall of Fame will host our final event: a private concert of veteran music for family and friends in the amazing Foster Theater. During this event, veterans and songwriters will take the stage to share their creations. Challenge America could not be more fortunate to have such a generous and supportive partner than The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
This trip also gave us an opportunity to reconnect with our good friends at North East Ohio Patriots (NEOPAT). This week marked the return of their annual benefit Golf Outing at the beautiful Sand Ridge Golf Club in Chardon. Roughly 100 supporters were in attendance for a day of golf, set against the picturesque Ohio countryside. Executive Director, Jack Newman, and the entire NEOPAT organization has welcomed us into Ohio with open arms, offering to partner with us in our efforts to introduce our music therapy program to Cleveland-area veterans who struggle with post-traumatic stress. We feel so fortunate to have found such a warm-hearted and professional organization with whom to collaborate on this project.