Sunday, November 23, 2014

Save the date! December 14 Fundraiser

For Immediate Release

For more information:
Amy LaBossiere, (860) 543-3244

Artist Friends Create Fundraiser to Help West Hartford Family Who Needs Kidney

Hartford, CT — [November 23, 2014] — John Toomey needs a kidney, and his artist friends want to help. Spearheaded by Amy LaBossiere, Caresse Amenta, Marni Schiffres and Rachel Sclare, the four artists organized this pop-up event to have 100% of the proceeds to go to the John Toomey Kidney Fund. This one-day-only event will be held on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Hartford ArtSpace Gallery, 555 Asylum Avenue in Hartford, CT, from 12 to 5 pm. A $5 suggested donation will be collected at the door. 100% of all money raised will be donated to the John Toomey Kidney Fund.

The Toomey’s are grateful for the community support. A relative created an online fundraiser that has allowed them to hold onto their mortgage while John Toomey has been out of work on disability. In addition to the normal bills, the co-pays from multi-ple office visits and medications are stacking up, and insurance covers only part of some services. Toomey’s wife, Dawn Manogue, has been close to the Hartford art scene for many years, organizing The Oracles, a community tarot art show of 22 artists in 2012 and other art shows. Read more about their family and their medical struggles here:

Manogue said, “Our family is grateful not only for the financial support but also for being surrounded by a creative and giving community that looks to help one another.”

LaBossiere said, “When I learned about what our friends were going through, I was moved to help in some way. I thought if I rallied some mutual friends, we could create a pop-up event, raise money for the family and give artists and local vendors a chance to sell their wares for the holidays. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

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