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14 September 22nd, 2010 In honor of ATWT’s Van Hansis & his B-Day, fans help raise funds for Arts Student!

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In honor of Van Hansis’ upcoming birthday (which is in just a few days, September 25th!), fans of  the actor who played Luke Snyder on As the World Turns for almost the last five years, are continuing their fundraising efforts that they started a few years ago.  This is the third year his fans have sponsored a student at Van’s high school…Walnut Hill School for the Arts.

For the past two years, Van’s fans have raised over $15,000 for a theater student at the school. This year, their efforts for funds started slowly, but as of Friday morning, September 17, 2010, the day of the final episode of ATWT word from the school was that the donations had shot up to $13,400!

Van has always made it clear to his fans that his education is something that is important to him and he is very proud of both places he began learning his craft; Walnut Hill and Carnegie Mellon University.  The fan group is continuing to pay it forward and help another student at the school who might some day touch their hearts the way that Van has as Luke Snyder.  For more information, and how you can donate to help a student in the arts in honor of Van click here


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  1. Colleen says:

    Great job done by the organizers! I was very happy to participate in this cause to honor Van and to help the student. Lovely to see someone like Van supporting such worthy endeavor. Kudo’s to “T” on this!

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  2. MGG says:

    That’s a wonderful inititative. Van Hansis deserves we raise a lot of money on his name. Thank you for this article, Michael.

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  3. MGG says:

    I found the message Van sent to his fans who participated to the Walnut Hill Sponsorship Initiative on Van’s name for his Birthday in 2008. This message is full of Love and Humility:

    “hey everybody!

    it’s van. it was great to see a bunch of you on sunday at the broadway cares/equity fights AIDS flea market. i hope those who made it out to new york had a blast. i did. i really like that event. its really cool to see broadway open it’s stage doors to daytime….stupid joke. whatever, i think it’s funny… its nice to mingle with actors outside the medium. it’s nice to see our fans again, and it’s nice to see all the broadway fans who have no idea who we are but are like “hell, they can sign my poster anyway!” but most importantly, its a great event because it is for a great cause (which, thanks to you all this winter, has 6,575 dollars more than it did before to help people who really need it!)
    i guess that is the message of this letter i am writing: helping out a great cause. Walnut Hill is a great school, and it’s dedication to education through the arts, is a rare one. however, Walnut Hill is a private school, and thus, students and their families have to pay their way. the school is very generous with scholorships and never wants to turn away a student due to thier financial background, but sometimes the school needs help. and you all, through your donations and dedication, helped give a student the help he needed. you raised $7,100 to date for this student. that is amazing. and you did it in my name. that is one of the kindest, most humbling experiences of my life.
    having spent four years in natick, at walnut hill, i know what this student will gain from his education. not only will he recieve a world class liberal arts education, which will prepare him, if he so chooses, for a world class liberal arts college. in addition, his education as an actor will prepare him for the best schools of drama in the country. he will learn the value of work. he will learn that as a performer, there is nothing you cant do if you have put the work in beforehand, and if you learn to trust yourself. and he will also make a family. the friends you make in boarding school are the friends you have for life. they are truely a second family, and a support network you have with you forever. maybe most importantly, he will have the time of his life.
    walnut hill was, and will always remain an incredibly important part of my life.
    i see life sort of as a chain; one decision or experiance links to a previous experiance which links to a previous experiance and so forth. right now i am on as the world turns, which i feel i never would have gotten without the education i recieved from carnegie mellon which i feel i wouldnt have been admitted to without the base of training i got at walnut hill. its sort of like a choose your own adventure book! by this rationale, i am very excited for the student you have sponsored. by being at walnut hill now has a wealth of possibilites opened up to him due to his education.
    so again, thank you. thank you seven thousand one hundered times. you are a very special group of people. i hope you know that. for you to give so generously, and to give in someone else’s name, speaks volumes about you who you are as a person. it’s not what you say, it’s what you do that counts. to me, and more importantly to the student who you are helping and his family, what you are doing means the world. thank you.
    with love and admiration,
    van
    ps. please forgive any spelling/grammar mistakes. that’s just how i roll. ”

    Those words make me love Van Hansis even more.

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    Valier replied

    So that’s Van who wrote that message! That’s incredibly sweet of him. Such lovely words! And yes, education is almost everything in a human’d life. Van got it totally right!

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  4. Becky says:

    Congratulations to everyone who participated (and continue to participate) in such a worthy endeavor. I’m so proud of this collective fanbase’s generosity when it comes to great causes such as this. I’m sure the student will benefit tremendously from this, and education IS so important. And amazed that this has almost surpassed the total of $15,000 for the last 2 years combined. Keep up the good work & show Van your appreciation for making Luke what he was to all of us. Props to T as well for organizing this & making it such a success. Glad to help in any way I could.

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  5. L says:

    Great initiative! Van Hansis is an amazing actor and a generous man. His love of education is very inspiring.

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    Stefanie replied

    Awesome! Thanks for writing about this, Michael.

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    Stefanie replied

    Oh, by the way, the organizers said the total – as of earlier today – is now $15,030!

  6. kwbalan says:

    Wonderful cause in the name of a wonderful actor. Kudos to Van Hansis for his incredible portrayal of Luke Snyder for 5 years.

    Thanks Michael for this great article!

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  7. mmc says:

    It really is an honor to contribute in Van Hansis’ name.it’s my thank you to him for the incredible performance he gave us for so many years as Luke Snyder.I’d like to wish him a Happy Bithday Van.We’re missing you so much as Luke but hope to see you in future projects.I’m sending my love and best wishes to a lovely young man and a terrific actor!

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    Valier replied

    That’s a lovely message. I totally concur. I love you, Van !

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  8. D says:

    Van’s Birthday is tomorrow, 9/25: you can still donate to his alma mater, the Walnut Hill school: http://www.walnuthillalumni.org/s/116/index.aspx?sid=116&pgid=371&gid=1&cid=1016&ecid=1016

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  9. VICTOIRE says:

    It is a really great initiative!! Happy Birthday, dear Van !! Your magnificent talent is so worth all the donations !!

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  10. Biblio says:

    I heard that the total was two weeks ago beyond $18000!! It must be now beyond $20000!!

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