LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Burn event was a big success

Mar 31, 2011

I would like to thank everyone who was and is involved with the event:
The band — Brad Tripp, Bruce Bowditch, David Palmer (junior), Dave Taalman and 6-year-old Avery Jorgensen; recording engineer Lew Russ; Dave Darling, Erik Stoneburner and Tom Yonker for the camera work and music video production; Sherry Baribeau for photos; Nick Baldus for on-site director; Chris Baldus, John Baldus and Scott Perez for helping out parking cars; Ivan, Victoria, Ryan Perez and Ken Manglos for cooking the hot dogs; and J.P. VanderVeen, Cindy VanderVeen, Dave Schmidt and Mike Montgomery for helping out with everything from set up to tear down. Thanks also to everyone who stopped by and participated in the video; and our neighbors, the Grabmans and the Millards, for having trust in our local firefighters not to burn their houses down with ours.
My wife, Nancy, for putting up with the high stress level I continually bring to our lives and to the firefighters who risk their lives for ours. I am humbled by your courage and expertise.

Thank you to the Grand Haven Tribune for posting a video of the fire and the story about the Spread the Music on their website. It was picked up and played all over the country; from Washington, D.C., to California. I was interviewed for a radio program that will explain what the Spread the Music Foundation is about and play some of the song “Burn, Baby, Burn” on more than 300 stations. What a blast!

Thank you everyone! Together the Tri-Cities area is making a difference.

— Dave Palmer, director/Spread the Music Foundation

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