Don Case House Raising Update

Dear All –

In just the past three weeks since the Henry Miller fundraiser on September 27th, approximately $47,000 has been raised towards our goal of $100,000 to help the Case family with rebuilding their home.
$17,000 was raised at the FOOD INC / SLOW FOOD BUFFET at the Henry Miller Library, and six Angel Donors have pledged $5000 each.

Thanks to all of you who have been so generous to make all of this happen!

We are getting close, but we still are asking for donations of all sizes, along with three more Angel Donors willing to donate $5000 each.

If you are able to donate, please know that your generosity is greatly appreciated by the Case family.

Please make checks payable to : CPOA / Don Case Fund
and mail to : CPOA P.O. Box 59 Big Sur CA 93920

Upon receiving your donation, CPOA will acknowledge your tax-deductible donation

with a confirmation letter that includes CPOA’s 501(c) (3) tax status information.

If you have any questions regarding your contribution, please contact me at 831-915-0903.

Houseraising services, labor, or actual building materials will also be graciously accepted.
Your neighbor, Mike Gilson

CPOA Board Member

And for those of you who would like to use the pledge card, here it is again. You can simply grab it, screen shot, or whatever your preferred method is. Of course, the easiest way is to donate online.
Don Case Pledge Card

Sunday Night in Big Sur

The gates opened at 6 pm. Guests arrived as early as 5:30 pm. Parking is a challenge at the HML, but so many wanted to come to support the guest of honor, Don Case, and his family. So, we came early, got good spots to park, and waited, chatting among ourselves.

When the gates opened, the lights were already twinkling, even though it was not yet dark. The line wound down the lighted path, where our names were either checked off, or donations made, and we were offered a copy of a water color painted by Don Case of the grassy field and redwoods which surround the HML.


The buffet, provided by the Big Sur Bakery and SLOW Foods Buffet, led by event orgainizer Mike Gilson, CPOA, provided wonderful food for our enjoyment.
Also of CPOA, Jeannie Ford’s children, Emily and Joe performed beautifully on violin and cello for the attendees.
Magnus Toren, curator of the HML, met and greeted all, as well as oversaw the venue and its preparation.

The number of attendees was astounding, and gratefully appreciated by Don and his family. It was so wonderful to see so many Big Surians in attendance, giving hope to Don and his family that replacement of his long-time home was truly a reality.

One of Don’s old friends came down from Sonoma, probably more old friends, but this gentleman I spoke with at dinner. He helped raise the roof on the original house 40 years ago.

I did not stay for the showing of Food, Inc. as it was dark and the road home requires significant attention, particularly as it was foggy, and I had a long way to go. Driving slowly to fit the conditions, I marveled at the community of which I have become a part. The love, joy, and sharing which permeated this gathering warmed me all the way down the coast.
don case
Don Case, you are well and truly loved, my friend.

And to bring this post to a close, a few words from Joyce Duffy: “I cannot put into words the tremendous jolt of love energy that we all got from last night.
Today when I left the Case home, Neva was resting in a lounge chair on the slab of the old house … Josh and Don were at a table in front of the old hearth trying to teach Oceana and Kiana to play dominoes … there is lightheartedness and peace and relaxation and a for-sure-now knowing that someday there will be a house around surrounding the family. We are all a bit speechless in reaction to the overwhelming shower of love and help.”

Don Case Fundraiser

Don Case Benefit
BIG SUR BAKERY presents : A Benefit for Big Sur Elder, Veteran, and Basin Complex Survivor Don Case

SEPTEMBER 27, 2009
6 p.m.
$50.00 per person with all proceeds to benefit the Don Case houseraising

Food Inc posctcard back

A screening in the redwoods of the movie : FOOD INC.
with guest appearances and q&a by Writer/Producer Eric Sclosser and Director Robert Kenner

and a SLOW FOOD BUFFET coordinated by Big Sur Bakery and Slow Food Monterey

Tickets available here or by calling 667-2574.

Big Sur elder Don Case lost his home in it’s entirety during the Basin Complex Fire of 2008.

Many community members are looking to help Don raise his home once again if funds for basic building materials can be donated. Donations can be made here and are tax deductible through The Coast Property Owner’s Association’s 501c3 non-profit organization.

To buy tickets, or simply to donate to the cause through paypal, go here:

Don Case house raising

On the announcement page, I moved the fundraiser for Chuy and Gloria for the 19th at the Grange, after giving it a few days front page space, and I posted the announcement for the meeting regarding Ambulance Service for Big Sur there as well.
Also, don’t forget the Health Center’s 30th Anniversary BBQ today, Saturday, at the Grange. And Sunday is the Lucia BBQ to benefit the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Department. Hope your weekend is filled with love.

Save the date! 9/27/09

Yes, there is going to be a benefit for Don Case, who lost his home and all it contained in the Basin Fire, but not his many friends and family. The event will be held at the Henry Miller Library. It will include: a 200 person, $50 dollar per ticket evening of food, wine, film, music. Mike Gilson of CPOA is leading the charge, with the marvelous support and organizational talent of Patte Kronlund. I’ve already got my tickets reserved.

Mike has promised to get back to me with the details of the event, and I will, of course, share them here. I also will post how you can donate, if you are unable to attend the event. Stay tuned …

(Don Case) Finding a bowl-buddha

Don Case, sorting through the rubble of his home. Photo (and title) by Joyce Duffy. (Thank you Joyce!)

Joyce asked me to “pass this around” and so I am posting it here. It so poignantly captures the heartbreak of loss, I was honored that she asked me to share it. Feel free to leave Don Case, Panny, Josh, Neva, and Joyce Duffy your messages in the comment section (just click on comments), and I will make sure she sees each one of them and will notify her of each new post. Namasté, my friends and family.