Wow! Waynesville, Ohio, certainly knows how to do fundraisers!
Last Wednesday evening I attended a fundraising dinner at the home
of Alan and Sue Eakle to benefit the Greene County Chapter (known as
Greenebucs) of National AMBUCS™, Inc. AMBUCS is a national non-profit
service organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence
for children and adults with disabilities through the provision of AmTryke®
Outside the Eakle home on Wednesday evening for the Greenebucs fundraising
event; this was the beginning of a most beautiful night with terrific
people. The food was fantastic, and I even got to judge a cake contest
with two other people. I loved the carrot cake! L. to R.: Me, Alan Eakle
(Greenebucs member and host of the event), Richard Lynch (of Richard
Lynch and His Musical Friends band and co-owner of Keepin' It Country
Farm), in front of Richard is Donna Campbell (co-owner of Keepin' It
Country Farm), Laura DeRamus and Kathy Heims (owners of Canada Goose
Gallery), and Karen Morris (with Canada Goose Gallery).
L. to R.: Pat McWilliams (member of Greenebucs), Laura DeRamus (Canada
Goose Gallery), me, and Alan and Sue Eakle (members of Greenebucs and
hosts of the event).
Thursday evening I participated in a candlelight vigil to honor those
affected by breast cancer and support those currently fighting the disease.
As many of you know, I am a thankful twenty-plus-year survivor of breast
cancer, and it was wonderful to see the street lit up with so many candles
Friday's show at Canada Goose Gallery was a happy time spent among
friends both old and new. Pat Campbell helped me at my signing table,
and she made the best apple pie I've ever tasted. She always makes the
best cookies, too, whenever I come to town, and I eat them on the way
home. It was also fun seeing my friends Randy and Ginny Myers, who came
to the show on Friday on their way to Ohio State University's football
game on Saturday.
Randy & Ginny Myers sure do love the Buckeyes! Here, they're
making "O" and "H" letters with their arms in keeping
with OSU's tradition of fans making "O-H-I-O" with their arms
during games. Don't you love their truck!
O-H-I-O will be released during my show with Gallery Art Center
in Columbus, OH, December 10-11. For more information, please contact
the gallery at 614-442-1109.
Friday evening we attended a fundraising dinner with live country music
and live and silent auctions to benefit Pals for Life Breast Cancer
Support Group at Keepin' It Country Farm. What a crowd and what fun!
The event was held in the barn at Keepin' It Country Farm, which
is owned by Richard Lynch and Donna Campbell. Their barn is featured
in my new Ohio
Poster. They had a barn-full!
Country music was provided by Richard Lynch and His Musical Friends.
I first met Cora at a fundraising event for Greenebucs that was
held in conjunction with a show with Canada Goose Gallery last year.
Cora received an AmTryke® therapeutic tricycle during that event,
which has greatly improved her mobility. She asked me to dance with
her Friday night, and she did great!
This beautiful quilt was made around one of my hand-painted fabric
centerpieces by Marian Gebele of Beavercreek, OH, pictured with me above.
The quilt was auctioned during Friday night's event to benefit both
Greenebucs and the P. Buckley
Moss Foundation for Children's Education. Another quilt will be
auctioned during the Foundation's fundraising dinner in Richmond, VA,
on November 4.
Before Canada Goose's show started Saturday morning, we participated
in a walk as part of Waynesville's "Hands Across the Country, Denim
and Pink Weekend" fight against breast cancer. Again, there was
a huge turn-out in support of this very important cause, and I was honored
to be part of it.
Good friends! L. to R.: Laura DeRamus (Canada Goose Gallery), Lee
Philpott (owner of the B & B where I stay when I'm in Waynesville),
Dawn Schroeder (Executive Director of the Waynesville Area Chamber of
Commerce), Barb Lindsay (Events Coordinator for the Waynesville Area
Chamber of Commerce), and me.
Participants arriving for the walk.
Laura DeRamus and me before the walk started.
It filled my heart with joy to see so many people of all ages (and
their dogs) come out in support of breast cancer.
During the walk, Hope was fitted by Greenebucs with a therapeutic
tryke, and she was thrilled to be able to participate. She and her tryke
are pictured above with Greenebucs member Alan Eakle and me.
This Friday I'm flying out to Iowa for shows with County Gallery in
Story City and White's Gallery in Osceola. I'll be with Pat Hill and
friends at Country Gallery on Saturday, October 30, and with the White
family and friends at White's Gallery on Sunday, October 31. This is
going to be a fun weekend, and we'll be releasing three new prints to
mark the occasion. I'm also very much looking forward to a get-together
with the Heart of Iowa Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society on Friday
Home of the Cyclones, above, features Iowa State University's Jack
Trice Stadium; and, Our Little Cyclone, below, features a brand
new ISU fan. Both prints will be available this weekend at Country Gallery
(515-733-2262) and White's Gallery (641-342-7152). For more information,
please contact the galleries.
Small Town 4th of July will be released during my show with White's
Gallery on Sunday, October 31. For more information, please contact
the gallery at 641-342-7152.
See you soon! Happy Halloween!