The Good News We All Hoped and Prayed For!
Read, mostly in chronological order:
A Related Story to Warm the Heart
An e-mail from Pam and John Derry sent on March 25, 2009
A Thank You Note from Pam and John Derry that Accompanied a Gift Print of "Equinox"
Then click this link to read:
Current Status and History of the Gift of Life Fund
Current Status and History of the Gift of Life Fund
As of March 25, 2009, the Gift of Life Campaign has come to a close and Karen Bonaker posted the following update at Painter Talk forums:
The Painter Talk Calendar event Karen refers to was calendars she had printed including art done by students enrolled in the four week Holiday Open Studio 2008 class from late November to late December, 2008. All proceeds from sales of those calendars were donated by Karen to the Gift of Life Fund.
Thank you, Karen, for everything you did to make the Gift of Life Campaign a success!
(Links to Painter Talk forums where contributions to the Gift of Life Fund could be made have been deleted as the campaign has come to a close.)
Click these links to jump down the page to the
List of Winners - Fund Balance up to January 16, 2009 - SPECIAL NEWS
To fill you in on what this is all about (written August 27, 2008):
In short, it's about a way we can help John and Pam Derry even if our budget doesn't allow us to purchase John's beautiful Equinox painting individually. Of course if we can, that's a good thing too.
Most of you know John Derry was one of the original authors of Fractal Design Painter, now Corel Painter. He's remained involved with Corel Painter and a great contributor to the Painter community, a talented and generous artist and friend to all of us, to whom we owe a huge debt of gratitude.
Some of you may also be aware that John's wife, Pam was diagnosed with leukemia about 2-1/2 years ago. Over the past months since February 2008, John has kept us up to date on their journey, writing the touching and inspiring story in his own beautiful way. For the full story, you'll find all of the entries at The PixlBlog. Scroll down the page to the entry dated February 25, 2008 Why I've Been AWOL, then read following entries in order from just above that entry up to the top of the page. To see a larger view of the Equinox painting and read a shorter version of the story, or if you'd like to purchase a print of John's painting, visit this page: Equinox, a Fine Art Print by John Derry
When I posted the news at Painter Talk in early August 2008, that John and Pam Derry need our help, the response was heartwarming to say the least. Though some members said they could not afford to purchase a print of John's painting, they all said they were eager to contribute and asked me if I could find a way for them to do that. After thinking about it for a few days, I talked to Karen Bonaker, Painter Talk and Digital Art Academy site owner and Corel Painter instructor, and proposed a solution.
Karen immediately and enthusiastically agreed. This was not surprising as Karen is always cheerful, kind, and generous, and it was pure pleasure working out the details with her. In only a few days, Karen set up a way for all of us to show our support and appreciation for Pam and John Derry's courage through a difficult time. In addition, we can do this while honoring John's wishes to help by purchasing prints of his beautiful Equinox painting.
Now, whether or not you're a member of Painter Talk or purchasing John's Equinox print is within your budget, you can help by contributing to the fund and in doing so, enter the contest to win a John Derry Equinox print. You'll find the current list of winners below.
Thank you, Karen! Thanks to all of you for caring.
If you're not a member of Painter Talk, and want to learn about the contest rules, and contribute if you wish, go to the:
If you are a member of Painter Talk, here's a quick link to the thread where you can read about and contribute to:
Many thanks to all of you who contributed to
the Gift of Life Fund!
On Saturday, November 29, 2008, Patricia Witter and Douglas Fretz became the fifth and sixth winners of a John Derry "Equinox" print!
On Thursday, October 30, 2008, Marcia Fasy became the fourth winner of a John Derry "Equinox" print!
On Sunday, September 22, 2008, Ileana Frómeta Grillo became the third winner of a John Derry framed "Equinox" print!
On Thursday, September 11, 2008, Pam Leftcourt-PML Photography became the Second Winner and chose to receive a John Derry "Equinox" unframed print!
On Wednesday, August 27, 2008, DorisS' name was drawn she was notified she is the First Winner of a John Derry framed "Equinox" print!
Congratulations, Doris!Fund Balance: $252.98 as of Friday January 16, 2009.
SPECIAL NEWS about the Fund Balance (be sure to read what Karen has done):
Both Karen and I have been extremely busy and we missed an update since October 31, 2008 when the fund balance was #175.10, so I'll list it below along with what's happened since then.
$203.62 until this Special News:
Added November 29, 2008 - In the spirit of holiday season, Karen Bonaker has donated $15.00 for every new student registration in the 2008 Holiday Open Studio class at Digital Art Academy! There were 34 new student registrations so that amounts to $510.00 added to the fund. Minus the $15.09 PayPal fee, that brought the balance to:
$698.53 - whoopie!
After purchasing the two newest winners' framed prints, the current balance is almost enough to pick another winner!
Thanks for your generosity dear Karen!
The total available in the fund was updated as contributions were made, with the updates taking into account the adjusted after-print-purchase balance and contributions made since the last winner was picked.
Following winner's name (or winners' names) were also added here as soon as we knew who they were, so contributors could watch this page for the news and also find it available at Painter Talk.
© Jinny Brown
August 27, 2008
last modified May 9, 2009