Saturday, October 24, 2020

October...Day Twenty Four...

Greetings and salutations,

Back in 2001 I was asked to be a part of Hauntorama - a nonprofit organization based in LA lending the music from my Pumpkinland CD (here) for a project they were developing. I ran across the order form when I was cleaning out some files and decided to look into where'd they go? Where'd they end up?

I was able to find the color version of the book artwork (left) and the following description of Sterling Long-Colbo's orgranization, "In 2001, Long-Colbo founded Hauntorama, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles. Hauntorama developed their awareness, safety and abduction prevention/education programs in connection with Child Quest International (CQI); this two-year program was created to raise awareness of child abduction, and provide safety education nationwide leading up to Halloween – a night with significant abduction risks. He partnered Hauntorama with Radio Disney, secured $500,000 in nationwide media promotion, and distributed 75,000 Halloween Safety brochures in 44 markets nationwide, supported by public safety announcements in the same markets. Long-Colbo also secured Universal Home Video and Scholastic Books as sponsors, as well as securing the involvement of the families of Boris Karloff, he also created, art-directed and produced the Hauntorama website."

I do know that my music was heard on Radio Disney and was used in the promotion of the project. I was proud to be a part of raising awareness of child abduction and to lend a hand using my music.

I've done some online searches for my CD and other information regarding the program, but it looks like after 19 years it as all but evaporated.  I hope I was able to do some good.

Have a listen to "Pumpkinland":

Happy Haunting,

Mark Harvey

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