V.19 No.24 |
Garry Shider -- Rest in P-Funk
By Patricia Sauthoff [ Thu Jun 17 2010 11:56 AM ]
The world woke up a little less funky this morning. Parliament-
I'll always remember Garry fondly, having been lucky enough to share the most bizarre car ride of my life with him. See, my big brother worked for P-Funk for a decade beginning in the '90s. So late one night, well after a show at the Ogden theater in Denver, my brother asked me, 17 at the time, if I'd give one of his friends a ride to his hotel. My mom, a friend, Garry and I piled into my Honda CRX and off we went. Garry, sitting shotgun, was sweet as could be, thanking me for the ride and asking if us ladies wanted to accompany him to breakfast. It was about 3 a.m. and I really just wanted to go to sleep. Besides, there's not much to eat at that hour, but musicians don't really run on the same time schedule as the rest of us people.
Because Garry was the first person outside of my family to ride in that car, which I'd bought earlier that same day, I always remembered him. In fact, he called me "Sugar," a name I passed along to the car.
Because I was in high school and only kind of cool, I'd only known Garry as the guy who wore the diaper on-stage. I tried to be cool and not let him know that I was scared to death/ in awe of him. Fortunately, I'm pretty sure he was drunk, and, looking back on it, probably used to teenagers trying way too hard in his presence.
Though I never got the chance to meet Garry again, my brother, who quit working for P-Funk a few years ago, has stayed part of the family, flying to New York not long ago, when Garry was rushed to the hospital to say his goodbyes.
In the last few weeks the members of the Mothership have been working on a few benefits to pay for Garry's care (this is a good time for us all to remember that, though P-Funk is iconic, they're not exactly rolling around in stacks of money). Though Garry left the Earth last night, his family is still faced with bills. The Garry Shider Medical Fund has been set up in conjunction with an organization called Sweet Relief, a non-profit charity that offers help to musicians without medical insurance.
Paypal donations to Garry's fund will be split 80/20 with Sweet Relief to help other musicians in their time of need.
Since Garry got sick a benefit album of fan tracks has been in the works as well and will be available, hopefully next week--depending on funeral services--at the Medical Fund site as well as Citradelic.com.
Rest in Peace funky brother!
V.19 No.19 |
Sweet Indie Games Deal For Charity
By John Bee [ Wed May 12 2010 7:41 PM ]
If you ever wanted to get a nice, big, juicy taste of what's happening in the indie gaming scene, here is the best chance you'll have for a while. Wolfire is offering a pay-what-you-want package of games called The Humble Indie Bundle, a cross-platform (Win/Mac/Lin), DRM free selection of six titles: World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru HD, Penumbra Overture, and Samorost 2. Better yet for all you aspiring game developers out there, they are also posting source code for Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru HD and Penumbra. Your donation (one penny on up) can be apportioned how you like among the developers themselves, the EFF, and Child's Play. The offer looks like it will run through Saturday, though it's been extended once already due to its popularity.
V.19 No.9 |
They Made It Easy for Us to Do Good Things
By Marisa Demarco [ Wed Mar 10 2010 3:29 PM ]
In the news business (*puffs cigar, leans back in chair, puts feet on desk), I often find myself saying things like, "Seems like there should be some kind of group that could ... ". Then, months later, I'll find out there's a nonprofit in the state that fills exactly that need.
The directory delivers contact information, website links, region and areas served, budget, staff size, etc.
"An estimated 6,000 nonprofits in New Mexico are conducting essential work," writes the center in a news release. These groups build "health care clinics, food banks, domestic violence shelters, job skill training programs, affordable housing, childcare, youth mentoring programs, after-school programs, arts and cultural centers, community gardens, and animal rescue and adoption sites."
The online list should make it easier for people to volunteer or make donations. You can use the search tool to find nonprofits that work in your corner of the state or on issues you care about. Plus, the center says, the nonprofits can find each other and collaborate.
V.19 No.5 | 2/4/2010
Roadrunner Food Bank’s Souper Bowl
By Laura Marrich [ Sat Jan 30 2010 9:00 AM ]
Buy a ticket, file into Roadrunner Food Bank's ginormous warehouse and knock back as many ramekins of hot, liquid loveliness from more than 40 chefs and restaurants as you can. The Souper Bowl is the most deliciously charitable way to help feed your fellow New Mexicans, ranked the hungriest citizens in the nation. Each $40 adult ticket ($10 kids 12-and-younger) goes right into the pocket of Roadrunner, which has distributed more than 170 million pounds of food since it started 30 years ago. There should still be some tickets at the door, but call the food bank at 349-8921 just to make sure.
V.19 No.3 | 1/21/2010
MLK Day: Any Charitable Action in Albuquerque?
By Marisa Demarco [ Mon Jan 18 2010 2:41 PM ]
According to this article, Washington—and the entire nation—is using today to take action. U.S. citizens are impoverished, Haiti is destroyed, and so the day of remembrance has become a day of charitable work.
Is anything happening in Albuquerque? I looked around. There was the annual parade yesterday. Maybe there are some awesome charitable events coming up that I haven’t heard about. If there are, post info about them as comments here. We’d love to know.
In the meantime, text text “Yele” to 501501 to contribute $5 to the relief effort. (Yele is Haitian-born hip-hop star Wyclef Jean’s charity.) Or text "Haiti" to 90999 to kick $10 to the Red Cross. Donations are added to your cell phone bill.
Don’t Get Scammed Donating to Haiti
(Do Send Contributions Through Reputable Charities)
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Jan 14 2010 1:14 PM ]
Attorney General Gary King sent out a news release today warning against “groups and individuals who may try to take advantage of the situation to profit through fraudulent fundraising schemes.”
Or, if you prefer, you can call the attorney general at 1-800-678-1508 and ask for the Charities Unit.
Further cautions from King:
Be wary of appeals that are long on emotion. The hard luck tale is a favorite ploy of a phony operator. A legitimate charity will be specific about how it is using your money to address this disaster.
Ask lots of questions. How much of the money goes to the charity and how much to a professional fundraiser? Ask who employs the telephone solicitor, if your contribution is tax deductible and what the charity intends to do with any excess contributions that might remain after the victims' needs are addressed.
Beware of professional fundraisers who try to make their solicitations sound like they are coming directly from the charity itself or volunteers.
Do not pay by cash. Pay by check, and make it out to the charity (use its full name; don't use initials), not the fundraiser. Never give your credit card number to a fundraiser over the telephone. If the fundraiser directly approaches you, ask to see identification. It is best to mail your check directly to the charity.
If you are contributing over the Internet, make sure that the website you are visiting belongs to a legitimate, established, and registered charity. See if other legitimate Web sites provide links to that Web site. Also, make sure the site is secure and will offer protection for your credit card number.
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