Martha’s Vineyard Summer Soul is coming to the Island on Sunday, August 12. The event is the inspiration of Sharon-Francis Moore a seasonal resident of Vineyard Haven. After several friends were diagnosed with cancer, Ms. Moore decided to create a summer fundraiser to give back to four organizations instrumental in providing care for cancer patients. The organizations are Angel Flight Northeast, the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group, Project Renewal and Look Good Feel Better.
Angel Flight Northeast arranges free flights to individuals in need of access to medical care. Since 1996 Angel Flight Northeast has scheduled more than 45,000 flights. Their volunteer pilots have flown over nine million miles providing nearly 60,000 patients and their families free air transportation to medical care.
The Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group provides temporary and emergency financial assistance for related healthcare needs to cancer patients who reside on Martha’s Vineyard. Funds are used primarily for food, childcare and travel expenses to and from treatment and other expenses not covered by insurance.
Project Renewal’s scan van is a mobile mammography bus that provides mammography and clinical breast exams to women in New York city. The organization targets the working poor and underserved women who are uninsured or under-insured.
Look Good Feel Better is run by the American Cancer Society and provides support and beauty sessions to individuals dealing with cancer.
The fundraiser consists of a daylong series of events beginning with a free beach yoga session led by Martha Abbot at 7 a.m. at Inkwell beach in Oak Bluffs. This is followed by a free beach cardio workout at 8 a.m., also at the Inkwell beach.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. there is a Summer Soul Brunch at Dreamland in Oak Bluffs. Tickets are $75 and all proceeds go to the above named organizations. The master of ceremonies for the brunch is Stephen G. Hill, president of music programming and specials for BET Networks. There will also be a food demonstration by Chef Huda.
From 1 to 6 p.m. at Union Chapel there will be a Summer Soul Fair featuring local artisan vendors. This event is free and a portion of all sales will go to the above organizations.
For more information, visit summersoulmv.com.