On April 6, 2014 - fans trended Monchele For Chrysalis worldwide on Twitter, in honor of the milestone for our Chrysalis fundraiser. We have officially raised $3,000 for Chrysalis in honor of Cory Monteith and Lea Michele. Have you donated yet? What are you waiting for? Donate now to Chrysalis, in honor of Cory and Lea.
Thank you to everyone who joined Bright Ambitions’ International Louder Collage Project - Screaming a little LOUDER around the globe for Lea Michele!
Introducing Montourage Unite’s #InFINNity Bracelet Sale! Thank you to Sarah, one of our MU members, for coming up with this brilliant idea and making these original and one-of-a-kind bracelets! Purchase something memorable - something that only you will know the meaning of.. and give back too! Money taken from this sale will go directly from your pocket to our fundraiser for Chrysalis, a non-profit organization that Cory personally worked with, dedicated to helping those struggling with low-income and/or homelessness.
- US and Canada only
- Sale will be open for a limited time
- Limited quantity is available (first come, first serve)
- Bracelet Types: gold/silver charm
- Donors may purchase more than one bracelet
- In order to make the perfect fitting bracelet, donors must tell us their wrist size (inches)
- Donate to MU’s Chrysalis Fundraiser ($10/bracelet) - Donors may purchase more than one bracelet!
- Fill out our #InFINNity Bracelet Sale Form! If you do not fill this form out in full, we cannot send you your bracelets. Submit this form after you have finished Step 1 (donated to the fundraiser).
- You’re done! Thank you for your donation. Your bracelet(s) will be shipped to you a week-month from the day you order them. Happy fundraising! When you receive your bracelet, tweet a picture to us at @MontourageUnite!
As of right now, the bracelet sale is sold out. Thank you to everyone who purchased a bracelet. Check back again when we restock!
Hi everyone! Desiree here. I am writing this to discuss the problems that Montourage Unite had to face in the past couple of months and what we have done to solve the issue.
Cory Monteith Tribute Shirts: August Sale
I know that some never received their shirt and I am so sorry about that. I myself never had the shirts; my assistant had them and sent them all out out on two occasions. Her status of the shirts is that they were all delivered, yet some did not receive them. I do not have any shirts with me nor have I ever had any shirts in my possession, hence it is difficult for me to distribute shirts to those that never received them. If you are one of the few that did not receive a shirt, know that we understand your frustration. Please email us at email@example.com, we would like to send you something else in apology and appreciation for your support and donation.
Our shirt sales will never experience this issue again because Montourage Unite is taking a different method. Our second shirt sale, which ended yesterday, is organized by an actual shirt company. We do not have the shirts and we do not have the responsibility of shipping the shirts out - they do! Being an official shirt company, they guarantee that everyone will receive their shirts no later than two weeks from now.
We know that the first shirt sale weakened your trust in us, so please accept our apology. Thank you for your cooperation and patience!
It has occurred to me that many giveaway items, whether they are frames from the frame sale, bookmarks, or raffle winners, people are receiving their rewards late. This will no longer happen - I have stocked up on postage for months that way everything will be shipped the same week that they are ordered. People should receive their rewards no later than two weeks from the day they order them. We hope that this will strengthen our credibility and trust.
Montourage Unite is Here to Stay
We will continue to grow, resolve issues, and get better. None of this would happen without everyone’s support, so keep it coming! Let us keep Cory Monteith’s giving legacy and humble personality alive. Happy fundraising!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our second tribute shirt sale. In just one month, we sold 35 shirts and have raised a total of $760. This total will be added to our fundraiser for Chrysalis, in honor of Cory Monteith. Chrysalis creates self-sufficiency and support for those struggling with homelessness, unemployment, and/or low-income. Shirts will be delivered no later than 2 weeks from now. If you ordered a shirt, when you receive it, share a picture with us via Twitter: @MontourageUnite. We would love to make a collage featuring everyone in their tribute shirts. Thank you, and stay tuned for more sales!
31 shirts sold so far, 50 shirt goal in total. Can we reach it? Less than four hours to go until the shirt sale ends! Purchase a tribute shirt. Money goes to our Chrysalis fundraiser, in honor of Cory Monteith. Even his friends purchased a shirt! Order one today. Shirts will be delivered no later than two weeks from today! CLICK HERE to purchase a shirt.
Last and final day to purchase a Cory Monteith tribute shirt. We have raised over $500 so far. The more shirts we sell, the more we make per shirt - all for Chrysalis, in honor of Cory Monteith! Purchase a Cory Monteith Tribute Shirt.
Lea Michele’s debut album Louder has been hitting the charts with flying colors, even reaching the #1 spot in some countries! Obviously Lea is so excited about this and we want to join in on the excitement! Bright Ambitions wants to create a group collage featuring fans all over the world that purchased Louder! Here is what you need to do:
- You must have an iPhone or good enough camera and a physical copy of Louder!
- Take a picture of yourself holding the album, and be sure to smile! Make sure the picture is a good size and good quality, and do not take it from a strange angle.
- That’t it! No signs, no digitally editing. We will take care of that! If you want to wear your Louder shirt or necklace, do it! If you want to represent your country, do it! Make sure the image is in somewhat of a square shape. Nothing too long or too wide.
- Once you are ready to submit, email us the picture at firstname.lastname@example.org - be sure to tell us your name, twitter account, and country you are from!
DEADLINE IS MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014
Thank you to everyone who participated. Presenting Montourage Unite Around The Globe - and believe me, there are thousands more from hundreds of other different countries. Thousands of people from all over the world, coming together to give back in honor of Cory Monteith.
Cory literally lived so much of his life in service of others. Or rather, knowing that all the success in the world would mean nothing if you didn’t take the platform you were given and try and help other people. Whether it was by being a voice for them, or championing them through causes or creating opportunities for them to succeed or making life better for them than it was for you. He lived in gratitude and he wanted to take his pain and help other people. Ensure that he could help as many as he could and that they would have better lives.
It wasn’t about the ‘fabulousness of himself’, it was about being a good person and helping as many people as one can.
It was always about other people, and that is something I will never ever forget. I doubt I’ll forget anything about him. He was such a beautiful man and he will always be remembered as such, but if anyone wants to remember one thing, let’s remember that. Whether we knew him personally or not, that much we knew. That much, the world knew. Anyone with eyes could see that for Cory, it was never about himself, it was always always about other people.
Let’s never forget what we’ve all sworn to remember, the beauty of that beautiful man’s mind, heart and soul.
Thank you for the support! With the success of this current sale, yes we will do another shirt sale in the future with a different design. We totally understand your point! We hope that you will participate in our future shirt sales. Thank you again!
We asked the question, “What has Cory inspired you to do? What Has Cory Taught You?” and received such beautiful responses on Twitter. Check them out below:
- "To be strong, to be myself, that life’s too short to be serious, to dream, to basically live."
- "To love myself more and more. Just be you! "Cause that’s good enough for me."
- "I want to be a teacher, I’ll be a teacher for Cory. He is my support."
- "To be myself.. just be original as I am because that is enough."
- "Cory taught me about the importance of kindness and generosity."
- "Cory Monteith inspired me to live my life to the fullest with kindness and acceptance of yourself and others."
- "That no matter what, you should do what you love, stand up for what is right, and never judge someone for who they are."
- "Cory taught me to always be myself and to help others."
- "Be nice with everyone, always smile, and enjoy things because everything can stop tomorrow."
- "Cory taught me that life was more important than the addictions I had, he truly saved me and I honor him every day for it."
- "Cory inspires people every day - donating to those less fortunate than myself even a small one can increase your self-worth!"
- "When dad died, I’d watch Glee. He cheered me up. He was a special man."
- "That no matter who we are, all dreams are possible and love and hope is important."
- "To love myself, be me, and stand for what I believe."
- "To be strong, to be myself, to fight, to love, to dream, and help beautiful charities."
- "To believe in my dreams and to love myself no matter what."
- "He’s inspired me to be a leader, dream big, and make the most of life because life is too short to be serious."
- "Cory taught me to never take life too seriously and to cherish everything that comes to you. That is why he is my hero."
- "To be positive in life and be myself and go after my dreams because anyone can."
- "Cory taught me how to fight, to live, to dream, and smile!"
- "Life is too short to be serious, kindness and generosity, live your life to the fullest."
- "Be proud of who I am and to not be ashamed of my past mistakes."
- "To live better. We just have one life!"
- "To treat the person you love the most like royalty."
- "To chase after my dreams and never give up. He also taught me how to accept others."
- "Cory taught me to be myself and always be responsible of my decisions."
- "Cory taught me to love as many as you could because life’s too short."
- "Cory taught me that it is okay to not have everything but to know that once you put your mind to it, anything is possible."
- "Cory taught me to follow my dreams, and the only person to make happy is yourself! I thank him for that."
- "That your past doesn’t matter, it is who you are today."
- "Cory was my light when all of my world was only darkness. He taught me to be a fighter and to fight all my life or be happy."
- "All my decisions today are based on what I think Cory would want me to do. He inspired me in a way no one else has."
Today is March 13, 2014 - which means it has officially been 8 months without our favorite guy. Stay strong, Montourage! Be sure to stay positive and remember the good. Remember his giving heart, amazing talent, and humble and goofy personality. Watch an episode of Glee featuring Finn Hudson, listen to Bonnie Dune’s EPs, and give back to a charity that was close to Cory’s heart.. like Montourage Unite’s Chrysalisfundraiser. In honor of Cory Monteith. Chrysalis is a non-profit organization that creates self-sufficiency and provides help to those struggling with unemployment or low income.
- Donate to Chrysalis, in honor of Cory Monteith - Our current total is $1,600. We are $400 from our next grant total of $2,000!
- Purchase a Cory Monteith Tribute T-Shirt (funds go directly to the Chrysalis fundraiser - all shirts will be shipped no later than two weeks after sale end: March 22, 2014) Shirts are $30 each and available to those living in the USA only. If you are located outside of the USA, try to contact and friend who lives in the USA to work something out. Good luck!
“There’s just something about knowing he’s watching everything I’m doing and feeling like I have to do everything now not just for me but for him. I also have a safety net below me — if I fall or if it’s too much, my friends and family will be there to catch me.” - Lea Michele
"Ever since I was little, I have believed in guardian angels. That people who are gone are still able to look over their loved ones on Earth. When Cory passed away in July, it was clear that heartbreak struck many. But even then, I didn’t question my belief that every family member, friend, and fan of Cory had gained another person to look over them. And today, on January 5, 2013, I got my proof.
I live in the Northeast United States, where we recently have had a series of winter storms that has left close to two feet of snow on the ground. Almost all of the roads are covered in a combination of snow, slush, and a slick sheet of ice. I’ve never had serious trouble driving in the snow, nor have many of my friends. So I didn’t think twice when one of my friends and I decided to travel a few hours away to our other friend’s dad’s house, despite the conditions.
The day before we were set to leave, I started to have a weird feeling. I knew the roads weren’t in the best shape, but we’d driven in worse. Still, I couldn’t help but think about a few weeks earlier, when some other friends and I had spun off the highway, narrowly missing a ditch. This made me think about my travels planned for the next day. I couldn’t stop imagining our car sliding off the road, or crashing into a tree. I tried to push the thoughts out of my mind.
That night, I looked through Twitter like I always do before I fall asleep. I was just about to stop scrolling when something caught my eye. It was a tweet from Cory that someone had retweeted. I hadn’t thought that I’d seen it before. This struck me as kind of weird, since I’d looked through Cory’s tweets often. It was a simple tweet, just three words, sent on April 24, 2012 at 8:59 PM. It said, “follow your instincts.” I retweeted it, kind of without thinking. It seemed like good advice. Then I went to sleep.
The next day, my friend and I left her house at around 3:30. Not even five minutes later, we were t-boned by another car who skidded past a stop sign. The car hit our rear driver’s side tire, and knocked us through a snow bank, and into a ditch. When we stopped, I looked to my right. My face was less than a foot away from a telephone pole. Thankfully, everyone was okay. But if we’d been sent just a few inches to the right, the outcome would’ve been severely different, and we may not have walked away from the accident.
We were lucky to escape with only a few hundred dollars worth of damage. All day, I couldn’t stop thinking about Cory’s tweet. I got goose bumps every time it crossed my mind. It might sound strange to others, but the all the events that transpired left me with a newfound sense of peace. I had known before that Cory was looking over us, and I never questioned that. But to have proof was a whole different thing.
If I’d followed my instincts and trusted the weary thoughts I’d had, maybe the accident wouldn’t have happened. Or maybe something worse would have. Either way, I’m not taking Cory’s advice lightly anymore. As cheesy as it sounds, this whole thing turned out to be a part of a crucial life lesson. In today’s world, it’s becoming easier to take things for granted. But since Cory’s passing, I’ve gradually learned to appreciate what I have. This whole incident was just part of that lesson. We have to be thankful for the lives that we are given, and the people that we love. And to take any of that for granted is a big mistake. Because you never know when it can be taken away from you.
So, like always, I owe thanks to you, Cory. I’m missing you more and more everyday, just like we all are. But you can be sure that we will never, ever, forget you or the lessons you continue to teach. Thanks for watching over us.”