Lyrics for Lupus at Taltree Arboretum

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Local musicians are hosting an evening of outdoor music at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in Valparaiso to benefit Walk for Lupus Now Northwest Indiana on July 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter.
“The concert will feature a variety of performers,” Zachary Colby, event organizer said. “It will be a beautiful night of a variety of music. Be ready to hear anything from operatic arias to soulful songs to original songs.”
Zachary Colby is the nephew of Susan Colby. Susan is a member of the LFA, executive board, is the co-chairperson of Walk for Lupus Now Northwest Indiana and is a lupus patient,” said Zachary Colby. “My friends and I have decided to put on a benefit concert to raise money for the LFA called Lyrics for Lupus. The evening will be a ‘Ravinia-style’ music concert and all proceeds from the evening will go directly to the Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter to increase lupus awareness, provide information to newly diagnosed lupus patients and their families and support lupus research.”
Zachary Colby is a University of Minnesotta Master’s of Vocal Performance Major. The Butler University alumnus is a former member of the Indianapolis Opera Chorus and Butler University Chorale. Colby made his Italian debut last summer in Verdi’s Falstaff and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Colby is a Crown Point High School graduate.
Rebecca Notthingham is known by many as a former member of Indiana University’s premier a capella group “Ladies First.” Nottingham was a runner-up on NBC 5 Chicago’s Idol and at Indiana Campus Idol. She is a Crown Point High School and Indiana University alumnae.
Independent singer, songwriter and guitarist, Stephanie Ruggeri, will perform at Lyrics for Lupus. She recently released her own album on iTunes. The Crown Point High School and Valparaiso University Alumnae majored in music and business administration. Indiana University theatre major, CJ Pawilikowski, is a member of the Singing Hoosiers and performs regularly in Boomington. He is a former member of Indiana University’s premier male a capella group “Straight No Chaser.” Pawilikowski is a Crown Point High School graduate.
Raffles will be offered at the event. Businesses interested in making a donation should contact Zac Colby at 689-1293.
Tickets are $10 in advance and include admittance into Taltree or $15 at the gate. Those purchasing tickets at the gate will need to pay Taltree Arboretum & Garden admission fee of $5, then purchase the Lyrics for Lupus tickets inside the gate.
Lupus patients who are registered with the Chapter office will be offered two complimentary tickets from the LFA. Patients who are not Chapter members are encouraged to call the office at (800) 948-8806 to receive their tickets.
Lyrics for Lupus ticket order forms are available at Tickets are available at the LFA office at 2642 Eleanor Street in Portage, the Crown Point Community Foundation at 213 South Court Street in Crown Point, The Artful Garden at 611 North Indiana Avenue and at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens at 71 North 500 West in Valparaiso.
To visit Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, take U.S. Highway 30 and turn south at County Road 500 West and travel 1.5 miles to County Road 100 North. Turn left (East) onto 100 North and travel 0.5 miles to the Taltree entrance.
Concert guests are encourage to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets and bug spray.
Approximately 1.5 million Americans have a form of lupus. Based on 2006 census information, it is estimated that 34,187 of Indiana’s residents have lupus; including 2,671 residents in Lake County, 865 residents in Porter County and 597 residents in LaPorte County.
More than 5 million people worldwide struggle with the health consequences of lupus. Inflammation is considered the primary feature of lupus. Lupus is a potentially fatal autoimmune disease capable of damaging virtually any part of the body, including the skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, and brain. In its most severe form, lupus can cause disfiguring rashes and scarring, multiple miscarriages, kidney, heart and lung failure, impaired neurological function, strokes, heart attacks and death.
Despite its enormous public health implications, lupus remains a dangerously under-recognized and under-appreciated health issue. More than half of all people with lupus suffer four or more years and visit three or more doctors before being diagnosed with lupus. Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to those of many other diseases. There is an urgent need to educate patients and health care providers to achieve earlier and more accurate diagnoses. Improved management of lupus will reduce and prevent its adverse effects, particularly among those communities most severely affected.

Nine out of ten people with lupus are women. Eighty percent of new lupus cases are diagnosed among women ages 15 to 44.
The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is the nation’s leading non-profit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes and cure for lupus. Research, education, and patient services are at the heart of LFA’s programs. The Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter provides awareness and education for the signs and symptoms of lupus for early diagnosis and treatment. Volunteers from the chapter facilitate support group meetings in Lake and Porter Counties as well as Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Richmond and Evansville. Support group meetings are free and provide lupus education as well as peer support.
The chapter office, which serves the entire state, is located at 2642 Eleanor Street in Portage. For more information about the Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana chapter, call (800) 948-8806 toll free or log on to

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