Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A great cause that needs your support ... this Saturday!

I don't endorse many things on this blog, and I'm typically selective about the charitable events I plug, but I wanted to make everyone aware of a benefit coming up this Saturday (the 19th) because its one that is close to my heart.

Tyler's uncle, Scott Morgan, passed away October 6, 2007, just hours after Sam was born. He was an amazing man with a giant spirit. Anyone who runs in local theatrical circles would have known him -- both he and his wife, Tammy Morgan, are a strong force in the Utah theater/arts scene as actors and musicians. Long before he married Tammy, he contracted HIV, and AIDS eventually took his life. It was a long, hard battle, but he was an inspiration through it all. Unfortunately, his illness left behind an insurmountable amount of medical bills which his wife is now responsible for. This is going to be a lifelong mountain she's going to have to climb, paying off these bills, and there has been a steady stream of benefits sponsored by the arts community in an effort to help her. This Saturday there is going to be a Craft Fair/Bake Sale from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM at Hale Center Theater (3333 Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City), the proceeds of which will go directly to Tammy.

I'm reaching out to you all in blogland for two reasons:

Please --

1. DONATE. If you have any skill whatsoever, from cupcake baking to photography to sewing to paper crafts - ANY skill or service - and you would be willing to donate an item or two, that would be fabulous! Whimsy is going to be donating quite a few arrangements and my hope is that a few of you uber-talented individuals will feel inclined to do the same. Donations can be dropped off at Hale Center Theater Saturday morning between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM (though they'll gladly take anything up until 1:00 PM), or you are welcome to drop them off here and I'll take them over when I make my delivery. If you have any questions, feel free to call Julie Blatter at 801-568-7806. Your donations are so appreciated!

2. ATTEND. I know how busy the weekends are, but if you can squeeze an hour out of your schedule to pop on over to Hale Center Theater, please do. Go for the food, or better yet, go buy one of our arrangements! Your support can make a difference.

On a side note, Tammy is an amazing woman. We all watched her care for Scott during his last year of life and were so touched by the love and compassion she showed both to him and everyone around him who was also affected by his illness. I will never forget the day he passed. Tammy left the University Hospital after he died and came directly to my hospital room at St. Marks to find solace in new life. She sat by me and held brand new baby Sam for the longest time while we talked about Scott. She brought such a peaceful feeling to our little room and I'm so grateful that Sam and I were able to share in that moment with her.

Thank you in advance for your support. It means so much to our family.

Saturday, January 19th
Hale Center Theater
3333 Decker Lake Drive
West Valley City

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