The Big Day
Phoenix Jones & Purple Reign present: The Healing Reign Music Benefit & Auction, with bands Quickie & Ghost Town Riot, & video message from Rainn Wilson
It's just over a week now after The Healing Reign Music Benefit & Auction. I've been catching up on months of lost sleep but am already thinking about the next big campaign and event...despite my family's urge to just take it easy for awhile. It's hard for me not to be constantly busy, active, and elbows deep in projects focused on helping victims of abuse and crime. No time to take a break when people are out there dying.
The night started off with setting up the auction table. About 30 items overall were donated and we brought in just over $2000.00 from the auction portion of the event. Some of the big ticket items were passes and a gift basket to GeekGirlCon as well as Crypticon. DJ lessons from Jason LeMaitre, dance lessons, comic books, salon and spa packages, and multiple gift cards to restaurants and hotels in Belltown. Some of the items from The Healing Reign Music Benefit & Auction can be seen here.
Phoenix and I took the stage to introduce Northwest Family Life, the beneficiary of all the funds brought in from the campaign. Nancy, the NW Family director spoke for a few minutes along with John from Penny's Place. I am grateful for the good work these organizations do to help women, men, and children who have all been impacted by domestic violence.
We played the video message from Rainn Wilson which got a good laugh from the audience. Rainn is a good friend of ours who supports our crime fighting efforts out on the streets as well as our efforts to stop domestic violence. The Healing Reign Music Benefit Rainn Wilson video can be seen from my YouTube channel here.
Ghost Town Riot took the stage after that and amazed everyone with their melodic rock music. Quickie played after that and despite a few technical difficulties, debuted their music video 'Phoenix Jones' which I featured on a previous blog here.
In the photos from the evening you will notice something different about my appearance. I am not wearing my usual veil that I use to conceal my identity. I think it is important to be anonymous in a lot of the charity as well as the crime fighting efforts we are involved in. But when it comes to speaking out against domestic violence AND encouraging other people to speak out as well, the message is better received when I take my mask off. Here are a few of the images from the event, taken by David & Carissa Carnahan. The rest of the Healing Reign Music Benefit & Auction photos can be seen here.
We are still waiting on the final numbers to come in from T-shirt sales, donations, and a few other sources. The campaign is still open through the end of May and we will be issuing a check and turning over ALL of the proceeds raised to NW Family Life.
A few big thank you's: Janet Bierer, our lovely MC for the evening, that drove all the way out from Montana for the event! She also ran the auction and really took a lot of stress off my shoulders. I want to thank Nectar Lounge for allowing us to invade their establishment. I am especially thankful for Quickie and all of their efforts to raise awareness about domestic violence and to help bring in funds with their comic books, stickers, and music downloads. I also need to thank a few heroic women who stepped in to help out with the auction, Karla, Kat, Brenda, and a very special thanks to Rebekah for running the live stream camera and chat room the entire evening....even after she nearly killed my phone by dropping it off the balcony ;) The Live-stream footage can be found here on the Purple Reign Superhero Ustream Channel.
06/01/2012 UPDATE - We've decided to keep the t-shirt sales going with all of the proceeds coming in still going to NW Family Life. In Sepetember we will announce another fundraiser and at that time the total of the t-shirt sales and donations for NW Family Life will be closed as the new campaign begins.