Epiphany Tour seeks help to continue its work


Aug. 8, 2013
Academy Award winning actor Tom Hanks spoke with a group of Springfield children who are taking part in The Epiphany Tour. The founder of the program is seeking funding to continue it.
Reminder Publications submitted photo
By G. Michael Dobbs

news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – David Horgan is determined that no matter what is the outcome of his crowd-raising effort at Indiegogo he will continue the work he has started providing programming and mentorship for youth in Springfield.

He hopes, however, that people contribute amounts as low as $5 to help him meet his goal of $30,000 to insure that programming for 100 children from the ages of 9 through 16 continue.

His appeal is at www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-epiphany-tour-needs-you.

Speaking to Reminder Publications, Horgan, a veteran of both video production and working with young people, explained his involvement with a Home City housing project in the city blossomed into the Epiphany Tour, in which he works with groups of the children on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Horgan, who is media director for First Alliance Lending, said he spends between a third to a half of his time during the week with the children who are participating in the program.

He has made sure the children who qualify for a free lunch program during the summer have received it and he oversees other activities.

“Look, it’s so basic: kids need attention from adults,” Horgan explained.

He added the alternative for many of these youth is “sitting around the projects and getting into trouble.”

Horgan described the program on Indiegogo, as “The Epiphany Tour is a part of a national effort to bring inspiration, hope and a view of the wonders of this world to affected youth. Through the use of media, Macintosh computers, musical instruments and live performance, our program has brought children out of the dark and into happiness and success.”

He continued, “We have seen gang members graduate high school, suicidal teens become compassionate leaders and instructors. We have seen troubled kids return to school. The money from this campaign will pay for gas and expenses for a van our founder cashed in his retirement money to purchase. It will help to purchase computers, guitars, art supplies, pay for dance classes, gymnastics and more!”

None of the money will go to salaries or advertising, he said. One hundred percent will go to children.

Horgan has spent about $10,000 of his own funds to underwrite the program as well as made use of his contacts in the entertainment industry. Earlier this summer, he contact his friend, actor Peter Scolari, and enlisted his aid in trying to set up a meeting with Tom Hanks, who is currently appearing on Broadway in the play “Lucky Guy.”

King Ward donated a bus for the field trip to New York City and Horgan said that Hanks spent about 15 minutes talking with the children back stage.

“When he came around the corner, it was amazing,” Horgan said.

Hanks spoke to the students about following their dreams and working to make them happen, Horgan explained.

Horgan is still short of his $30,000 goal with Aug. 16 as the deadline, but said, “We’ll do with what we got.”

He added, “I’m not going to let up.”


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