March 30, 2011

Celebrating 30 Years of Vansome

This week we would have been celebrating Vance's 30th birthday with him. Friends and family have pulled together to honor Vance & celebrate our love for him with 2 benefits.

Money is still being raised for the New England Relay in which his loving sister Genevieve will lead in mid-June, 2011. Vansome bracelets are also available to honor Vance and help raise money for a Drug Free America. If we could save one life, get someone the help & support they need and most important, not have anyone lose a friend/family-loved-one like we have, Vance will not have died in vain.

There is a purpose for Vance's death. This week we celebrate his life and in doing so we will be helping others and hopefully saving another person's life.

I love you VANCE ~ you will always be in my heart, forever. Uncle Lenny XO


Events in the coming week and ways to support & celebrate Vance's life:

Sunday, April 3, 2011
“Dance for Vance” Benefit
Vance’s friend & co-worker Michelle organized a benefit dance in honor of Vance. The dance starts at 6 PM at Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square. Please join us, ALL are welcome! Learn more here.

Friday, April 8, 2011
Vance Ferratusco Memorial Benefit
Vance’s friends have pulled together a memorial benefit to honor him and celebrate his 30th birthday. Join us at Boston's Hard Rock Cafe on Friday, April 8 starting at 10 PM. Enjoy a performances by the Queens of Boston to celebrate Vance's life. The the DJ's that made this all happen, Greg Picariello and Joe Bermudez will be spinning the best music all night long - ALL are welcome! Please join us, won't you? You can learn more here.


“If love were enough, you’d still be here with us.”

Celebrate Vance’s life with remembrance bracelets in keeping his spirit alive. These purple bracelets are $5 with all the proceeds being donated to drugfree.org in Vance's memory and honor. His spirit will live on forever. If interested in purchasing a bracelet, please contact Stephanie Prince via a Facebook message or on Twitter @SimplySteph11.          

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Don't forget, Vance’s loving sister Genevieve and friends are running the New England Relay on June 11 and 12, 2011.
Genevieve Ferratusco and 11 friends will be participating in the New England Relay (www.newenglandrelay.com) by running over 220 miles in memory of Vance Ferratusco calling themselves, "Team Vansome." All proceeds will support Partnership for a Drug Free America. Cheer them on, donate and learn more here.



Prevent. Intervene. Get Treatment. Recover. Let’s all work toward a goal for a Drug Free America. www.drugfree.org



Purple was Vance’s color. Wear it in memory of him and have compassion for others. Vance was passionate about tolerance and acceptance. He stood up to bullying and was an advocate for It Gets Better Project. www.itgetsbetter.org.



Vance Phillip Ferratusco
April 5, 1981 - January 26, 2011

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March 18, 2011

The Face of Fitness Magazine

My loving niece Genevieve has embarked on a mission to become the Face of Fitness Magazine. In her crusade, Genevieve shares her true passion for fitness and how she's turning it in to do good in the world to help raise money and awareness for The Partnership for a Drug Free America.

Genevieve and her friends have formed "Team Vansome" and will be taking part in the the New England relay on June 11 & 12 running 220 miles to raise money for The Partnership for Drug Free. Check out their fund-raising page and support Team Vansome.

Please join me in supporting Genevieve to push her to the top in winning this week's Face of Fitness winner. VOTE HERE NOW! Voting is going on now through Monday, March 21. Vote every day - Thank you, Lenny

March 15, 2011

AIDS LifeCycle 2011

Please join the fight to end AIDS. This is a friend, Nicholas, who is riding the 2011 AIDS LifeCycle. Here is his note and video. Get involved, won't you? Help put and end to HIV/AIDS. Thank you, Lenny


From Nicholas: "To donate and or to find out more about the Aids LifeCycle Ride please visit http://www.tofighthiv.org/goto/nicholas.wise  Special thanks goes to Leon Trujillo @Ltrujillo83 of radoggmedia.com for putting this video together."


March 1, 2011

A Lifetime of Love: Vance P. Ferratusco

There’s a poem I read and shared recently with my family called “Five Minutes” by Annmarie Campbell. It’s a poem to her dad who passed away. Annmarie spoke about if she only had five minutes, the day her dad passed away. . .

I wish I had five minutes, Vance. I’d tell you all the things I needed to say, how much you mean to me and how much love, life and laughter you brought into my life. And how much I love you. The endless passion for life you not only brought to me, but our family and your countless friends.

You touched so many people’s lives in so many positive ways, it makes me smile. In your short, young life, you lived with many highs and lows, yet you never burdened us with your troubles. I only saw your beautiful smile and your big blue eyes and the compassion and love you had for other people.

I will never forget when I was a young teenager, the day you were born, I became an uncle. It was one of the proudest moments of my young life. I immediately felt our family bond grow stronger. And from there I watched you grow into a beautiful young man. In time, we grew from being family and became close friends.

We shared a lot throughout our lives and I’ve learned a lot from you and know you learned a lot from me. We shared some of the same passions, especially our love to communicate and reach out; most recently over the past few years with our love for social media.

And how can we forget music? This was one of your biggest passions that you shared with me and endless family & friends. I will always think of you when the radio is on, my iPod is playing or when there is a new release of our fav artists. I will miss our voice chats on AIM when you would share your music library with me and kept your uncle up-to-date with the latest and greatest. Latest? Heck it hasn’t been released yet, but it was on our iPods.

I miss your fun iconic name changes: V, Vancey Pants, V-licious, V-Town, Vansome. But most of all, I miss YOU. Your light, laughter and love will be forever in my heart. Rest easy, dear Vance. You’re with God now and in the arms of an Angel. God bless you.

Always my nephew, forever my friend.
Love always, Uncle Lenny XO


“If love were enough, you’d still be here with us.”
Celebrate Vance’s life with remembrance bracelets in keeping his spirit alive. These purple bracelets are $5 with all the proceeds being donated to drugfree.org in Vance's memory and honor. His spirit will live on forever. If interested in purchasing a bracelet, please contact Stephanie Prince via a Facebook message or on Twitter @SimplySteph11.          

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“Dance for Vance” Benefit
Vance’s co-worker Michelle organized a benefit dance in honor of our beloved, Vance. Sunday, April 3, 2011, 6 PM to 9 PM at Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square. Please join us, ALL are welcome! Learn more here.

Vance Ferratusco Memorial Benefit
Vance’s friend Tim is working with friends at Rumor/Venu night-club in Boston to celebrate Vance’s 30th Birthday on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. Performances by all your favorite drag queens and speeches by Vance's family and friend's. The night begins at 8 PM - ALL are welcome! Please join us, won't you? You can learn more here.

And finally, Vance’s loving sister Genevieve and friends are running the New England Relay on June 11 and 12, 2011.
Genevieve Ferratusco, Stephanie Prince, Mary Sullivan, Kaitlyn Neff, Brett Stenger, George Meyerle, Meg Donnelly, Donatella Fino, Crissy Conte, Molly Zuccaro, Maura O'Keefe and Chris Eldridge will be participating in the New England Relay (www.newenglandrelay.com) and running over 220 miles in memory of Vance Ferratusco as members of "Team Vansome". All proceeds will support Partnership for a Drug Free America. Cheer them on, donate and learn more here.



Prevent. Intervene. Get Treatment. Recover. Let’s all work toward a goal for a Drug Free America. www.drugfree.org



Purple was Vance’s color. Wear it in memory of him and have compassion for others. Vance was passionate about tolerance and acceptance. He stood up to bullying and was an advocate for It Gets Better Project. www.itgetsbetter.org.





Vance Phillip Ferratusco
April 5, 1981 - January 26, 2011

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