I thought you might enjoy learning about what Doug Schuler, Watseka Community High School Class of 1980, has been doing. Doug was an extraordinarily talented musician. He still is.
Although Doug lives in Chicago now, the old adage rings true: "You can take the boy out of the small town but you can't take the small town out of the boy."
Doug, like so many Watsekans before him, is finding a way to be of service to others. He is the creator and producer of "The Blank Check Project." Premised on the saying "a veteran is someone who wrote a blank check made payable . . . for an amount of 'up to and including [his/her] life,'" it's a musical project that will benefit wounded and ill veterans.
Doug invested his talent, time and money into this project. Through his good nature and leadership he recruited some of Chicago's best musical and production talent to join him in producing a CD and videos.
One hundred percent of the profits from the sale of the first 5000 (that's right, five thousand!) CDs are being donated to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
I'm guessing that Doug was influenced by Watseka's veterans' service to our community. Doug's father is a Korean War era Army veteran. Doug is paying it forward - and we should too.
I am very proud of Doug and proud to provide the links at the end of this entry. I hope you like what you see. More importantly, I hope you'll purchase CDs knowing that you will be helping the new and improved Walter Reed National Military Medical Center provide the best possible care to our fellow citizens whose blank checks were cashed.
Please share information about the Blank Check Project. Please send it to a few of your friends, coworkers, and/or acquaintances you think might care. You veterans - send it to your friends.
I'll bet you, like me, know many people who are moved by music. I'll wager you, like me, know lots of folks who enjoy doing good. Let's get people involved!
Thank you Doug, and all of you.
Here's the Blank Check Project's website: http://www.blankcheckproject.com/
I'm also providing a link to a very professionally done video. Watsekans may see a few familiar faces. The music is incredible (don't worry, Rod, there is neither twang nor singing through the nose): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idsSv620e_I&feature=relmfu