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December 18, 2012 > Holiday Jam for Cerebral Palsy

Holiday Jam for Cerebral Palsy

Submitted By Michael Dicus
Photos By TJ Sengel

Every year, UCP of NYC volunteers and donors make the holidays brighter for people with disabilities and their families. The annual Santa Project raises money for holiday gift cards and equipment for program participants. Last year, volunteers, fundraisers, and contributors helped the UCP of NYC Santa Project deliver a gift certificate to every child's family in their Children's Programs, bringing a little extra cheer to those in need.

Eon Coffee, Eec! Productions, The Community Presbyterian Church, and UCP of NYC are serving up two evenings of holiday cheer to inspire, revive, and delight holiday 'orphans', and to raise funds for children and adults with cerebral palsy and their families.

"Tiny Tim's Holiday Jam" is a Holiday Entertainment Treat that provides a space for people who don't have traditional families to celebrate the holiday with, while raising money for children living with disabilities. The event features NYC based Entertainer Mykel who grew up in Hayward.

Mykel, whose family still lives in Hayward, decided last year to make the annual holiday trek "home" a "cause" in addition to a family visit. He opened his heart to people in the area who may not have families to visit, or who didn't have the resources or ability to travel to make their own visits, gathered together a handful of other performers, and hosted a party in another local coffee house, where he gathered donations for the UCP of NYC. His friends and a few strangers, who soon became new friends, shared music, food, made their own holiday cheer, and raised $300 toward the UCP NYC cause.

This year, "Tiny Tim's Holiday Jam" will feature Mykel, a singer, musician, and 'flagger', who also has his own solo-performance piece about survival called 'Mykel's Kashmir Nirvana-Unplugged', and who recently 'survived' his own ordeals with hurricane Sandy. He will be joined by David Lawson, who became involved in Tiny Tim's Holiday Jam/UCP of NYC initially as a friend of a friend.

The event will include a host of raffle/auction items plus an hour of live holiday style entertainment that will feature a little stand up and storytelling from Mykel (last year held a reading from "The Grinch"), and special musical guests Marcie Gradwohl (vocals), David Lawson (guitar/vocals), Steve Glover (drums/vocals), and Mike Leon (bass/vocals). Audience participation is welcomed!

For more information or to make reservations, call (917) 532-7199 or visit

All net proceeds benefit people like the twins Amber and Haley, through United Cerebral Palsy of New York City.

Tiny Tim's Holiday Jam
Friday, Dec 21
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Eon Coffee
24970 Hesperian Blvd. (at Turner Ct.), Hayward
(917) 532-7199

Cost: $15 suggested donation ($10 with student ID)

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