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First Step: A Family Violence Intervention Center

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SOUL SHINE 2006!

Letter From the Director Dear Friends of First Step, What a summer! In many ways, Summer is our busiest time of year at First Step, especially with our preparations for Soul Shine. This year we are excited to have Slick Ballinger returning to the Soul Shine stage. Those of you who saw Slick last year at Soul Shine know what a great performance he put on. Also returning is Bay area bluesman Phil Berkowitz with his take on Louis Jordan. In addition, New Orleans bluesman Bryan Lee will grace our stage for the first time. This is promising to be another great Soul Shine. Most importantly, it will give community members the opportunity to show their support for First Step as we continue to provide resources to build healthy families. See you there!

Terri L. Mercer

Photo Credit: Sandra Whitta

The Graff Automall Blues Brothers pose with this year’s “Bluesmobile”, a 1992 Chevy Caprice. Tickets for the Bluesmobile Raffle are $2 and are available at Graff Automall and First Step.

Its that time of year again! First Step’s Soul Shine Blues Festival will occur on September 23, 2006 for the 11th straight year. In that time we have been blessed to see the festival grow to become one of the most respected blues events in Northwest Ohio. In addition, we have seen some of the best national blues artists grace our stage. This year Soul Shine will present the talents of four spectacular musicians from a diverse range of blues. (see page

2 for artist bios). In addition Soul Shine will also feature events such as Soul Shine Raffle items, Silent Auction theme baskets, and more. Add to this our signature southern cooking: ribs, BBQ chicken, seafood gumbo, and red beans and rice and you have a can’t miss event with fun for the entire family. Soul Shine 2006 will begin at 2 PM on Saturday September 23 at the Meadowbrook Ballroom in Bascom, OH. Tickets are already on sale for Soul Shine and are $15 each. Make sure to check First

Step’s website for updates on Soul Shine. In addition, if you would like to volunteer on the day of Soul Shine contact First Step to see how you can help. All of us here at First Step are giddy with anticipation and looking forward to a day filled with great music, great food, and great fun. We encourage all of you to come out and show your support for First Step as all proceeds from Soul Shine benefit First Step programs. For more info call: 419-4357300.


S u m m e r I s s u e: A u g u s t 2 0 0 6

PROVIDING RESOURCES THAT EMPOWER PEOPLE TO MAKE HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP CHOICES

FIRST STEP: A FAMILY VIOLENCE INTERVENTION CENTER

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SOUL SHINE 2006 PRESENTS... One might say that the Mississippi River runs through his veins. Certainly the spirit of traditional blues is the lifeblood of 21 year-old Slick Ballinger. Influenced by the likes of Howlin Wolf and Muddy Waters, the North Carolina native and current Mississippi resident picked up the guitar at the age of fifteen and with it took the torch from a bygone generation and began to run with it. The spirit of the blues moves Daniel "Slick" Ballinger like the spirit of the lord moves a preacher. Hailed by many as a prodigy, he is in the midst of transforming into a deep bluesman. Before the age of 18 he had played with legendary artists: Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Othar Turner, T-Model Ford, and Algia Mae Hinton. These renowned blues artist have all mentioned three words to describe Daniel Ballinger, "He's Got It". Born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, Bryan Lee completely lost his eyesight by the age of eight. His avid interest in early rock and blues was fostered through the 1950s by late night listening sessions via the Nashville-based radio station WLAC AM, where he first encountered the sounds of Elmore James, Albert King and Albert Collins. Bryan remembers thinking he didn't understand the music, but knew that's what he wanted to play. Through the '60s, Bryan's interest turned to Chicago blues and he soon found himself immersed on that scene. Lee eventually headed south to New Orleans, mixing his Chicago influences with the Delta blues and landing a steady gig at the Old Absinthe House where he developed a huge following and a solid reputation. Phil Berkowitz, a San Francisco Bay Area based blues harmonica player and vocalist, has brought his unique and energetic musical style to audiences for the better part of a decade. His most recent venture, a CD honoring the legendary music of Louis Jordan, testifies to the talent and dedication of this exciting, young performer. Phil became interested in the blues after moving to California and soon dedicated himself to mastering every facet of the diatonic and chromatic harmonica. He and his band have found a niche in their bop influenced blues and have performed with a variety of top blues and jazz musicians such as Danny Caron, Brenda Boykin, Jon Lawton, Little David Rose, Lisa Kindred, and Billy Branch, just to name a few.

Also featuring the music of

Slick Black Cadillac!

ABOUT FIRST STEP For 25 years First Step has been serving the Wyandot, Wood, Sandusky and Seneca counties. We are the first domestic violence shelter to be built from the ground up in the state of Ohio and one of only four in the nation. Over the last few years, First Step has evolved from a shelter to a center that focuses on prevention as well as intervention.

For clients and families dealing with domestic violence, it offers Contact Us a 24-hour crisis support phone line, legal advocacy (including First Step filing Civil Protection Orders and P O Box 1103 accompanying clients to court), Fostoria, OH 44830 and temporary shelter residence for those in need. And for 419-435-7300 individuals simply looking to firststep@firststepweb.org enhance their lives and relationwww.firststepweb.org ships we also offer a wide range of comprehensive services.


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ABOUT SOUL SHINE First Step's Soul Shine Blues Festival has been bringing the most authentic and original blues acts to Northwest Ohio for over a decade. Originally Soul Shine was conceived as a music festival to raise funds for First Step programs, Soul Shine quickly became focused on the blues and soon rose to fame in attracting the best national acts in the blues. Soul Shine brings together people from all walks of life and unites them through a day of fantastic music and a great cause. Soul Shine is the brainchild of First Step Executive Director Terri

Mercer, whose love for the blues brought about the desire to have a festival right in our community. Soul Shine gives First Step the opportunity to reach out and meet with community members and make them aware of our work and also give them an opportunity to get involved. As our major fundraiser, Soul Shine is one way that people can show their support for our work of building strong families. In addition to great music, Soul Shine is also famous for its signature Southern cooking. Seafood gumbo, BBQ ribs, red beans and rice, and Red Hot hot dogs are just some of the delightful tastes at Soul Shine. Add

to this our Soul Shine raffles, our theme basket silent auction, and other activities and you have great fun for the entire family. All in all, the event makes for a great party that continues to get better with age. For more info visit us on the web at:

www.firststepweb.org

Mark Your Calendars! The 11th annual Soul Shine Blues Festival Saturday September 23, 2006 2PM -10PM, Tickets: $15 Meadowbrook Park Ballroom Bascom, OH GREAT MUSIC, FOOD, FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

SOUL SHINE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES You can play a part in making Soul Shine successful! From helping spread the word to helping clean up, we can always use more volunteers. If you are interested in helping with Soul Shine just fill out the response slip below and send it back to us. And you can also mail order advance tickets for Soul Shine by filling out this slip. Help make Soul Shine great and contact us today! MARK YOUR AREA OF INTEREST INTEREST BELOW: ____ Soul Shine Street Team Member Spread the word about Soul Shine by putting up posters, distributing flyers, or telling friends. ____ Soul Shine “day“day-of” Volunteer Help out on the day of Soul Shine by selling tickets, helping in the kitchen, and cleaning up. ____ Soul Shine Planning Committee Volunteer Help organize and plan for Soul Shine throughout the year. ____ Soul Shine Sponsor Contribute to Soul Shine by underwriting some of our cost and receive advertising perks. ____ Buy Soul Shine Tickets ($15) ____ number of tickets Send slip with check or money order. ____ Buy Bluesmobile Raffle Tickets ($2) ____number of tickets Send slip with check or money order.

Name ___________________________Phone Phone_____________________ Phone Address ____________________________________________________ Email ______________________________________________________

Send this slip back to us at: First Step P O Box 1103 Fostoria, OH 44830


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First Step August 2006 Newsletter  

First Step August 2006 Newsletter