Good afternoon Lewy Warriors!
October is coming to a close and we're feeling grateful, excited, and a little tired. It's been quite the busy month for us but we pushed through and are so happy to announce that we've raised $1,560.00 for LBD research through our online and in-person art show. That does not include some of the direct donations made in lieu of purchasing art so we're pretty sure that we've crossed the $35,000.00 mark in total donations. Unfortunately, we won't know exactly how much we've raised until the end of the year but we're hopeful, grateful, and proud of everything we've been able to do in 2022. Carol likes to say we're "small potatoes" and, while that may be true, I like to think of CLBDI as mighty too. I wanted to send out a sincere thank you to everyone who has donated, purchased artwork, visited our site, joined our online community, and shared in our common goal. We've got big plans for 2023 and hope you will be there to join us on our journey.
As for the show itself... All I can say is wow! What a wonderful experience! We had so much fun at Three Sister's and met so many great new people. We even got to meet some Lewy Warriors who didn't know about CLBDI and got to share our experiences and stories. Thank you to the staff and everyone else who was involved. We were so lucky to be there on a beautiful and warm day where the sun was shining and the mood was high. Thank you to Dr. Pasternak for taking time out of his busy schedule to stop by and speak. Also, we want to send a huge thank you to all our friends and family who made the trek out to St. Jacobs. for the show We're definitely happy that some of the artwork sold but we're also happy that our goal of getting CLBDI out to the public again after so much time spent as a digital-only endeavour was met so warmly. It was a truly wonderful day and we hope to do more events like this one in the future. If you're ever in St. Jacob's and are looking to visit a real gem, stop by Three Sister's Cultural Centre. They have so much local artwork and the atmosphere is so welcoming. You can learn more about the gallery and browse the events they have coming up on their website.
We also wanted to say thank you again to all the artists who donated their time, energy, creativity, and artwork to this year's show. Seeing the generosity of each and every one of you has been so moving and we appreciate you so, so much. You've allowed this year's show to be bigger, better, and more diverse.
What's next? Well, we have some photos to share and some CLBDI original content coming your way a little later on in November before we move into the holiday season. Unlike previous years, we are not doing an online Holiday Fundraiser. Instead, we urge you to donate directly using the new direct donation landing page, which is now live and operational, to spread some cheer and do some good this Holiday season. The new direct donation page, which was spearheaded by Emily and Ashley, has made it so much easier to donate to Dr. Pasternak's Lewy Body Dementia research. We're so thankful to both Emily and Ashley for taking our, and by proxy your own, suggestions on how to improve the process and implementing it in such an awesome and practical way.
That's all for this month. Have a safe and fun Halloween everyone.
The CLBDI blog is run by Advisory Board member Joseph Daniel.