I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!
I just want to remind you that the ArtFest for Ms. Leonardo is just a week and a half away...
We hope you can join us for this fun and meaningful event!
We also still need volunteers to help out. Please sign up for the ArtFest FUNdraiser Volunteers committee if you are interested. (You can also contact Sabria Hassan or Sarah Isaacs via Konstella for more information)
Here are the details:
As many of you know, Bonnie Allen (aka “Ms. Leonardo”) had been Kaiser’s beloved art teacher for the past 3 decades, until her stroke this summer. I want to share several ways that we can “give back” to Ms. Leonardo for all the joy, inspiration and art that she has given to the Kaiser community for so many years.
1) Come join us for an ArtFest FUNdraiser and invite your friends!
Date: January 25, 2020
Time: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Kaiser Multipurpose Room
What: We will sell tickets to a variety of stations where kids can do art, make gifts for the holidays and get face paint/tattoos. We will also be selling food and raffle tickets. The top prize will be a private art lesson with Ms. Leonardo!
All proceeds will go to Ms. Leonardo’s Stroke Recovery Fund.
If you are interested helping out, please sign up for the ArtFest FUNdraiser Volunteers committee on Konstella, or send a message via Konstella to Sabria Hassan.
Please also help us by spreading the word to alumni and friends!!
If you know your plans in advance, please RSVP below to give us an idea of how much foods and supplies we need.
2) Stroke Recovery Fund Contributions
If you cannot make it to the event or just want to get a head-start on giving, you can contribute to her Stroke Recovery Fund which was set up by her daughter, Kira Allen: https://tinyurl.com/GoFundBonnie Donations of any size are deeply appreciated.
Here is an update from Kira:
It’s been a very long road since the stroke that occurred on July 2, 2019. Everyday feels like a new challenge and a new adventure, as we all share a profound gratitude that Bonnie Allen aka Ms. Leonardo survived with her memory and her zest for life intact. What has suffered is her stamina, her strength, her confidence, her independence and consequently her ability to make a living.
This is the first time since Bonnie was 13 years old that she hasn't had a steady job, and she'll be 80 in May of 2020. At this point we're trying to cover almost $8,000 that Medicare doesn't from hospital bills, continue to cover her living expenses while she gets stronger and stronger, since she spent the last 30 years in a job with no sick leave, no 401k and no benefits. Prior to the stroke Ms. Leonardo was teaching art to 300 kids a week, raising her grandson, and being an active member of her Religious Science community with a fierce independence. Now, she needs help: shopping, cooking, doing laundry, getting down the stairs, etc.
If you or your children have ever been the beneficiary of her amazing art/life lessons; if she's prayed with you; if she's laughed or cried or organized or canvassed with you; if you've stood shoulder to shoulder with her at a school board meeting; if you've said goodbye after 5 pm while she's still traversing the hallways of Kaiser Elementary to hang the annual art show; if she's mentored your child during their application to an art school or helped you advocate for your child with special needs, NOW IS THE TIME TO SAY THANK YOU WITH A DONATION, A PRAYER, A REPOST AND A TESTIMONIAL. How has Bonnie aka Ms. Leonardo touched your life?
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for the previous donations which have been used to rehab her apartment, pay for adaptive devices, pay for the board and care, as well as living expenses up to this point; we are eternally grateful!