Saturday, January 23, 2010

What do a 60th birthday party and the Respite Center have in common?

Sharon Kilfoy keeps an archive of ephemera from Madison's radical hey day in an upstairs bedroom. She is a dedicated community artist who has navigated the City of Madison's bureaucracy of permissions many times and created beautiful historical murals all over town. In recent years she has created murals at the Wilmar Center, Centro Hispano, and the Social Justice Center. In addition, she's converted her home into an art center. She's raised beautiful daughters. And, she is incredibly dedicated to her work at the Respite Center, the third oldest crisis center in the country, where "Since 1979, we have cared for children birth through 14 when their families are experiencing tough times.We prevent child abuse by providing a safe nurturing environmentfor children while we help parents build upon their strengths. Besides child care, we offer parents crisis intervention, short-term counseling, advocacy and referrals."

I was honored to receive an inviation to her 60th birthday party:
When: Saturday, January 23, 2010 5:00 PM-11:00 PM (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada).Where: 1020 Williamson St.
I'll be 60 on the 20th! Stop by on the 23rd, help me celebrate this milestone, and donate to the Respite Center, Madison's 24-hour emergency-crisis child care center. If 100 people donate $10 each, we will raise $1000 for a great cause! If you can't help out, stop by anyway!!

$10? Nope, I think $40 would be better. Thank you Sharon for all the work you do in this world. You are a beautiful, beautiful person.

On Feb 3, 2010 I got a note from Sharon that said, "Dear Karin, Thank you for helping make my birthday benefit bash a big success. Your donation of $40 will help children in stress. Together we raised more than $1700!!" I love seeing the birthday love spread around.

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