An Evening of Ass Kicking

Within about 24 hours of getting the news about Tate’s illness out, we got a call from our wonderful friends Jacques and Julia (Pistell – I’ll call her JP in this entry so that no one gets her confused with me) to let us know they wanted to plan a benefit to help with Tate’s medical bills.  As JP said, Jacques’ coping strategy for just about everything is to put on a fabulous event. I asked Tate how he felt about this and he said he felt tremendously grateful that he had friends who could and would do this for him when there are so many that struggle with Cancer and have no such resources.

For those of you outside of Hartford, Jacques and Julia work at the Mark Twain House and Museum.  HartBeat and The Mark Twain House have collaborated on several projects over the years and most recently HartBeat celebrated our 10th Anniversary in their “Great Hall.”  Now on Monday, April 2nd at 7pm, The Mark Twain House and Museum and HartBeat Ensemble will present,

An Evening Of Ass Kicking

-A benefit for Greg Tate

Of course the theme of the event was Jacques’ idea: Our favorite Hartford performers (as well as some out-of-state guests) will read, sing or dance a piece from their favorite ass-kicker, survivor or trouble-maker.  The evening will invoke the energy, spirit and laughter we can all use to help Tate kick this cancer’s ass.

So stay tuned for more info and announcements of performers as they are confirmed.  Save the date on your calendar. You won’t want to miss it.

Carry it on,


  1. #1 by Kali on March 11, 2012 - 2:57 am

    I’d be happy to perform!!!! Looking forward to being there! 🙂

  2. #2 by Elvy Stepinoff on March 11, 2012 - 12:19 pm

    Very nice, I hope we can join you in person.

  3. #3 by Anonymous on March 11, 2012 - 7:38 pm

    This is such an Awesome idea and thing to do…Anything and everything I say….I know Eddie and I won’t be able to attend, but whatever we can do to help…please forward how…We are not a rich family but we can try and pull something together. Certainly our Love and daily Prayers are there..We Love You Tate Man!!!

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