“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.”
Starting today (until March 22, 2014), fans will be able to purchase a Cory Tribute T-Shirt for $30! Money will go directly to Montourage Unite’s Chrysalis Fundraiser! Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment. Cory inspired us, and we are now coming together to inspire others!
Our first tribute sale went through a bit of rough patch due to shipping problems. We sincerely apologize to the few that somehow did not receive their shirts. All shirts were shipped at the same time! We are excited to announce that this will not be a problem this time! The company making the shirts for us will ship the shirts themselves. Everyone are guaranteed their shirts by April 5, 2014!
Note that this sale is only available for those living in the United States of America. 20 shirts must be sold in order for the company to ship them. I know that we will sell much more! Let’s make this fundraiser as successful as possible!
In celebration of reaching $1,500 for Chrysalis last night, Montourage Unite and Bright Ambitions are teaming up to hold a worldwide Twitter Giveaway! One lucky fan on Twitter will win Teen Vogue’s March Issue featuring Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff!
What You Need To Know
- This giveaway is worldwide, hence anyone from anywhere in the world can join!
- This giveaway will be held on Twitter, so you must have a Twitter account to participate.
How To Enter
- Follow Montourage Unite on Twitter
- Follow Bright Ambitions on Twitter
- RETWEET this tweet from Montourage Unite!
- REBLOG this post on Tumblr (if you have a Tumblr)
- You’re done! That’s it! You are in!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS OPEN
7:00 PM Feb 21, 2014 - 7:00 PM Feb 22, 2014
WINNER WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA TWITTER
To donate to Montourage Unite and Bright Ambitions’ Chrysalis Fundraiser, in honor of Lea Michele and Cory Monteith, click here!
Intro: Announcing a special, fun, and creative project in honor of our Chrysalis fundraiser launch for Cory Monteith and Lea Michele! Not every fan has the ability to donate to the fundraiser, but most fans have some form of photography! Whether it’s a camera or an iPhone, creativity is possible and a picture is 1000 words! Let’s come together to create a beautiful masterpiece in honor of this fundraiser, Cory, and Lea.
What To Do: Take a picture that represents one or more of the following: your love for Cory, Lea, Finn, Rachel, fundraising, charity, etc. Be creative, think of ideas, and stand out! Listed below are some ideas you can include in your picture.
- Pose in your picture with a poster, album, sign that you created, gift that you made, etc!
- Take a picture of a tattoo you got for Cory, Lea, etc!
- Dress up as Finn or Rachel for your picture or pose with friends!
- Take a motion picture of you doing a dance or making a funny face!
- Take a picture of you on the drums or holding a microphone!
In all, make sure the picture clearly represents something that has to do with Cory and/or Lea. Remember: BE CREATIVE!
- Make sure the picture is high quality- iPhone pictures are acceptable. Make sure the picture is not blurry!
- Do not digitally edit the picture (we will do this) and do not add text to your picture. You may hold a sign in your picture but do not add anything to the picture via a computer!
- Make the picture a normal shape. Nothing too tall, nothing too long.
- This contest is worldwide and anyone can join!
Ready to Submit?
Email us your image from your computer or even straight from your iPhone! Include your first name, Twitter username (if you have one), and country! Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE NO LATER THAN SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 2014 but the sooner the better!
Each and every one of you helped raise over $2,000 for our TWLOHA (To Write Love On Her Arms) fundraiser. Thank you!
We are happy to announce our next fundraiser! Thanks to your wonderful suggestions through our recent survey, we have decided to dedicate our next fundraiser to Chrysalis! Wait, there’s more. This fundraiser will be a joint effort with both Montourage Unite and Bright Ambitions, our non-profit community honoring Lea Michele. By combining these two communities into one fundraiser, we will be able to raise so much more!
Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment. The organization has been supported by Cory and Lea throughout the years. The annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball was one of the final events Cory attended, which Lea also attended. It is easy to say that Chrysalis was a very special cause close to Cory’s heart, and now to Lea’s.
Our current goal is $2,000! From previous efforts, we have already raised a total of $1,295! Montourage, “Leanatics”, fans, supporters, lovers of charity, givers, let’s all come together to make this the most successful project ever! Stay tuned for upcoming giveaways, trends, and projects. Montourage Unite is back and striving for bigger and better things!
Ready to Donate?
CLICK HERE to donate to Montourage Unite and Bright Ambitions’ Chrysalis fundraiser!
Keep in Touch! Updates, projects, giveaways, etc. will be posted regularly. You don’t want to miss out!
Since June of 2013, the Montourage has been raising money for TWLOHA (To Write Love On Her Arms), an organization providing help and creating awareness for those struggling with addiction, depression, anxiety, disorder, and self-harm. Through various sales like our successful tribute shirt sale, the Montourage has raised a total of $2,265! Well done, everyone!
On July 13, 2013, we all lost someone very special to our hearts. Cory would be very proud of our accomplishment! May we continue to pay it forward, and inspire others just like how Cory inspired us. May we continue to give back and support organizations and causes that are benefiting those in need! Thank you to each and every person who contributed to this fundraiser. Whether you donated, or simply spread the word, your effort meant so much.
Our TWLOHA fundraiser closed last month and since then, we have been planning our next fundraiser.. stay tuned for a very special announcement!
Cory Monteith fans, supporters, givers, lovers of charity.. please take our survey. Share your ideas and help us plan our next fundraiser and the future of Montourage Unite.
The time is finally almost here. less than 24 hours until Bonnie Dune’s “Miramar” EP release! “Miramar” features new music, performed by every member of the band, including Cory Monteith.
As for whether this is a farewell album for Monteith, the singer said, he would call it more of a “celebration of his life and what he enjoyed doing,” adding, “He definitely meant a lot to us and it was something that Cory really had a great time doing, we all did.”
Pre-Order “Miramar” right now and listen to Bonnie Dune’s hit single “Endless Summer” until tomorrow, when you can listen to the entire EP! Listen to a second song on the album before the big day: “Maybe Tonight” right here. Much love and support to our favorite band! Congrats to Justin, Joshua, Seth, and Jared!
- Maybe Tonight
- Burn It Down
- Endless Summer
- Shadow of a Man
- No Light
Bonnie Dune Remembers Cory Monteith & Talks New Music! "Justin and Joshua remembered their friend and bandmate, Cory Monteith, and shared some happy memories of their time with him."
Montourage Unite will be updating its store in the future with new designs - stay tuned! In the meantime, support our charitable endeavors and keep Montourage Unite alive by purchasing something from the MU store. Today only, free shipping on purchases. T-Shirts, iPhone cases, posters, cards, hoodies, and more. CLICK HERE to visit the Montourage Unite Store.
Is anyone else still expecting Cory to be in the background of one of these cast photos that keep being posted? Good, I’m not the only one…
To say the past 6 months have been hard is an understatement, missing Cory every day isn’t easy, especially when the reason most of us found him still continues. Glee is now preparing the 100th episode and regardless of matter how many candid photos we get, or tweets saying ‘the originals are all coming back’, we still feel a huge Cory shaped hole in our hearts.
The fans had a part in deciding how the episode would play out, at least when it comes to song choices. We were given a list of possible tracks to vote on and the top ones would be remade. The moment this was released, the twitter/tumblr Glee communities were voting and posting memories of their past favorites. One that came up a lot was ‘Don’t Stop Believing” and I believe that happened for a few reasons. Personally, I don’t think we should have been given the option to vote for this song, it was a song that encompassed everything that Glee would become to its fans, and it included our fallen hero, why would we want a new version of this song? To this point, we haven’t had an official confirmation/denial of this song being one that will be on the Glee100 episode. Hopefully, as a fan base, we had enough sense to not vote it in. Some of our favorite songs will be returning though and we have a couple duets to look forward to as well. All in all, we’re looking forward to this music volume!
There have been a lot of smile worthy previews for the episode already, the return of Hemo being one of the main ones. Leaked photos of Heather have all been silly, almost like she’d never really been gone. The instagram videos of the boys dancing near the poles and Chord snapping pictures with anyone he could get close to.. the cast looks like a family again! We also have the comeback of Dianna. She looks beautiful in all of her photos and her heart warming smile shows she too, is glad to be home. In the pictures, their smiles are all showing a happy glee-family, but their eyes are a little less bright without their Finn, their Cory. Lea has a preview for us in a simple black dress, hair pulled back, little make up.. could this be a tribute moment to her lost beau? The photos have answered some questions for us fans, but also created more. In these aspects, the excitement for the episode is definitely building.
There is the elephant in the room though: how will Finn be remembered in this important episode? This may very well be the last time the Glee cast is in whole (minus one) as a family, so it makes sense that there would be a mention, at the very least, of Finn. So far, we’ve seen his jersey in the locker room with a plaque underneath reminding us that his absence is very, very real. Will the cast gather around his plaque in the choir room? Will Quinn have a moment with his memory? Will some of the visitors to Glee club mention their favorite memories with our favorite guy? We can all hope that there are small reminders, times to laugh, cry, and miss our Finn along with the cast.
I hope, more than anything, that this episode feels like home again for us Gleeks. This show has brought a lot of people hope, love, bravery, confidence, and pride. Glee taught us that it is, and will always be, okay to show our true colors to the world, even if our paint is a little different than everyone else’s. Glee has opened eyes and hearts to how similar the souls of everyone are, regardless of their outside appearance, and how we must all try to outshine darkness with the light we were given in our spirits. Glee is more than a TV show to its true fans, and the celebration of the 100th episode of a group of people who turned into a family will be an amazing thing to watch. It’s easy to say that if Cory were here, we would’ve been smiling along with the rest of the family.
On Sunday (January 12), Project Limelight Society presented MIRROR, MIRROR, featuring 18 young performers, ages 8 – 13. They worked together to create a show for their friends, family and community. At Project Limelight, imagination is unleashed, curiosity is awakened and young people are given the opportunity to experience the magic of applause. The program offers youth living in Vancouver’s Eastside, a safe place to build an artistic community.
What The Montourage Can Do: Although most of us do not live in Vancouver and were unable to see the kids perform live, we know that they did wonderful! Let’s congratulate them and give them some fan mail! Something very simple, but will definitely make their day and show that their hard work was not only fun, but truly admired.
Email us your congratulatory note to Project Limelight at email@example.com. Be sure to include your name and country.
- If you’re not sure what to include in your note, commend their talents! Talk about Vancouver, the importance of arts education, etc. Try to refrain from “Cory is watching you” as we do not know their religious preferences and we want to talk about them!
- Keep the note on the short side. Don’t write an essay - one paragraph tops (medium sized).
- If you are comfortable, include a picture of yourself! Maybe hold a sign with a picture of Project Limelight or a sign you made yourself! If we have enough of these, we can make a really cool collage. Be creative!
Deadline: January 18, 2014
- Your messages will be cut and pasted into a handmade card, featuring a collage of your pictures and notes. The card will be sent to Project Limelight as a huge fan project. Happy writing!
Montourage: Will you be in Vancouver BC tomorrow?
“Project Limelight Society presents MIRROR, MIRROR, featuring 18 young performers, ages 8 – 13, who have worked together to create a show for their friends, family and community. MIRROR, MIRROR in the tradition of Pantomime, combines audience interaction, music, comedy and dance, and is suitable for audiences from the very young to the young at heart.
At Project Limelight, we want to unleash the imagination, awaken curiosity and give young people the opportunity to experience the magic of applause. Our program offers youth living in Vancouver’s Eastside, a safe place to build an artistic community.”
- Sunday, January 12, 2014 | 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM
- General Ticket $15 |Student/Senior Ticket $10 (BUY TICKETS)
- Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre,
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts,
149 West Hastings Street
Sending love to every member of the Montourage as we welcome 2014. It has been a year of grief, but also strength. Wishing love and good vibes for all of us in the upcoming new year. May we continue to grow stronger, cherish the people we love, never take anything for granted, and remember the good times - because no one can take that away from us. May 2014 bring more opportunity, happiness, contentment, and success in all aspects. Kick off this new year by giving back: support Montourage Unite’s TWLOHA fundraiser, creating hope for those struggling with addiction, depression, self-harm, suicide, anxiety, and disorder. To donate, click here.
"I noticed that four months ago, your website solicited artwork or messages honoring Cory Monteith. So here is mine.
I started watching “Glee” towards the end of Season 2 but soon went back to watch everything from the beginning.
As a 60-ish retired public school English teacher, I remember how it broke my heart to watch some of my students struggle with serious problems: substance abuse, dysfunctional families, mental health issues - knowing that their problems likely would follow them throughout life. So I was drawn to Cory Monteith’s story - that of a 13-year-old who had lost his way and, through hard work, appeared to have found it. I watched many interviews in which Mr. Monteith was articulate, unassuming, considerate of reporters. He is considered by all who have spoken about him to have been loving and kind, humble, other-directed, smart, talented, and hard working. He was joyful in his life and always grateful for it, as well as for opportunities in his profession. He was known for always taking time for fans—something most actors do not bother with except on a limited, superficial basis. He wanted particularly to help young people whose lives were similar to his own as a young teenager—to help them have hope, to help them discover how to let their abilities and gifts shine. The charities he chose (and worked with personally) attest to that desire. Those who dismiss him—or anyone, for that matter—as “just another addict” (or whatever) appear to have an incomplete understanding of addiction, as well as a lack of compassion for someone who clearly had struggled since he was very young.
Here was a man who had seemingly risen above his tough childhood—his addictions, his lack of direction—and had succeeded in “making something of himself.” Here was a man whom I respected and admired: for his hard work, for his obvious intelligence, for his kindness toward others (fans, co-workers, the press), for the way he handled himself in interviews, for the charities he supported, and, over all, for his humility and gratitude. Other people mattered to him. Here was a good man who deserved a good life.
Maybe that’s the root of my respect for Cory Monteith. Understand: never before had I found myself so attached to a TV show or someone famous. For example, when The Beatles came to the U.S. when I was 14, I couldn’t figure what all the hullabaloo was about, though I loved music. I was a sensible girl, a good student—not a screaming teenager. But since then, somehow, in the years I spent working and raising my family, I managed to miss three decades of music! With “Glee,” I could discover music I liked and then look up the original artist’s rendering of the same song and enjoy that, too.
So, still a “sensible girl,” I cannot understand why I’ve been so…what? obsessed? Since Mr. Monteith died, I have spent a portion of every day re-watching old shows, locating old interviews, even reading blogs. I have not shed a tear—but why am I spending all this time, over four months later, seeking information? Why am I reading fewer books than I’d normally read, leaving some of the housework undone? I truly do not understand. And I am embarrassed to tell my husband or my adult children or my friends.
Mr. Monteith made a lasting impression on people all over the world, not just in the U.S., and not just young people. I hope that his experience will encourage us to examine drug and alcohol addiction more closely to discover how addicts can better be helped. In addition, I hope his experience will shed some light on the need to educate children who are bright but bored—not nearly enough constructive attention is given to kids like that. Mr. Monteith was not just another actor who misused his fame and money to get high, to hurt those around him, and ultimately to destroy himself. Simplistic assumptions are so easy to make! To those who are quick to label anyone as “just an addict,” without knowing more about that person—well, they appear unwilling to look beneath the stereotype to try to understand how choices, sometimes made by mere children, can affect people forever. Clearly, though, here was someone who wanted desperately to be rid of his addiction and who worked very hard to rise above his misspent teenage years. I suspect that Mr. Monteith will be most remembered as the man he became—not “just an addict,” but a good man: one who worked hard, cared deeply about others, tried to help those who struggled, and had great joy in life itself.”