An original recording of "Dear Friend" written and composed by Ben Boecker as a student at University of North Carolina for the Pauper Players Theater.  Ben was inspired by the work of the GJCAE, and the memory of Graham Johnson.   The benefit concert, with many other performers, donated proceeds to the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment. 

 

 
Here are the lyrics of Ben's song:
 

Dear friend,

Beyond the grave.

Are you at peace?

Or are you peacefully detained?

Are you happy where you are?

Or do you wish that you'd been saved?

And what should I do now?

I need an answer from you now.

 

I want to talk to you, like we used to.

I want to grasp your hand like before.

I want to laugh with you 'till we're happy but we can't anymore.

 

Dear friend,

Inside the earth.

If all life leads to dying, well then what is living worth?

And how can i continue with the smallest bit of mirth?

When I'm so far from you now?

What should I do now?

 

I want to talk with you like we used to.

I want to grasp your hand like before.

I want to laugh with you 'till we're happy but I can't anymore.

 

I hope that you will get back to me soon.

I'm struggling here to hold on to my head.

I hope you'll hear me and promptly respond.

I'm a mess, I'm distressed.

Signed with regret.

 

Dear smile, 

Burned in my mind,

Please don't forget to tell me what you find.

Is there an afterlife or heaven?

Is the god of judgement kind?

And what should I do now?

I need an answer from you now.

 

Life and all the world is for the living,

And if there's one thing that the spirits aren't forgiving,

It's wasting precious moments on regretting and reliving,

And so I will talk to you in a new way,

And so I will grasp your hand forever more,

We'll laugh 'till we're happy,

'Cause nothing's the same anymore.

 

And that's what I'll do now.

I have my answer from you now.

I know you'd want me to move on.

 

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HerbFest Petting Zoo Features Easter Rabbits & Care Instructions By Millennium Academy 

 

 

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    YouTube awarded The Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment a Non-Profit Partners Grant in 2010 to aid the mission and programming of the GJCAE.   The GJCAE Corporate Sponsorship Program extends those benefits to our sponsors.   Here are the benefits for your business or organization gained from supporting the GJCAE.

 

  1. 2-4 videos allowed on the GJCAE Partnership channel:  This special channel allows for linkage to sites other than YouTube, such as your own web site

  2. Annotations on the actual videos linking to url's of your web site, landing pages or other videos on Youtube or site such as Tubemogul.

  3. Permanent video ads on the adwords program - only on the non profit partners can one put in adwords type display, within the video, that come back to a call to action on your site

  4. Discounted Video production from our videographer - generally any 3 - 8 minute video will cost less than $175 to film

  5. Up to 2-4 videos tagged, categorized, annotated, on YouTube

  6. Embed code for you to put on your web site, Facebook page your videos - this is done so the potential customer stays on your site, rather than going to YouTube site to watch the video - increases response rate to call to action.

  7. Semi annual reposting of your videos to new audiences to increase visibility

  8. Keyword tagging of the video content so YouTube searchers can find and use your video

  9. Marketing help for SEO using video marketing as one of the tools.

 

 

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GJCAE Corporate Sponsorship Levels I & II Benefits


 

Corporate Sponsor : Level 1 - $10,000+ Annually

 

Name/logo will appear on all GJCAE  literature

Your company banner on display at event site for GJCAE Festivals

Name/logo will appear in all GJCAE advertisements in The Wake Weekly

10 X 10 Sponsor booth at all GJCAE festivals

Opportunity to giveaway two door prizes on WPTF radio during HerbFest advertising

Name/logo on GJCAE website for year

Four (4) Videos For Promotional Purposes, Posted, Annotated, Tagged, Re-categorized Semi Annually-

Videos Posted on GJCAE Non –Profit You Tube Account Allowing Unlimited URL Linking

Four (4) Adwords Pay Per Click Campaigns Hosted on The GJCAE Google Grant Account

 

 

Corporate Sponsor: Level 2 - $5,000 - $9,999 Annually

 

Name/logo will appear on all GJCAE Event literature including HerbFest

Your company banner on display at Event site for HerbFest

Name/logo will appear in all advertisements in The Wake Weekly

10 x 10 Sponsor booth at HerbFest

One door prize will be given away on WPTF radio Weekend Gardener from Level 2 Sponsor at HerbFest

Name/logo on website for year

Two (2) Videos For Promotional Purposes, Posted, Annotated, Tagged, Re-categorized Semi Annually-

Videos Posted on GJCAE Non –Profit You Tube Account Allowing Unlimited URL Linking

Two (2) Adwords Pay Per Click Campaigns Hosted on The GJCAE Google Grant Account  (Limit on Adwords Free Clicks To $1,000 for $5,000 to $7,500 donation, $1,500 for $7,501 to $9,999)

 

 

Gold Sponsor - $500 - $999.

 

Name/logo will appear on literature for HerbFest

Your company banner on display at event site at HerbFest

Name/logo will appear in HerbFest ads in The Wake Weekly

10 X 10 Sponsor booth at one HerbFest

 

Silver Sponsor- $250 - $499

Name/logo will appear in ad in Wake Weekly for HerbFest

Name/literature featured at the Sponsors’ table at HerbFest

 

Bronze Sponsor - $101 - $249

Name/literature at the Sponsor’s table at HerbFest

 

Friends of the GJCAE- $100.00

Name displayed at HerbFest

10% discount on plants at HerbFest

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GJCAE HerbFest Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

 


 

Grand Sponsor - $3,000+

 

Name/logo will appear on all HerbFest literature

Your company banner on display at event site for HerbFest

Name/logo will appear in all HerbFest advertisements in The Wake Weekly

10 X 10 Sponsor booth at HerbFest

Opportunity to giveaway two door prizes on WPTF radio during HerbFest advertising

Name/logo on GJCAE website for year

One Video For Promotional Purposes, Posted, Annotated, Tagged, Recategorized Once

 

Platinum Sponsor - $1,000 - $2,999.

 

Name/logo will appear on all event literature for HerbFest

Your company banner on display at event site for HerbFest

Name/logo will appear in all advertisements in The Wake Weekly

10 x 10 Sponsor booth at HerbFest

One door prize will be given away on WPTF radio from Platinum Sponsor at HerbFest

Name/logo on website for year

 

Gold Sponsor - $500 - $999.

 

Name/logo will appear on literature for HerbFest

Your company banner on display at event site at HerbFest

Name/logo will appear in HerbFest ads in The Wake Weekly

10 X 10 Sponsor booth at one HerbFest

 

Silver Sponsor- $250 - $499

Name/logo will appear in ad in Wake Weekly for HerbFest

Name/literature featured at the Sponsors’ table at HerbFest

 

Bronze Sponsor - $101 - $249

Name/literature at the Sponsor’s table at HerbFest

 

Friends of the GJCAE- $100.00

Name displayed at HerbFest

10% discount on plants at HerbFest

 

 

 

 

Annual Sponsorship Agreement

 

Please return this form by March 15, prior to HerbFest,  to:

 

GJCAE

P.O. Box 1289

Wake Forest, NC 27588


Send corporate logo via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Yes, our organization wants to help promote the arts and arts programming within our community. We would like to sponsor at the following level:

 

Grand___   Platinum___    Gold___   Silver___    Bronze___             Friend___

 

__Enclosed please find a check for $_________.

 

__Please bill me for $_____________________.

 

 

___Please add me to your email news list to update me on GJCAE sponsored programs and events within the community

 

Organization name__________________________________________________

 

Contact person______________________________________________________

 

Address___________________________________________________________

 

Phone number_______________________________________________________

 

Email address _______________________________________________________

 

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   Email sent to a UNC student, Ben,  from another UNC student, Austin, offering to help with the Pauper Players Cabaret production at UNC to benefit the GJCAE.   The Cooper family has always been very involved helping every event ever done by The GJCAE.  

 

 

Good afternoon Ben,

   My name is Austin Cooper and I feel sure that Bob has at least thrown my name into the mix throughout your email correspondence with him. I was very excited when he notified me that a group on campus wanted to work with The Graham Johnson Cultural Art Endowment. Graham and I were classmates and friends and I have been involved with the GJCAE since its creation about 5 years ago. As both a volunteer and as a student I have gained invaluably from the work the Endowment has done. While in high school, they brought several writers, musicians, artists, and performers to my campus each semester to enhance the education of all of the students. These experiences were incredibly educational and enjoyable for all of the student.

   Needless to say, I think that any relationship you can forge with the Endowment will be worthwhile and appreciated.

   Further, I would love to meet you and talk more about what it is the Pauper Players are planning to do. I live on campus, I am also an employee at the Union with Production Services, and I have several years experience with the GJCAE so I would love to help in anyway I can.

   I look forward to meeting you in person and talking more.

Thank You,

-Austin Cooper
UNC Sophomore

 

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 The motivational message and motto of The Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment is "Life Is For The Living".  This video explains how that became our inspirational message. 

 

 

 

 

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      Free Trial of Tens Unit To Evaluate If Helps You  - No Risk or Obligation 

      The Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment is happy to announce a new partnership program with MedFaxx, Inc.   MedFaxx is one of the oldest electrotherapy companies in the U.S.   Specializing in pain management using electrotherapy devices such as tens units, and the new combination tens and interferential therapy unit, - .    MedFaxx has specialized in helping patients in chronic pain since 1977 and continues to do so.

    

      For every tens unit, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator, sold MedFaxx will contribute $50 to the GJCAE.  For every Infrex Plus combination tens and interferential unit sold MedFaxx will donate $100 to the GJCAE.   The donation does not apply to Medicare/Medicaid patients.

      The Board of the GJCAE is very appreciative of MedFaxx contributing to our causes.  The money will be used to sponsor additional community programming such as Critter Cube - Video here.

       Enjoy this video on how to use a tens unit.  For a free trial you can sign up below the video on this page and we will contact you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Home | Personal Development | Positive Attitude

Your Reaction Is What Counts, Not The Event

 
 

 

I remember many decades ago always waiting for the Reader's Digest to arrive at our house. My Dad chose it as his only magazine subscription and I enjoyed it since many of the stories were short, to the point and the other pages were packed with snippets of interesting trivia. At age 12 the attention span is short!

I mostly enjoyed the short inspirational stories about real life situations. Here is one small snippet that I want to share.

The story is about a granddaughter taking her grandfather out for the day once she had received her driver's license. She had planned the day well, loaded with things her Grandfather would enjoy, and was on time to pick him up for the day's adventures.

They were riding together, she driving, and came to an intersection. She stopped, looked both ways and proceeded to go through the intersection, however an approaching car did not. The driver of the oncoming car failed to slow down, proceeded through the intersection without stopping and almost hit the young lady and her Grandfather.

The granddaughter was extremely shaken, pulled off the road and proceeded to rant and rave about how close they had come to an accident and how dangerous and irresponsible the other driver had been. She looked at her Grandfather and exclaimed, " He has ruined our day".

The Grandfather looked at her, knowing she was upset, and said, " No he did not ruin our day, all he did was run through a stop sign. It will be our reaction to him running the stop sign that determines how our day goes."

The event was caused by an unknown person, the reaction was what determined the following events of the day.

Having grown up for some years with my Grandparents with a Grandfather who could neither read or write, it struck me how much wisdom was in the statements made in this Reader's Digest article. It struck a chord many moons ago and continues to this day.

We lost a son, age 15, to suicide which was completely unforeseen and unexpected. It was very surprising since I had spent my military career as a "psychiatric technician" as well as being a local volunteer in my teens to our state mental hospital. I had quite extensive training in working with psychiatric patients and my best results and efforts happened to be with those who were diagnosed with some form of depression. Our son gave absolutely no signs of depression, did not use drugs, did not drink and was a happy individual.

Many people tried to comfort our family and did very well but our family knew there was one true way to react to this tragedy. That way to react was to take the event and make it positive. We started the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment, not to mourn the dead, but to celebrate the living.

The Reader's Digest article, taken to heart, helped pave the way. It's not the event, it's the reaction to it.

Article Source: http://www.bizymoms.com/expert-advice

 

The Johnson family started and continue to work and support www.gjcae.org

 

 

 

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When you support the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment, you're saying "yes" to the power of art and culture in our community. Through high-quality annual festivals that celebrate culture and diversity and high quality arts programming in schools and the community, GJCAE helps to create and sustain a vibrant cultural environment and enhanced quality of life.

And, with the support of donors like you, GJCAE can deliver these programs free or at little cost keeping art accessible to all members of our community.   

Ways to Give:
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Mail: GJCAE P.O. Box 1289 Wake Forest, NC 27588

Thank you! We promise to honor your gift by keeping your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address confidential. GJCAE does not sell, rent or trade our mailing list.

The Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that qualifies under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to GJCAE are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by current IRS regulations.

Your support is appreciated!

 

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