September is SU2C month 2016 in Second Life

2016-logoThursday, September 1st marks the start of the 2016 Second Life Concerts to Benefit Stand Up 2 Cancer (SU2C).

Building on the success of the 2014 and 2015 seasons, this year sees Second Life Concerts to Benefit SU2C running throughout September, featuring 40 venues and over 160 performers giving concerts and holding events across the next 30 days to raise money for the international Stand Up 2 Cancer campaign.

Led by Still Braveheart, SL Concerts to Benefit SU2C is now an established part of the Second Life calendar, presenting people with the opportunity to attend events in-world, enjoy great concerts and music, donate to SU2C through donation boards, or if they prefer, follow links to donate directly to SU2C activities in their preferred country – Canada, the UK or the USA. In addition, people can also donate through the Second Life UK or US team pages for SU2C.

Venues involved in this year’s season include:

1st Chapter Plaza, Acoustic Cave, Ashley’s Oasis, Bonaventure Square, Caitinara Bar, The Galleria of Fashion,  Bound Elegance, Breakers, BS’s, Café Musique, Chain of Love, Coffee House and Fireside Chat, Coffee’s Live Music Venue, Chicago’s New Place II, Ce Soir Tonight,  Free Spirit Farms,  Gspot Club, Kultivate Magazine, Lil Reds, Lovekats, Mi Casa, Su Casa, MPW Church and Music Venue, Moonshine & Roses,  Party Beach Scheveningen, Place of Grace, Quinn’s Place, RMS Titanic, Smokin’ Aces, Spin Club, Solarwinds Music Live Club, Stargazer Café, The Dirty Grind, The Hollywood Ballroom, and Theatre, Lemonrock Café, The Only Venue, and Tricksters Sounds.

Given this is a month-long season, providing the entire schedule here is impractical – so instead, please refer to Still’s own blog for the daily list, or check the SU2C SL Google calendar, or visit BS’s in-world for updates, where you can also find the SL Concerts to Benefit SU2C auction boards, and bid on the time of one of SL’s top entertainers.

The concert stage at BS's - Still's own venue in Second Life
The concert stage at BS’s – Still’s own venue in Second Life, where you can find out more and participate in this year’s auction

About Stand Up 2 Cancer

SU2C takes an innovative  approach to ending cancer by focusing on forming “dream teams” of doctors and researchers who are directly involved in leading-edge cancer research and treatment, and then undertaking aggressive research programmes. 100% of all donations made through SU2C goes directly into funding cancer research and treatment and paying for these teams; none is lost to “administrative costs” or put aside for CEO or executive salaries, etc.

Such is the success of this approach that as of 2014, and in the USA alone, SU2C has raised over $261 million in seven years. This money has all be used in directly supporting 141 clinical trials of possible cancer treatments, involving 750 scientists and 5,000 cancer patients, and which have spanned 112 US institutions.

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SU2C raises over L$3 million in Second Life

logo-2From September 12th through September 27th 2015, live performers, DJs, entertainers and venues from across Second Life came together for two weeks of music and entertainment to raise money for Stand Up 2 Cancer’s world-wide activities in funding practical cancer research and treatment.

Organised by the incredible Still Braveheart, Stand Up 2 Cancer in Second Life 2015 brought together over 150 entertainers across more than forty venues during the two weeks of the event, and the total amount raised in-world has now been tabulated – and it is impressive:

L$3,040,393

That’s around US $11,784.47. As per SU2C in Second Life’s stated aim, the money raised will be divided equally between SU2C’s work in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“I watched so many of you put aside everything to come together and make this so successful,” Still states in her blog.

“We did something this year that no one else has done before (at least to my knowledge)….we said global and we did global As Stand Up To Cancer grows so will we.  Many that have refused to do other things came out and worked with us on this. Commenting on the two weeks to me, she added, “thank you to each and everyone that came out to an event, for together we truly made a difference.”

Stand up 2 Cancer 2015; Siobhan Muintir, September 2015, on Flickr Myst and Mew with Paris Cloyd at the Lemonrock Cafe for SU2C in SL – photo by Siobhan Muintir

In addition to being able to make donations in-world, those in the USA and UK also had the option to donate directly to SU2C’s work in those countries to the SU2C in SL Team Pages – and these amounts have yet to be included in the above total. Doubtless, Still will announce those figures as soon as they are available.

In the meantime, the full transaction report for in-world receipts of donations received through the kiosks and boards placed at the participating venues is available,  although as Still notes, it may be liable to additional revision and tidying-up.

Congratulations to Still and all who were involved in SU2C 2015, whether assisting in the organisation, or as venue owners, performers or supporters. And here’s to 2016!

About SU2C

Stand Up 2 Cancer provides an innovative  approach to ending cancer, which puts funds directly where they are needed: into leading-edge cancer research and treatment, and undertaking aggressive research programmes through what is called Translational Research. 100% of all donations made through SU2C goes directly into funding this work, none is lost to “administrative costs” or put aside for CEO or executive salaries, etc.

Such is the success of this approach that as of 2014, and in the USA alone, SU2C has raised over $261 million in seven years. This money has all be used in directly supporting 141 clinical trials of possible cancer treatments, involving 750 scientists and 5,000 cancer patients, and which have spanned 112 US institutions.

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Help SU2C top L$3 million in the final day of events in Second Life!

logo-2On Sunday, September 27th, Stand up 2 Cancer In Second Life relaxes the climax of two weeks of music and fund-raising aright acorss the grid in support of the global efforts of Stand Up 2 Cancer (SU2C).

Organised by Still Braveheart, the event has this years been supported by over 150 artists and more than 40 venues. Since launching on September 12th. an incredible L$2,700,685 has been raised through the concerts and events just through in-world donations alone (the totals raised through the UK and USA team pages still have to be tallied). This means hitting the L$ 3 million total on the last day is entirely possible!

Things will kick-off at 10:00 at LC Live! with the conclusion of the SU2C in SL Date Auction – your chance to go on a 2-hour date with an SL performer, venue owner or personality. I’ve also heard a whisper that there will be a very special auction prize as well, so be sure to be at LC Live!

The music also commences at 10:00, with Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile opening the line up, and both Jimbo’s and The Dirty Grind sharing the load. At the time of writing, the schedule stood as follows: (all times SLT):

Time
Venue
Artist
10:00-11:00
Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile Wolfie Moonshadow
10:00-1100
Mavenn
11:00-12:00
Jimbo’s Bill473
12:00-13:00
Luv of Music
12:00-13:00
Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile Russell Eponym
13:00-14:00
DJ “Blues Mama” Rhia
13:00-14:00
Jimbo’s Professor Showbiz
14:00-15:00
Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile Josie Anderton
14:00-15:00
Jimbo’s Toby Kip
15:00-16:00
Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile Dom
16:00-17:00
Hogan Baily
BS's Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile
BS’s Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile
Time
Venue
Artist
16:00-17:00
The Dirty Grind KatRose
17:00-18:00
Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile Tristyn Homewood
17:00-18:00
The Dirty Grind Denny Mac
18:00-19:00
Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile Collin Martin
18:00-19:00
The Dirty Grind Lyndon Heart
19:00-20:00
Reggie Sunset
19:00-20:00
Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile Parker
20:00-21:00
Max
21:00
Bones Writer Performs “Stand Up”  – the anthem for Stand Up 2 Cancer in Second Life 2015

Jasmine's Hollow; Inara Pey, June 2015, on Flickr The Dirty Grind over Jasmine’s Hollow will be helping to close-out SU2C in SL 2015 on Sunday, September 27th

All donations made during Stand Up 2 Cancer in Second Life will be divided equally between Stand up 2 Cancer’s work in Canada, the UK, and the USA. Those who prefer, can donate directly to Stand Up 2 Cancer in the UK and the USA by visiting the SU2C in SL UK team donation page or the SU2C in SL USA donation page.

Stand Up 2 Cancer provides an innovative  approach to ending cancer, which puts funds directly where they are needed: into leading-edge cancer research and treatment, and undertaking aggressive research programmes. 100% of all donations made through SU2C goes directly into funding this work, none is lost to “administrative costs” or put aside for CEO or executive salaries, etc. So you can be sure your donations are going directly to where they can do the most good.

This is a great opportunity to support efforts to bring about an end to cancer. so if you’ve not already done so, don’t forget to hop over to one of the venues and enjoy some great entertainment and support a great cause!

Be sure to visit LC Live before 10:00 SLT on Sunday, September 27th, 2015, and bid for a date with one of SL top live performers or venue owners!
Be sure to visit LC Live! before 10:00 SLT on Sunday, September 27th, 2015, and bid for a date with one of SL top live performers or venue owners!

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Stand up 2 Cancer in Second Life: the 1/2 way weekend

logo-2Stand up 2 Cancer In Second Life, organised by Still Braveheart, this weekend reaches the half-way mark in a marathon series of concerts and DJ sits taking place at over 40 venues across the grid and which features over 150 artists, performers and DJs.

The events are to raise funds for Stand Up 2 Cancer (SU2C) and their ground-breaking and innovative  approach to ending cancer, which puts funds directly where they are needed: into leading-edge cancer research and treatment, and undertaking aggressive research programmes. 100% of all donations made through SU2C goes directly into funding this work, none is lost to “administrative costs” or put aside for CEO or executive salaries, etc.

Since launching on September 12th, Stand Up 2 Cancer in Second Life 2015 has already brought-in donations of almost L$800,000 (approx US $3,200) in the course of its first week through in-world donations alone (people can also donate directly through the SU2C SL Team web pages – see the links at the end of this article), which has been a phenomenal response for SL residents.

The best way to keep fully abreast of SU2C activities in-world is via the Google calender of events and via Still Braveheart’s blog. – and remember, SU2C runs right through until Sunday, September 27th.  In the meantime, here’s the weekend’s line up, which may be subject to last-minute changes.

As always, all times SLT. Where a time or venue has ” against it, it means it is the same as the last entry to provide either.

Friday, September 18th

Time
Venue
Artist
11:00-12:00 noon
 Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile Garth Lannock
12:00-13:00
 “ REALLYMAD Morpork
13:00-:1400
 “ Crash Landfall
14:00-:15:00
 “ OneSummer Oh

 Kickin Mr Kev Cockney Crash Tyson
15:00-16:00
 Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile Starflower

 1st Chapter Starkz Voom
16:00-17:00
Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile ELiz Watanabe

 1st Chapter Chief Blaisdale
17:00-18:00
Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile David Csiszer

 1st Chapter Annette Wildrose
BS's Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile
BS’s Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile
Time
Venue
Artist
18:00-1900
1st Chapter Krell Karu

 Place of Grace Harmonia Trefoil

 The Only Venue Shaye Dezno

Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile Leeman Convel
19:00-20:00
 The Only Venue Parker Static

  Place of Grace Denny Mac

 Coconut Beach Bandit Eddingham
20:00-21:00
The Only Venue Dango

Coconut Beach Savannah Coronet
21:00-22:00
 “ Samm Quendra
The Only Venue
The Only Venue

Saturday, September 19th

Time
Venue
Artist
09:00-10:00
The Lemonrock Cafe Liam Defoe

 Bound Elegance Bones Writer
10:00-11:00
 The Lemonrock Cafe Anek Fuchs

 LC Live! TrickyLicks
10:00-12:00
 Bound Elegance DJ Emma
11:00-12:00 noon
 Wonderful Dreams Phil Setner

 The Lemonrock Cafe Bones Writer

 LC Live! Stickle Back
12:00-13:00
The Lemonrock Cafe Reallymad Morkpork

Wonderful Dreams Donny Collazo

 LC Live! Maximillion Kleene
12:00-14:00
Bound Elegance DJ Firewater Firecaster
The Lemonrock Cafe
The Lemonrock Cafe

Continue reading “Stand up 2 Cancer in Second Life: the 1/2 way weekend”

Stand Up 2 Cancer in Second Life this September

logo-2Saturday, September 12th marks the start of the 2015 Stand up 2 Cancer (SU2C) campaign in Second Life, and the venue schedules are shaping up nicely. I previewed this year’s campaign, at the end of August, so feel to treat this as a small update / teaser.

This year builds on the 2014 début event, which saw L$ 1.5 million raised over 4 days, and will see more than 150 performers, DJs and tribute bands perform at around 40 venues across Second Life in two weeks of music and fund-raising to assist the ground-breaking work of Stand Up 2 Cancer. Activities commence on Saturday, September 12th and run through until Sunday, September 27th, all brought together through the leadership of Still Braveheart, who pioneered the 2014 inaugural weekend.

Jasmine's Hollow; Inara Pey, June 2015, on Flickr The Dirty Grind over Jasmine’s Hollow  will host multiple events across the 2 weeks of SU2C fund-raising

As I noted last time around, the focus this year is not only on a much broader time span for fund-raising, but it is also looking to support far more of SU2C’s work by splitting donations between SU2C’s activities in Canada, the UK and the USA. In addition, people will be able to donate directly to SU2C’s work in through three countries by following the special donation links available at all participating venues if they’d prefer to pay direct, rather than via in-world L$ donations.

Obviously, with so many performers and venues participating, listing them in a blog like this is impossible – so do please keep a track of the SU2C in SL event schedule on Google, and via Stills’ own blog, which will have daily events, times and LMs to venues as things get under-way, as well as all the very latest news. However, to help whet appetites, here is a small sampling of what is to come (note schedules subject to possible last minute change).

Saturday, September 12th: BS’s Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile

09:00
KeivnMThomas Carpool
10:00
Manu Aurell
11:00
wolfie Moonshadow
12:00 noon
LaidBack Celt
13:00
Bandit Eddingham
14:00
Leannan Wolfgang
18:00
Erin & Satin
BS's Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile - kicking things off for SU2C 2015
BS’s Bring a Friend and Stay Awhile – kicking things off for SU2C 2015

Thursday, September 17th: Breakwaters New England Community

15:00
emptypockets88240
15:30
Bo Hayes
16:00
Premium Composer
16:30
Automatic Quandry
17:00
Manu Aurell
17:30
Luvofmusic
18:00
Travis Overrland
18:30
Glenn Bunjie
19:00
MrMulti Write
19:30
Ariangels Resident
20:00
Dilah Halostar
Breakwaters New England Community
Breakwaters New England Community

Monday, September 21st: RMS Titanic

16:00
Saxy and Romantic
17:00
MusicMan Appletor
RMS Titanic, another stately 2015 SU2C venue
RMS Titanic, another stately 2015 SU2C venue

So, do please keep an eye on Still’s blog for the full schedule of events, together with the Google calendar, and who knows – we might bump into one another at one of the venues! If so, do please say hello.

About Stand Up 2 Cancer

SU2C takes an innovative  approach to ending cancer by focusing on forming “dream teams” of doctors and researchers who are directly involved in leading-edge cancer research and treatment, and then undertaking aggressive research programmes. 100% of all donations made through SU2C goes directly into funding cancer research and treatment and paying for these teams; none is lost to “administrative costs” or put aside for CEO or executive salaries, etc.

Such is the success of this approach that as of 2014, and in the USA alone, SU2C has raised over $261 million in seven years. This money has all be used in directly supporting 141 clinical trials of possible cancer treatments, involving 750 scientists and 5,000 cancer patients, and which have spanned 112 US institutions.

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Bigger and bolder: Second Life Stands Up 2 Cancer 2015

logo-2Across four days between Thursday September 4th and Sunday September 7th in 2014, musicians and DJs from across Second Life and around the world came together under the banner SL Music Races for a Cure in order to raise money for Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C).

The brainchild of key organiser Still Braveheart, SL Music Races for a Cure was an outstanding success: L$ 1.5 million raised over the course of the four days of the event, with donations continuing after core activities had finished. All of the money was donated to SU2C’s work in accelerating the pace of cancer research and the development of effective treatments.

This year, Second Life Stands Up to Cancer is back, with an even bigger, bolder vision, and with Still once again helming the organising efforts.

2015 will see more than 150 performers, DJs and tribute bands performing at over 40 venues across Second Life between Saturday, September 12th and Sunday, September 27th, 2015, all with the aim of raising funds for Stan Up to Cancer’s international activities.

Obviously, with so many performers and venues participating, listing them in a blog like this is impossible – so do please keep a track of the SU2C in SL event schedule on Google, and via Stills’ own blog, which will have daily events, times and LMs to venues as things get under-way, as well as all the very latest news.

Stills' own Bring and Friend will be one of the venues headlining 2015's SL SU2C events
Still’ own Bring a Friend & Stay Awhile will be one of 40+ venues supporting 2015’s SL SU2C events

Founded in the United States in 2008 as a non-profit organisation run under the auspices of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Stand Up to Cancer was specifically established to raise funds to accelerate the pace of ground-breaking translational cancer research that can get new cancer therapies to patients quickly.

The organisation takes an innovative  approach to ending cancer by focusing on forming “dream teams” of doctors and researchers who are directly involved in leading-edge cancer research and treatment, and then undertaking aggressive research programmes (see the video at the end of this article for more on this). 100% of all donations made through SU2C goes directly into funding cancer research and treatment and paying for these teams; none is lost to “administrative costs” or put aside for CEO or executive salaries, etc.

Such is the success of this approach that as of 2014, and in the USA alone, SU2C has raised over $261 million in seven years. This money has all be used in directly supporting 141 clinical trials of possible cancer treatments, involving 750 scientists and 5,000 cancer patients, and which have spanned 112 US institutions.

It is this remarkable capability which led to an article in the Huffington Post’s Impact section to refer to SU2C as one of  3 Cancer Research Accelerators Worth Watching.

Lemmonrock Cafe, another of the 40+ venues supporting 2015's SL SU2C events
Lemmonrock Cafe, another of the 40+ venues supporting 2015’s SL SU2C events

Since its inception, SU2C has gained international support as well, with other countries establishing their own SU2C movements. Both Canada and the United Kingdom, for example, are fully engaged in SU2C’s work, with other countries also offering support and promotion.

In recognition of SU2C’s international scale and the direct involvement of Canada, the UK and the USA in spearheading efforts, all monies raised during the Second Life Stands Up to Cancer events will be evenly split between SU2C’s work in these three countries.

Also, in what is quite possibly a first for Second Life, all of the SU2C venues will have special kiosks available which will allow Canadian, UK and US SL residents to make donations directly to the SU2C work in their own country, via links to the SL SU2C Team web pages (UK and US) and the main SU2C Canada website.

What’s more, because the direct donations to SU2C UK and SU2C USA are going through the SL SU2C Team pages, the amounts donated this way can be added to the total amount raised through in-world donations, presenting a clearer picture of how much was raised for SU2C through the activities and generosity of Second Life residents.

Second Life Stands Up to Cancer is shaping-up to be another extraordinary event, one that I hope to be bringing further news and updates about as the dates approach, as well as looking forward to catching at least some of the performers and shows.  So, mark September 12th through 27th in your diary and calendar, and get ready to Stand Up to Cancer, because this is where the end of cancer begins.

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