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Not our usual post, and I know it’s a bit long, but please read.

”About a year ago, I visited the the Crisis Nursery on Genesee Park Boulevard.

Run by the The Center for Youth, the Crisis Nursery offers free, temporary child care for parents who have no other safe place to leave their babies or young children during a crisis. Open 24/7, the nursery has been a refuge for little kids whose parents are dealing with unexpected emergencies, mental health problems, domestic violence, homelessness and other issues. Every year, more that 1,000 kids are welcomed here.

I held a young baby in my arms, a baby whose mother truly was in crisis….and I was profoundly moved….and knew then that this was place worth telling people about…and fighting for.

The Crisis Nursery and Owen’s House, a second location in the Beechwood neighborhood, keeps these kids safe, healthy, happy and removed from chaos and trauma. They are clearly loved by the staff and volunteers, who also help parents find permanent solutions to their crises.

It is such a warm and compassionate place that I left feeling the desire to support is good work. I decided to do that through music, with the help of Abilene Bar and Lounge's loyal customers—definitely a warm and compassionate bunch. So, here’s how this ongoing fundraiser is going to work:

1) Join! Become a member of “Project 153.” There will be three annual membership levels…and minus the small PayPal processing fee, your entire, tax-deductible contribution will directly support the Crisis Nurseries.

2) Reap the benefits of Project 153 membership. Twice a year Abilene will be hosting intimate shows featuring national acts . All levels of membership will include free and exclusive access to these events. There’ll also be the opportunity to meet and greet the musicians, receive commemorative Abilene merchandise and more.

Simple, right?! But it will make a big difference for so, so many young people in our town.

Here’s a link to see more details and to donate.. http://centerforyouth.net/project-153/

Okay, you’ve heard my spiel….Now I’d like to invite you to a super casual kick-off Happy Hour next Thursday, June 13, 5:30pm at Abilene Bar and Lounge. There will be drinks, some food, music by the Charlie Mitchell Group…and an opportunity to find out more info about Project 153…and at that time we’ll announce the first exclusive show we’ll be hosting. I hope to see you all at 153 Liberty Pole Way.”

~Danny Deutsch, owner, Abilene Bar & Lounge