Act III: Saving the best for last!


ACT III: Saving the best for last!

It’s Day 3, you made it!
Ok, it’s the last issue of our newsletter this year. This one has pictures from this year’s Gala and our first ever A Night with US.
PLUS, alumna Tameka Carter wrote an original piece just for
The Unusual Suspects to share with you. 

(That’s the poem we promised you!)
With this new newsletter, we hope to have informed you, inspired you and entertained you. And most importantly, we want to thank you for
all you do to support the work of The Unusual Suspects. 

None of this would be possible without you.   Thank you from all of us at The Unusual Suspects!
* and check out our new website already, it’s awesome.P.S.: #GivingTuesday is fast approaching! Treat yourself first with Black Friday and Cyber Monday – then give back and treat US! Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for details.




Did you hear? ABC News did a piece on our 2015 Gala!
See us on TV!


Thanks to everyone who made our 7th Annual Gala such a huge success.  We laughed, we cried AND we raised lots of money to support this important work.
We can’t wait to do it again next year!

A Night with US:
Scenes from the Suspects
In late September we hosted our inaugural A Night with US: Scenes from the Suspects and it was awesome!At The Virgil, with board member Annabeth Gish as host, over 100 people watched 13 actors perform scenes from original plays written by participants from Edison Middle School and  incarcerated youth from Camp David Gonzales.We listened, we learned, we shared cocktails and we raised awareness and support for our transformative work.We are already planning our next one so mark your calendars for February 2016!  In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ll be presenting a selection of student written scenes about love and friendship. You don’t want to miss it!

Keep Going is an original poem
written by US alumna Tameka Carter

The storms of life will come. The winds and the waves will take you and spin you out of control. The rain will fall hard on you. Every drop will feel like rocks being thrown at you
and there is no relief. But no matter what, keep going.

It’s dark and cold. Every step you take is as scary as the next one because you can’t see. Vision is blurry; there’s no light to make your path clear. In fact, it gets darker and darker with each ounce of courage to take another step, but please keep going.

You scream out but can anyone hear you? Can anyone see the pain, the agony, the turmoil you are in? The louder you cry out the fainter your voice becomes. Why am I here?
Why do I exist? Is there a plan for my life? The questions continue to come,
but there is no answer. You must keep going.

You are playing tug of war with a giant, and you always lose. With each muster of strength and each bead of sweat that falls from your brow the rope is slowly slipping
from your hands. You fall on the ground in defeat each and every time.
Nevertheless, don’t give up, keep going.

“I know the plans I have for you” say’s the Lord.
A still small voice settles you and says, “trust me, I am with you.”

The raging waves settle into a calm body of water. The darkness that blinded you is now fading as you see a twinkle of light further down the road. The rain that poured heavily on you is gone and the sun begins to shine again. The giant that once bullied you runs in fear because it can’t stand in the face of your faith.
Keep speaking, keep sharing, keep believing
and keep loving because your voice is heard.

The path to destiny is a dangerous one; if you give up.

Greatness is inside of you. Joy lies ahead of you. Love will surround you.
Success will chase you down!


Tameka Carter

Thank you for all you do to make
The Unusual Suspects possible!

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