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The Solitary Dancer Fundraiser at Salt of the Earth
Posted: Sep 16, 2011

Dear Friends, Family, and Patrons,

I'm working hard to get the word out about a special event that I have been working on this summer with a small group of volunteers called The Solitary Dancer Fund which will take place at Salt of the Earth Restaurant in Fennville MI on September 24th 11am-2pm.  Below is the poster I recently designed. 

This is about helping my very dear friend Jill Lareaux whose figurative sculpture you may have seen exhibited in my schoolhouse, the Peachbelt Studio & Gallery and who is loved by all who know her for her gentle and loving personality.  She has recently been hit with a diagnosis of leukemia and is undergoing extensive treatments, and due to a string of circumstances Jill and her husband have no medical insurance to cover her treatment. You may have read the story about Jill's plight recently in our local Commercial Record newspaper.  But if you missed it, you can read about Jill at        

There will be many pieces of art auctioned during the event by many local artists such as;   myself, Judy Geerts, Mike Taylor, Teresa O'Brian, John Nelson, Jessica Bohus, Mark Chatterly, Margaret McDermott, Don Zenas, George Liebert, Stephan Hansen, Jeff Blandford,  Bart Woloson, Sydnee Goldstein Peters, and by Jill Lareaux herself, and many more. There will be more than art on the auction block as well - lots of great things have been donated like a week's stay at an absolutely gorgeous ocean-view home in Sayulita, Mexico.  (Check it out here!)  that sleeps 10, gift certificates, and lots more. We even have the Ox-bow School of the Arts auctioneers coming to jazz up the party!  All the proceeds from this event will go toward helping Jill pay for her treatment.      

If you would like to attend the fundraiser, I'd love to see you there.  You can make a reservation at or by calling my cell:  616-844-8552 or studio 269-561-5561 or Kim Kubiak at 269-857-3200.  If you can't attend, but can make a cash contribution, that would be helpful as well.  You can make out your check to The Solitary Dancer Fund and send it directly to me at PO Box 882 Saugatuck, MI 49453.  I'll see that it gets right into the bank account we have set up for her.  Or visit the website and click the DONATE button. 

We are still accepting donations of art and services for the silent and live auctions!

Your participation would really be appreciated, even beyond words!  Thanks so much.



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