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Off to teach the monks

Dear Editor:On Jan. 27 I threw a fundraising party at Steve’s Guitars to help pay my way to Dharamsala, India. For those of you who did not read the stories that ran in our lovely local rags, I was invited to the Namgyal monastery to teach the monks how to make movies.Because of the generous support of so many amazing people and local businesses, I am now able to go and share what I know with the monks. We raised about $1,700, which is way more than I anticipated considering that I only asked for a $10 cover charge and a donation for your projected drinking. About 100 people showed up throughout the evening, opening their minds and their pocketbooks to my cause; I have never seen Steve’s so packed. We had four live musical acts including the Hideouts and the surprise hit trio, John, Jesse and Oli. We had 10 short films that provided some dramatic and comic relief. We had lots of beer, wine and bread that was all generously donated by Mr. C’s, Catherine Store and Catherine Bakery. Davey Roach arranged all these incredible donations of food and drink, and the party tasted good because of her efforts.We had all kinds of awesome giveaways, like gift certificates to the Smithy, the Goat (the new Mediterranean joint on Main) and Allure Medi Spa in GWS. The Geo Store provided Amy Goodman’s new book and a pair of lovely hemp socks. Then there were all the local celebrity artisans who donated work to sell at our auction: Terry Fontaine, Chuck U. Farley, Jessica Fitzgibbon, M. Smith Boone and Olivia Pevec. All in all, I would say that it was a huge success, thanks to the multitude of wonderful people that came out and contributed their precious time and fantastic talents.As I reflect on this event, I have to mention how humbled I feel to receive so much support from this valley. This sort of behavior speaks loads about the character and strength of our community that I have come to call home. I am proud to be a member of this community, and, in return, I would like to share my experiences abroad with a monthly report to print in the Valley Journal. I can’t even begin to explain how grateful I am that so many beautiful people helped me to realize my dreams. So, thank you from the bottom of my torn and scattered heart. The next time you hear from me I will be in northern India documenting the Dalai Lama, thanks to you.Hamilton PevecCarbondale


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