haiti relief follow-up!

posted on: February 03, 2010

wow. i am really beyond words!
and my words will definitely fall short...

the sense of community was palpable on friday evening!
i've never felt anything like it.
a melting pot of 
gathered together to do what they could, to help a nation rise. 

the elements in the following pictures
 create a perfect and intoxicating concoction 
that make me weak in the knees!
they create warmth, hope, inspiration and fulfillment.
a feast for my senses and then some!

most importantly i was struck with an epiphany. 
for once i deeply grasped what we as people should be doing...
and how we as a community should be living and loving! 

(photo by mike young)

a HUGE thank you goes out to each and every one of you who participated in this event!
whether you donated your time, talent, and efforts or just attended the benefit, it could not have been possible without each and every one of you!
collectively, we raised approximately $4000 for this event!!!
it was wildly successful and a powerful fulfillment of our vision as a community!

here is a sweet video summary created by the mustang daily!

special thanks go out to:
{please let me know if i left someone off of the list!}
jen and brandon manuele
sally loo
all the workers at sally loo's!
members of slo refuge
all of the talented face painters!
dan and jodie davies
travis adelman
the wells family
pacheco kindergartners and daria hernandez
mary o'neill
craig van rooyen
heidi shelton
jim ringley
adela soo
neal breton
sharon burnett
andy padre
yvonne macias
ashley kitto
becca flaiz
michael young and tommy panigot of le grand cru
shannon and jesse moore
matt cross
amy williams
adam pasion
crooked wheel
sierra chavez
black water union
josh collins
jon gallo and alicia baratta
talia ortega


  1. ohhh you were able to make it out to sally loo's?? how lucky! wish i could've gone, joined in the revelry, helped out the cause, and met little miss sally loo herself. your photographs, however, are crystalline and intimate enough that i feel like i was there. thank you for sharing, J.!

  2. Hi Jennifer, so love your blog.. Beautiful... What I am moved by is your epiphany of the experience of community/love/selflessness. I think it's so cool how you and Josh just follow the sometimes obscure leading of God..... and...God's church breaks out. The serendipity of God. God builds His church. We don't have to do anything, but follow Him. We don't find "church", Church finds us. BTW this anonymous person is Daryl...Josh's old friend. Not old as in a long time....old as in old. :)

  3. wow! looks like a beautiful night. If i hadn't been doing another fundraiser- I would have been there for sure!!


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