As I write this I’m about 30,000 feet in the sky. Gotta love iPhone apps! I was just reflecting on my time here in Flagstaff AZ and the impact this event will have on many lives.
I performed at a fundraiser that benefitted the American Cancer Society, and to fund their quest in finding a cure and supporting those battling various cancers. I was a little out of my element at the “Denim and Diamonds” event, but I was reminded of the universal connection art has on people.
Throughout my 4 painting performance, which included images of Mick Jagger, Johnny Cash, Audrey Hepburn, and Einstein, I shared my story and encouraged the audience to be generous during the evenings auction.
The amazing thing is I can perform and paint on stage but it is still ultimately up to the generosity of the folks who actually bid on the paintings. Just my paintings alone (and the vest I was wearing) brought in over $15,000 and the evenings total was just over $96,000 from other items. For a room of only a few hundred people, that just rocks!
I just want to thank all of the great people that were in the room last night. A lot of people battling cancer will have more hope knowing they are not alone, and we are all fighting for them.
Next stop, USC on Monday night!