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The Last Few Days!

Jun 05, 2018


The clock is ticking so I will be brief. What an incredible journey I have been on for the past ten weeks! Charlie Schlatter's Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man of the Year campaign started on March 26th and will culminate in just three days!!!


So many of you have donated to Team Schlatterhouse, and for that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! While I cannot disclose specific numbers, I can tell you that we are VERY close to reaching our goal of raising $336,000 by the end of the week.  But we still need help!


All of my energy between now and Friday will be devoted to making sure that we not only reach this goal but raise as much as possible for the wonderful mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The fight against blood cancer is not over, and so, the fight in ME is not over. As I have said, 39 years ago I lost one brother to cancer, I WILL NOT lose another. 


The clock is still ticking. THE DEADLINE TO DONATE IS THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 8th @ 5 PM (PST) that's 8 PM for you East Coasters!


If you haven’t had a chance to join our team yet, please support my campaign by donating whatever you can. And if you have already donated (thank you, thank you, thank you), please consider passing this message along to your network of friends. 


EVERY DOLLAR TRULY, ABSOLUTELY, LITERALLY...COUNTS!  And we have all been touched by this dreadful disease.  Charlie's family and team have spent the past 10 weeks moving toward his goal of $1 for every white blood cell that was in his body when he was diagnosed.  Can you please help us?


On behalf of LLS and blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you in advance for your support – it truly means the world to me, Charlie, his family, and anyone whose life has been affected by cancer.


All the best...



Matthew Gitkin


The Final Push!

Jun 05, 2018


What a whirlwind nine+ weeks this has been.  Two shows, two trips home, two major strolls down memory lane.  Exhausting, yet exhilarating.  Thomas Wolfe said, "You can't go home again," yet I did.  Charlie did.  In fact, we all did.  For some, it was going back to elementary school for others jr. high, for others still, high school or college.  For some of us, it was the thrill of meeting America's sweetheart, Melissa Gilbert or hanging out with Mr. Thirty-Something, Tim Busfield.  And many of us got to sing and play with each other, just like the old days.  It doesn't matter whether you were onstage or off, you felt it.  For those few hours, we were all transported back to a nostalgic time in our memory; while new memories were created.  We hugged, we laughed, and maybe even got choked-up a bit.  No matter what you felt, we owe it to our good friend - the local boy who made good, Charlie.


Watching professional musicians from all over comeback to form FallenGeezer was amazing.  The musicianship of people like Matt Halper, Billy Moore, Rob Siebert, Al Markel and David Silver, along with Stu Pace - all coming together for this event was incredible. Listening to the incredible voice of Kelli Rabke was just inspiring.  Performing some short-form improv with our dear friend Tamar Copeland with Charlie, Melissa, and Tim was a ball. Trying to follow the mastery and quickness of Steve Max as he Simon-Sez'd our asses was pure frenetic fun (plus his balancing act finale).  Watching the dueling Nicely Nicely's with Charlie vs Gary Molenaar and the dueling Kenickie's with Jack Moelnaar vs. Robert Lopuzzo, was all pure enjoyment.  For me, Charlie and Melissa dueting the Jack & the Beanstalk songs was just the icing on the cake while Tim got to play the cow's rear end.  And Charlie's "Where is Love" from Oliver hit us right in our hearts. 


It's not often in our lives that we get to go home again with dear friends like we did for these shows. It's not often that we get a chance to celebrate a friend that has survived cancer.  It not often that we can escape into the throes of old and rekindled friendships for hours like we did; not wanting to leave - and when we did our cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing so much.


So, what am I getting at here?  Well, with all my preparation,with the addition of Christine Nunn's catered reception, with Laura Morone Chiappetta's additional auction, Even with the incredible subsidies and sponsorships from Larry Shiner of Beacon Protection, from David Silver and Alpha Wave Studios and the support from the Boro of Fair Lawn, the proceeds from both shows didn't come close to what I had in mind.  I wanted to do as much as I could to get Charlie to his $336,000 goal, so now I need a favor.  I hate asking favors.


Short of doing another show, which we can't in time for the end of Charlie's campaign (June 9th), I need some favors to happen.  Justify it however you want.  If you can monetize the feelings that the show gave you while watching; give that much. A dollar a smile, a dollar a laugh, a dollar a memory - what's that worth to you?  To have Charlie still with us, and able to entertain us, and make us feel something many of us have not felt in decades - what's that worth to you?  If you could take him out for dinner or drinks what would you spend?  All I am asking is for you to take all of this, the feelings, the smiles, the laughs, the memories and donate what that's all worth to you.  Just one more time.


These shows were more than entertainment for many, they were therapeutic - isn't it worth another co-pay?  Think of it as a Happy Schlatter-Day's gift!


Please use this link to make any additional donations to Charlie's LLS Campaign and let our dear friend know how much we care.




Matt Gitkin

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