a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that exists to help at-risk students who are on the verge of dropping out of high school stay in school.
Each year, Simon Youth Scholarships program awards one-time and renewable scholarships to high school students in every community that is home to a Simon Mall. Targeting first-generation college students and those with demonstrated financial need, the Simon Youth Scholarships program furthers the SYF commitment to extending educational opportunities to all students who want to learn, regardless of their circumstances
This past summer alone, the Hands That Rock was able to raise enough money to support nearly ten different charities that make a difference in communities all over the country and the world. We at the Hands That Rock are passionate about many things, and we are fortunate enough to be able to support wonderful organizations whose causes include music education, cancer research, and environmental preservation. Below you will find a list of the organizations we have supported recently, but to find a complete list of charities that we fundraise for, or to donate, check out our website.
Boston GreenFest is an annual festival which aims to inform the public as to the many ways green living can make a positive impact on our world, city, neighborhoods and each of us.
MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.
The Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC) is a non-profit organization and collaborative movement committed to building a stronger and more diverse music community in greater Des Moines. Their mission is to aggressively advocate, sponsor, and develop an independent, progressive live music community in greater Des Moines for the purpose of urban revitalization, regional economic development, and the retention of our region’s youth and future.
The Love Hope Strength Foundation is an international, music-centric cancer charity dedicated to saving lives, one concert at a time. The mission is to save lives, right now, with the advances that have already been made in cancer care.
The mission of the Newport Festival Foundation is to maintain the famed Newport Jazz Festival® and the Newport Folk Festival® in perpetuity, to be presented at historic locations, including Fort Adams State Park and other facilities in Newport, RI.
Ozark Area Youth Organization serves children ages 5-18 through athletic opportunities in order to produce healthier, happier and well-adjusted citizens. These activities are design to nurture physical fitness, self-confidence, the ability to follow directions and a healthy competitiveness through interaction with team members and coaches.
The Forecastle Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to find, rehabilitate, and preserve 12 of the most ecologically diverse yet endangered areas on the planet.
In order to make the transition from summer to fall as easy as possible, we have curated a great lineup and hope that you will join us in attending some of these events! We've got you covered from Labor Day weekend to the last days of September and have made sure to schedule shows all over the country. Keep reading to see if there's an event near you!
The Hands That Rock has been inducted into the Providence Monthly's Superlatives Club as the Rhode Island charity with the "Biggest Heart." In its recent issue, the magazine not only recognized the Hands That Rock, but wrote an entire article on our organization and our achievements. We are so proud to receive this superlative and would like to thank our supporters because without you, we would not be able to do what we do. To read this great article, click here.
And to learn more about what the Hands That Rock does or to make a contribution, click here.
Margaret Rankin joined The Hands That Rock in July 2015 as director of business development and corporate sponsorship. She also works with music tour bookings for Stagehands Massage. Margaret comes from a background in business development, corporate communications and media in the UK, the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Before coming to us, Margaret worked with the Business Council for International Understanding in New York to implement U.S. Trade & Development Agency contracts. She also consulted for the Washington Post and the Glover Park Group in Washington, D.C.
In 2013 and 2014 Margaret was director of business development at The Webster Group, a D.C. event-planning firm. While there she wrote the proposals that won $2 million in contracts and worked on the production of events including the Congressional Medal of Honor Convention in Knoxville, TN, and the first visit to Washington of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Margaret moved to the East Coast in 2012 from Denver, Colorado, where she was director of communications and marketing for LeashLocket, Ltd. and consulted for Fruition.net, an SEO firm. In 2009 and 2010 she was director of media and public relations at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand.
Previously Margaret was communications manager at Kingfisher, plc in London, and communications manager for Thames Water in London until it was acquired by Australia’s Macquarie Group. Immediately following the sale she consulted for a year with the Corporate Relations Europe division of Diageo at the company’s London headquarters.
Margaret transferred to Thames Water from its parent company, German utility RWE, where she was a press spokesperson at the company’s headquarters in Essen. While there she worked in corporate communications and wrote speeches for public and company figures including then-Prime Minister Tony Blair and the CEOs of RWE and its UK subsidiary npower.
Before moving into corporate work Margaret was a journalist, serving as managing editor of Italy Daily, an International Herald Tribune collaboration with Corriere della Sera in Milan; as a political editor at the English edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Frankfurt, Germany; as a desk editor at the Washington bureau of the German Press Agency, dpa, and as a reporter at The Washington Times, also in Washington, D.C.
Margaret earned her B.A. in Humanities from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 1999, she was named an Arthur F. Burns journalism fellow by the International Center for Journalists. She speaks fluent German as well as some Spanish and French, and lives in Rhode Island.
The Hands that Rock supports a great number of charities dedicated to a variety of causes. This past month, with the help of Stage Hands Massage and Celebrity Massage For U, our organization had the privilege to help out several great organizations including the Love Hope Strength Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Springs, Ozark Mountain Youth Organization, and the Chillicothe Middle School's Booster Club.
The Love Hope Strength Foundation is the world's leading rock and roll cancer foundation and it works to promote awareness and outreach through music. This organization has done a fantastic job at engaging the public and encouraging people across the globe to sign up for the International Bone Marrow Registry.
The Boys and Girls Club of Palm Springs is a terrific nonprofit organization in the greater Palm Springs, California area. This organization is dedicating to enabling children and teens, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as caring, responsible citizens through supervised after school, summer, and winter programs.
The Ozark Area Youth Organization serves children ages 5-18 through athletic opportunities in order to produce healthier, happier and well-adjusted citizens. These activities are designed to nurture physical fitness, self-confidence, the ability to follow directions, and a healthy competitiveness through interaction with team members and coaches.
Stage Hands provides bodyworking services for the performance industry worldwide. We provide massage, chiropractic care, acupuncture, yoga, personal training and other health/beauty services. Our bodyworkers are licensed and insured and strive to make the lives of performers and their crews more comfortable while they're on the road.