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PARAPALOOZA 2013

HEAVENS TO MURGATROID TO HEADLINE PARAPALOOZA 2013
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT CARA IRISH PUB


Award-winning Seacoast Music Award winners lend support to local Para Equestrian Mary Jordan in a fundraiser to help her bid to make the United States Equestrian Team at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France 2014!

Mary Jordan and Sebastian by Lindsay Yosay McCall

When: Saturday, Sept. 28

Where: Cara Irish Pub, 11 4th Street, Dover, N.H

Time: 7 p.m.

What:  Award-winning Seacoast Music Award winners lend support to local Para Equestrian Mary Jordan in a fundraiser to help her bid to make the United States Equestrian Team at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France 2014!

For more information please contact:
Mary Raitt Jordan, Drake’s Island Media
207-985-3999, or 207-216-0094, or mj@maine.rr.com

Cost: The suggested donation is $15.

*Tickets can be purchased in three ways and online donations are tax-deductible.

PLEASE CLICK THE “DONATE” BUTTON BELOW.

1 Ticket= $15 donation



 

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HEAVENS TO MURGATROID TO HEADLINE PARAPALOOZA 2013
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT CARA IRISH PUB


Award-winning Seacoast Music Award winners lend support to local Para Equestrian Mary Jordan in a fundraiser to help her bid to make the United States Equestrian Team at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France 2014!

DOVER, New Hampshire August 19, 2013 — Seacoast Music Award Winners Heavens to Murgatroid will headline a rock-n-roll fundraiser “Parapalooza” to benefit local area Para Equestrian Mary Jordan in her bid to make Team USA at the 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy, France. The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 at Cara Irish Pub, 11 4th Street, Dover, N.H. starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now!

Jordan, a seacoast area resident, is an international Para Equestrian who represented the United States at the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and was an alternate for the London 2012 Paralympics. She became the third person in her family diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 11 years ago and is a national MS advocate and public speaker. Having earned her qualifying score to secure an invitation to the US Selection Trials next summer, she is now actively pursuing a berth on the 2014 squad with her mount Sebastian, owned by Deecie Denison of Vermont.

“My sport is my passion and I ride for a reason: to share that we live in a new day and age of great hope with MS. My riding brings me great joy and is my conduit to raise awareness about MS and Para Equestrian sport, to be an example of what a person with MS can do,” Jordan said.

To kick off her “Mary from Maine Normandy Campaign” and celebrate the spirit of the sport Jordan invited her favorite band Heavens to Murgatroid to headline the event. Heavens to Murgatroid is an award-winning popular seacoast-area power-pop band from the early ‘90s made up of seacoast-area residents Tim McCoy, Rick Twombly, Tim Theriault and Alan Jordan. Together the group recorded several albums starting with their debut album “!” and topped the charts on college, alternative and Boston-area radio stations. The group is graciously volunteering their time to Jordan’s fundraiser. Last year their Portsmouth show was sold out.

“Competing internationally is daunting in what it entails since many of the competitions are across the country and around the world. I am grateful to the band and the community for their support and becoming part of our team,” Jordan said. “I thought it would be a great celebration to bring together their music with my goal. They are great guys who know what it is like to work hard and chase a dream. I have been a diehard fan for years and have always related to the drive and talent of these wonderful musicians and songwriters. My iPod is filled with their amazing music!”

Proceeds from the event will go to direct athlete competition support with a portion of the proceeds being given to MS-related programs and the United States Para Equestrian Association (USPEA).

Tickets for the show are on sale now! The suggested donation is $15. Tickets can be purchased in three ways and online donations are tax-deductible:




 

1) Online at the United States Para Equestrian Association (USPEA) at www.uspea.org/parapalooza. People can click to make a donation. Specify “Mary Jordan-Parapalooza” in the message field. Donors will receive their tickets that night at the door with a special admission bracelet!

2) Tickets can be obtained by phone. Call the Parapalooza Planning Committee Hotline at 207-216-0094.

3) Ticket Bracelets can be purchased at Cara Irish Pub before the event, or at the door the night of the event!

Residents can follow Jordan’s progress on the Mary from Maine Normandy Campaign 2014 page on Facebook. A website is forthcoming at www.maryfrommaine.com.

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About Heavens to Murgatroid:

Heavens to Murgatroid, a high-energy power pop band, was founded in Portsmouth, NH, in 1990 by vocalist/guitarist Rick Twombly and bassist Tim McCoy. They played a slew of shows and developed a devout following in the early 1990s with the additions of lead guitarist Tim Theriault and drummer Alan Jordan. Together the band toured the entire USA, rubbing elbows with bands like The Vouts, The Ramones and The Cavedogs. HTM was known as the band that had the big pink school bus, McCoy had a bass that looked like an electric banjo and Jordan had a flashing beacon on his pink motorcycle helmet! In addition to several compilation contributions, Heavens to Murgatroid recorded the independent LPs ! (1992) and Cyclop Pop (1995). Many of HTM’s self-titled CDs and recordings have now become available collector’s items.

About the Mary from Maine Normandy Campaign:

Para Equestrian Mary Jordan is an international Grade IV Para Dressage Equestrian who lives in Wells, Maine with her husband and son. In March 2013 she earned a qualifying score for riding in the U.S. Selection Trials for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. Jordan is the third person in her family with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), diagnosed in 2002. She represented Team USA at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and was an alternate for the 2012 Paralympics in London. Additionally she has ridden on USA teams in Australia, Canada, Norway and throughout the country. She is a two-time National Grade IV Para Dressage Champion and a national MS advocate.

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