Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Art for Charity...

After the fun and games of today (my mother was hit by a car this morning, been at the hospital most of the day) Unfortunately I will not be attending the charity event this evening as planned... BUT my Art still will. 
I have donated 7 pieces to a Double-Bill FUNdraiser a dear friends daughter is hosting. This is being posted later than planned too, I'm still hoping a few Ottawa Peeps can make it out to this FUN event! :O)

Her email to me:

Just dropping a quick line to explain the FUNdraising part of my lil' party, and of course to thank you profusely for your help!

The event is being held on Wednesday, April 18th at the LookOut Bar on York St. It (as all events I organize are) is a pay-what-you-can/if-you-can event, with donations being gratefully accepted ( none too big or small! ). I'm also holding a raffle with awesome prizes from local artists, musicians and businesses, emphasizing the amazing talent we grow around here! There will also be a 50/50 draw
The Funds raised are being split to support two different causes this time, both very close to my heart. 
The first is the Coalition for Justice for Levi, a campaign that I have been helping with since 2009. In the summer of that year, Levi Schaeffer, a member of the community in Peterborough, Ontario (where I was a nursing school student) was fatally shot by the O.P.P. in Pickle Lake, Ontario. In the time after Levi passed, his family was unable to ascertain exactly what happened to him in great part because the Officers involved did not submit clear and contemporaneous notes from which the Special Investigations Unit ( a civilian led body that investigates situations of force involving police officers ) could draw conclusive evidence. The pain of not being able to find out what happened to their son and brother caused the Schaeffer family to join with the family of Douglas Minty, another Ontario Resident who was shot with similar results, to start the long procedure of changing legislation of how police react in such situations, specifically that the decision be taken that they are not allowed to have their notes vetted by O.P.P.A. lawyers before being submitted. In November of 2011 there was a unanimous decision made at the Supreme court of Ontario that in fact supported this legislation. It was truly a victorious moment for the Coalition. Since then, however, the O.P.P. has appealed this decision, and so the process continues, and support is still needed. To find out more about the Coalition for Justice for Levi, you can visit , or to see a really awesome and very comprehensive video about the situation check out
The second half of the proceeds being donated as an In Memoriam gift to the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center. In Febrary of this year I was devestated to find out that my best friend from childhood, Leanara Gallo was killed near Bakersfield, CA, where she had recently moved to from L.A.. Leo was fierce woman, a beautiful person, and a queer activist, and as such her family has asked that commemorative gifts be made to the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, where she had done some work in the past. The L.A.G.L.C. is a multi-service community center that supports the GLBTQ community in L.A. To find out more about the services they offer please visit their website at
Once again, I would like to thank you a million times for your help with this event. I am so happy to be able to take this opportunity to support these endeavours before leaving the city, and I couldn't possibly do it without you. 
Donations from KeepSake's Crafts:
3 Greeting Cards:

3 4 X 6" pieces of Small Art:

Mixed Media Piece:

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