Gruv Gear, Orange County California-based designer and manufacturer of innovative utility
carts, music products and accessories, announces its contribution and support to Sweet Relief Musicians Funds, an organization dedicated to help career musicians career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems, according to a press release from PRWeb,
Sweet Relief was founded by singer-songwriter Victoria Williams in 1993. Victoria, while on a career-making tour with Neil Young was forced to leave the tour in mid-schedule after experiencing unexplained debilitating symptoms. A long and painful diagnostic process revealed she had multiple sclerosis.
A group of friends assembled an all-star album of Victoria’s songs, Sweet Relief, which alleviated much of her medical debt. The line-up included Pearl Jam, Lou Reed, Maria McKee, Soul Asylum, Lucinda Williams and others.
Williams new that there were many musicians in her situation – unable to afford medical expenses and compromised in their ability to work. She donated some of her proceeds from the album to found Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Williams is listed on the Sweet Relief’s website, as a board member, along with an impressive roster of people, many with ties to the music industry.
Gruv Gear’s contribution of its top-of-the-line multi-use backpack for traveling musicians, the Stadium Bag, was a well-appreciated gift to the cause “As a musician, I’m well aware how much we rely on our main tools… Our hands, our minds, our health” says Jay Baldemor, President of Gruv Gear.
“Any disability or health issues directly affect our performance, and for many, their careers and livelihood. Sweet Relief has created an amazing program where everyone can take part and lend support, from large acts including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band, and Cold Play. We’re honored to be a part of this effort.”
Sweet Relief has a local Rochester, NY connection. Matthew Kaplan, an attorney from New Jersey, is on the board of Sweet Relief. Kaplan, whose legal practice represents musical acts, studied music at the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester.
For more information on multiple sclerosis in the Rochester area, please contact the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upstate New York Chapter.Currently, the Upstate New York Chapter is nationally recognized as a leader in providing comprehensive service programs for nearly 12,000 people with MS and their families in 50 counties.
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