Thank you

March 3, 2009

So many people contributed to the success of our Mardi Gras fundraiser. I’m old-fashioned; I’ve sent hand-written thank-you notes. I wanted to use the modern tech tools and give a shout out and link to the people who helped us raise $600 and have a good time doing it.

The J Hatch Trio: There would be no fundraiser without the generosity and talent of my brother, J. I asked him to play our benefit on his vacation and he leaped in with both Converse, low-top happy feet. J volunteered his time, talent and money during his short six-day vacation in Oregon. He wrote charts for the performance and  rehearsed with Corvallis local musicians Ray Brassfield, the bassist, and Fred Berman, sax and clarinet, on Sunday and Tuesday afternoons. They offered a lively, 2 1/2 hour set with only one break; Fred had serious back pain and played on. They improvised a selection of jazz standards and a few tunes with a New Orleans groove for an appreciative crowd up front and a packed house of noisy diners. The trio also played many original songs and arrangements by J Hatch, including a lovely ballad, “Wonderful and Rare.” J’s most recent CD, “The Birmingham Sessions,” is available at Grass Roots Bookstore in Corvallis.

Block 15: Nick and Kristen Arzner did a great job of offering a venue with good food and fine local beer for a good cause. Nick and Kristen pay the musicians who provide their live entertainment and their business has deep roots in all things local, including admirable sustainability practices. It was a win-win-win evening. With a smile and lots of energy, Jeri kept the beer and the Cajun cuisine on our tables all night long.

Mamadou, from Senegal, loaned J his djembe for the evening. Neal, a music instructor at Oregon State University, loaned J a keyboard. And J, Ray and Fred joined his students for a jazz improv class on Tuesday.

Natalie Lutnesky, with Faculty, Staff & Fitness at OSU, designed the public relations campaign and poster for our event. She volunteered her time and talents and sent press releases to local media.

Local businesses displayed our poster, including Grass Roots Bookstore and Troubadour Music Center in downtown Corvallis.

Big-hearted Ika Fifita, from OSU, tacked up posters all over campus and town.

Isis Initiative board members, Samanda Dorger, Melanthia Peterman and Alice Anderson joined me on this journey to raise money and awareness to help offer college educations to women overseas. They offer regular inspiration and have my six.

And friends and neighbors who came to support the cause with their applause, appreciation and donations:

Martha and Dave Anderson, Don Ferguson, Sharon Johnson, Earl Newman, Barbara Gast, Phil McClain, Amoris Walker, Charlotte Campbell, Carol Soleau, Ruby Moon, Jeanene Louden, Ellen Fuller, Bev Brassfield, Corinne Fletcher and Brandon, Beth Rietveld and Sam Stern, Ika Fifita, Nick and Kristen Arzner.

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