New Orleans

A Raffle to help an individual musician

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

--- Mary Barrett  wrote:

> Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 12:08:30 -0700 (PDT)

> From: Mary Barrett

> Subject: My nephew's raffle

> To:


> Dear Hali, thanks for offering your help.  I'm

> including the info about my nephew and the raffle.

> I'm grateful for any help you can give me.  thank

> you

> so very much, Mary Barrett 510-524-4171




> I am having a raffle to raise money for my nephew

> Ted

> whose house and livelihood were wiped out by the New

> Orleans flood.  Ted's a jazz musician with a degree

> from Berklee School of Music and a Master's degree

> from the University of New Orleans.  (He studied in

> Wynton Marsalis' father's program- Ellis Marsalis'.)


> Ted loves New Orleans, "We put the stutter in the

> step," he told me proudly about the Big Easy music

> scene.

>      With his degree, in guitar performance, he

> began

> the life of a musician.  He was a bike messenger by

> day and played gigs at night.  He also composed

> music.

>  And he struggled.  But it was worth it to him, to

> keep on making music. (He played his own beautifully

> moving composition at my mother's funeral.) Ted

> never

> had aspirations of being rich.  He loved what he was

> doing; but, when he married, he added on a job with

> Verizon to pay some bills.  This past year, he was

> hired to teach private lessons at Mandeville Music

> Academy, thirty miles south east of New Orleans.  He

> and his wife bought an insubstantial place on the

> Bayou and worked on it for a year, fixing it into a

> real home.

>      His wife Mary is from New Orleans.  Her family

> has strong roots there, Cajun, German and Irish.

> When

> she heard of this hurricane, she convinced Ted to

> evacuate.  He and she drove her grandmother and her

> father north to Tennessee then to Alabama where

> they're living today in a motel room.  The

> grandmother

> is wheelchair bound, so there was no room in the car

> for Ted's instruments.   Except for one guitar,

> everything they own is under water.  Ted lost his

> guitars, his bass, his piano, amps, a brand new sax

> he

> was teaching himself to play, and nearly all his

> originally composed music.  His bike messenger bike

> is

> gone too.

>      My raffle goal is to replace the things Ted

> needs

> for work.  Please help me help Ted and Mary by

> buying

> as many raffle tickets as you can.  There is no

> overhead.  Every cent will go to them.  The prizes

> are

> terrific and the drawing will be held at my house on

> the last Friday of September, September 30, after

> work.  You're invited!  You can reach me at

> 510-524-4171.  I can get ticket stubs to you through

> the mail.  You do not have to be present to win.

> Prize list follows

> Raffle Prizes:                   Value

> Sumptuous Homemade Dinner for four delivered to your

> Home$200.00

> (Donated by Irish Chef Eileen Barrett)



> One Full Day of Manual Labor at Your

> House.$200.00

> (Donated by Han Barrett-Liu, of Yosemite's Trail

> Crew)

> Expert Landscape Design Consultation.

> .$200.00

> (Donated by David Liu, Landscape Designer and

> Builder)

> Custom Made Mixed CDs of Your Favorite

> Music.$100.00

> (Donated by Clare Liu-Bell, Mixologist)

> Conversion of your favorite CDs to

> MP3..$ 60.00

> (Donated by Clare Liu-Bell)

> Chinese Character Wood Block Print

> (Prosperity)$175.00

> (Donated by Betty Jo Yamamoto, Artist)

> Figure Drawing Print,

> Matted$175.00

> (Donated by Paul Veres, Artist)

> Yoshi's, Tickets for two to a Jazz Performance of

> your

> choice..$30.00

> (Donated by Bill Joyce, Jazz Buff)

> Chinese Dinner for Two at King Tsin on

> Solano.$30.00

> (Donated by King Tsin's Owner)

> Large Framed Photo of the old Oakland Train

> Station..$400.00

> (Donated by Susan Moon, Photographer)

> Delightful Water Color

> Painting$175.00

> (Donated by Judith Brownfield, Artist)

> Fine Fifth of Single Malt

> Scotch.$50.00

> (Donated by Dennis Barrett, consumer of fine

> spirits)

> Language Arts Assessment Assistance, two winners,

> teachers only..$300.00

> (Donated by Mary Barrett, Assessment Diva)

> Dinner for eight with Robert Burns, A "Burn's

> Supper"$600.00

> (Donated by Karl Goldstein, aka Robert Burns, and

> Susan Moon)*

> *This prize may be bought outright by the highest

> bidder!!


> This lucky winner will receive this prize when in

> NYC:

> Two full verses of "Danny Boy" sung aloud while the

> singer slowly*  $Priceless

>  (Donated by Joe Barrett, Irish Tenor/Actor)

> *(full disclosure of prize to winner)


> Other prizes may be added to this list.



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