Step and Pivot in a charity fundraiser to benefit a victim of domestic violence

The flyer at the top of this blog post says it all.  Next Monday there will be a charity fundraiser at the Philly Bar & Grill in Latham, with the proceeds of the event going to the family of Denise Caulfield, a woman who went to work one day – and ended up attacked by her husband later that day.

This is horrifying.

For months, Denise Caulfield has been terrorized by her estranged husband.  In the past, he rammed his car into hers.   He sent her text messages in which he threatened to kill her family.  And then, last week,

And then, last week, this happened.  Go to the link, I’m too upset to repeat what this bastard did in my blog.

While Denise recuperates in intensive care, her co-workers at Beauty and Bliss Salon in Colonie have done what they can to help raise money for Denise’s recovery and to give her time to heal.  There’s already a GoFundMe page to help Denise in recovery… and now the Beauty and Bliss Salon workers have organized a get-together fundraiser at the Philly Bar and Grill in Latham.  Four bands performing, a $20 / person donation at the door, and several items and services donated in Chinese auctions, silent auctions, 50/50 raffles, and much more.

As a survivor of family violence in my life, this story of what Denise has gone through caught me.  And it caught me close.  And I don’t want to make this blog post about my struggles, long time readers already know what I’ve fought through in my time.

But … with that in mind … I want to help raise some money for Denise’s recovery as well.

So I went through my archives … and I found this.  This, which I think is a suitable donation and should definitely raise some funds to help Denise and her family.

Step and Pivot. AGFA Clipper Special f/6.3 camera, Kodak Ektar 100 film. Photo by Chuck Miller.

Yesterday, I donated my framed print of Step and Pivot – the exact same image that was accepted into the 2017 Capital District Photo Regionals, a print that earned love at the Big E and at Durham – as an auctionable prize for next Monday’s fundraiser.  If you want to get your mitts on this print, here’s your chance.

Seriously.  Here’s your chance.

And just know that every sent raised from your purchase of this artwork will go to help Denise and her family through a very horrific time in their lives.  A workplace is a person’s second home.  They should NEVER have to worry about whether the next customer that shows up at their job is their spouse bringing flowers, or their spouse bringing an AR-15.

So please, if you can, even if you don’t want to get your mitts on this artwork, please donate to Denise’s GoFundMe page, and take the time to enjoy a night of music and fun on September 17th at Philly Bar and Grill.

Please.  One of our own needs your support.

And by “one of our own,” I mean a person who is a survivor of domestic violence.