The time has come! The end of one era, the beginning of another. This will be my last official post for Duke City Fix as I transition to a new format for my blogs. Saturday we will shut down Duke City Fix forever. What better way to make this transition than by showing how a community comes together!
As all of you know, the natural disasters in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, Mexico, etc., have been devastating and heartbreaking to watch from the sidelines. I was horrified by a photo I saw of senior citizens in a nursing home sitting waist-high in water in complete distress. I knew I had to do something. I simply posted on Facebook asking if anyone wanted to organize a fundraiser for the hurricane victims. Keep in mind, this was prior to all the other natural disasters that came after Harvey.
Within a matter of minutes people were responding saying, “What can I do?” Friends I know well, some not-so-well, and even friends from my childhood were ready to pitch in and help. I had all these people willing to help and no place to actually host the fundraiser. Luckily, the wonderful and generous women of Found on 4th said that they would be happy to host the event!
I met with Heather and Katrina of Found on 4th, and it was suggested that we combine the fundraiser with their second anniversary celebration. The date was set for Saturday, September 30, 2017. We only had a month to organize! After our discussion, we decided that artisan vendors, a food truck, an art making station, live music, and a raffle and silent auction were in order. We set a modest goal of $2000 and decided that the money raised would benefit the Houston Food Bank and the Texas Diaper Bank.
Our friends sprang into action and slowly but surely the donation items started rolling in. Vendors were selected and all are donating something to the raffle. Posters and flyers were created and the word started spreading. Friends from all over the country started to spread the word and items from artists and businesses from as far away as Seattle and Maine started arriving. In addition to the raffle and silent auction, Found on 4th is donating 10% of their sales for the day!
It has all come together beautifully and effortlessly. In the current divisive political climate, it has been reassuring to know that when others are in distress, people will help…even New Mexicans helping Texans! Political affiliation doesn’t matter, skin color, religion, gender, age, none of that matters. What matters is that a group of community-minded folks from Albuquerque have come together and are making something beautiful happen.
I hope that all of you will join us for our Found on 4th Helping Houston Fundraiser. If you can’t make it, I hope you do something to help even just one person in need. It’s a good thing.
Here is more information about the fundraiser and some photos of the donations we’ve received!
Found on 4th Helping Houston
Raffles for wonderful artisan-made treasures, gift certicates, items from all over the country!
A silent auction of amazing art, jewelry, house concert!
Make and take art!
Live music from La Rondalla de Albuquerque (10am - 11am) and Seth Hoffman (between 3-5pm)
And so much more!
$5 for 6 tix, $10 for 12 tix, $20 for 25 tix
The silent auction will run for one week at Found on 4th ending October 7th.
Please invite your friends and let's help our Texas neighbors! Check out our Facebook invitation and see photos of many of the silent auction and raffle prizes!
I.B. with Bowl #1 - oil on canvas by Mark Horst