JB's message on Hannah's Buddies Event

Hannah Elliott and John Bell

A message from John Bell reprinted from the WSP Newsletter:

Hello Buddies,

As most of you know, the 8th annual Hannah’s Buddies charity event is set for Saturday, January 20th of 2007, in Orlando . Yea! As in the recent past, we’ll have the golf event (scramble format) at the Hyatt Grand Cypress Resort, followed by a silent auction and musical extravaganza at the House of Blues that same evening. Performing this year will be the irresistible “Nickle,” Sam Holt and John Bell (me), Outformation, and Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit. Yea!

Among the items to be auctioned this year are guitars signed by Widespread Panic, Warren Haynes, and Dave Mathews; Front row seats to the Special Surprise Panic shows this Spring; a guided fishing trip in Alaska , along with lots of other cool items generously sent in by you, the Buddies.

In order to present your donations properly at auction time, we ask you to include a description, monetary value, and suggested initial bidding price of the items you send to us. The sooner we receive your auction items (at the address below), the more successful the process will be on the day of the event; day-of-show arrivals tend not to get the attention they deserve. To make the process even more hassle free, House of Blues will provide shipping for the auction winners and their loot.

On a serious, but positive note, the Champion of this charity event, Hannah Elliott, has returned home and is mending well after successful spinal fusion surgery to treat scoliosis - an unfortunate part of the Spinal Muscular Atrophy package. Hannah and her Family have been incredible examples of strength and grace since forever. Your participation and support of Hannah’s Buddies year after year has been a wonderful presence in their ongoing fight against SMA; In return, the Eliotts and other Families in similar situations have been a powerful presence in all our lives as well. Hannah has been back to school a handful of times since the surgery, and I’m sure she’ll be in Orlando on the big day to party with everyone. Everyday is a big day. If anyone would like to send Hannah a note of Love and support, that would be downright neighborly!

Your Buddy, JB

The 8th Annual Hannah's Buddies Charity Classic and John Bell and Friends Benefit Bash are set for January 20, 2007 in Orlando.
The golf tournament returns to the Grand Cypress Resort and then it is off to a dinner and silent auction at the House of Blues for the golfers and their guests. The JB and Friends bash at the House of Blues is open to the public and begins at 8:00 p.m. The lineup for the HOB is set. John Bell will be joined by Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit, Outformation and Michael Nichol.

For complete information visit the Fight SMA website