LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Sending Susan some love
December 29, 2009 · Updated 11:23 AM
To the editor:
My heart swells with gratitude as I report about the success of our recent benefit and silent auction for Susan O’Brien.
We were very successful in our efforts to raise funds to assist Susan with her medical and living expenses. And we had a great time dancing, eating and buying great gifts while we were at it.
There were 159 auction items that people generously donated, most of which were from friends of Susan. There were some businesses that also donated services and food items, including I Design, PayLess Foods, the Goose Grocer and Boomerang. In addition, there were more than 50 volunteers that helped with the event.
Special thanks goes out to Kate Grossman for her auction assistance, and all of the fabulous musicians who performed — Ken Pickard and the Zydeco Explosion; Dan Monte Calvo, Michael Huber, Denise Carboni, Timothy Hull, Susanne Ohrvik, Kat Fritz, Joni Takanikos and yours truly. Jim Freeman also brought his bright spirit at then end of the auction.
We were also fortunate to have the benefit video taped by Robbie Cribbs, Elliot Cribbs and still photos by Clancy Dunigan. Robbie edited the video down to a wonderful version that Susan can watch when she is home sick. Another highlight for Susan was all the beautiful prayer flags that Susanne Ohrvik prepared for people to write their prayers on. Susan now has those draped around her room.
She is truly surrounded with our love.
Susan has been transferred from Harborview Medical Center to a care facility called Life Care Center in Mount Vernon. She is receiving occupational, physical and speech therapy daily and would love to have more visitors. More information is available at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/susanobrien. There is also a Web site for ongoing work parties at her studio at www.susansstudio.word
press.com. Donations are still being accepted at Whidbey Island Bank, Susan O’Brien Fund.
Once again, I am proud and humbled to be part of this incredibly generous and creative community. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.