When I first heard about the Freedom Honor Flight, I knew I wanted to help. I realized the best way for me to do this and to say "thank you" to our Veterans was through a painting. 20% of the sale of American Honor and 10% of the sale of my remaining raptor and animal prints are donated to this most noteworthy cause. Freedom Honor Flight is a La Crosse-based organization formed in April of 2008. Their goal is simple: to fly our veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials that stand in their honor. Freedom Honor Flight receives no government funding and depends entirely on donations.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
My nephew Max was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes when he was a little boy. Until then I never realized the struggles that were associated with this autoimmune disease and what Max and his family faced every day. When I painted Trusting Him, my goal was to create an image that not only reminded me of my childhood but one that instilled faith in believing that someday there would be a cure for this disease. Through organizations like JDRF, there is hope for a cure. Kids should spend their childhoods playing with their friends, and looking for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow – not learning words like "diabetes", "insulin", and "hypoglycemia". 20% of the sale of Trusting Him and 10% of the sale of all my remaining landscape prints are donated toward this foundation. JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.
Seasons 4 Hope
Seasons 4 Hope is a non-profit fund set up to help families in our local communities during a time of medical crisis. The goal of this fund is to help individuals through private funding and make a difference during difficult times. My desire to establish Seasons 4 Hope began with memories of how my parents each struggled with cancer and the financial hardships that it brought. As a young girl I remember our neighbor giving my dad a check for $150.00. Watching my dad cry is something I'll never forget. It made me realize even then how powerful a kind act can be. Based on the foundation of life being made up of "four seasons", and in memory of my loved ones, I have dedicated 25% of the sale of my Four Seasons prints and 10% of each sale of the remaining songbird prints to this fund. Individuals can also make a difference by making a contribution directly to The First Bank of Baldwin, Plum City Office, 409 Main Street, Plum City, WI 54761 where the Seasons 4 Hope fund has been established.
Gundersen St. Elizabeth’s Hospital & Clinics
I love roses ~ they're my favorite flower. They’re incredibly soft and feminine with a scent uniquely their own. I’m still amazed how a tiny bud can unfold itself into multiple layers of petals. I chose New Blossom, a painting of a simple pink rose, to be dedicated with 20% of its sales, along with 10% of my remaining floral prints, to Gundersen St. Elizabeth’s Hospital & Clinic in Wabasha, MN. Their Vision: "We will enhance the health and well-being of our communities, while enriching every life we touch, including patients, families, and staff." Their Mission: "We will distinguish ourselves through excellence in patient care, education, research and improved health in the communities we serve."
Donates 10-25% to several charities with each sale
Every time I look into – and beyond my little fence lined courtyard, I find inspiration for a new drawing or painting. There are birds singing their sweet little songs, bees buzzing around the flowers and the apple trees – and all kinds of critters finding sanctuary at our old retired dairy farm. Inspiration... I don’t have far to look!