Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Racy for Rachel Benefit at Art-n-Soul Studios

The first of several charity benefits for the family of a waitress from Magnolias Restaurant happened recently at the Art-n-Soul Tattoo Studio and Art Gallery in Allentown.

Here is Rachel's Story:
"Our dear friends & coworkers, Rachel Bissey & Ryan Cole were killed tragically in a car accident in January '09. Their year started off great, they had just celebrated The Steelers win into the super bowl!
Sadly, one routine Wednesday night, Rachel & Ryan were on their way home from bowling and not more than five minutes from their home; their car hit a tree and their lives were lost. As close friends to this adored couple, we had been trying to think of a way to be more helpful to their families. Rachel's family lost 2/3 of the household income as a result of this devastating night. This was the nicest couple you could ever meet. These two were fun loving, beautiful spirits with so much love to give others. As well as a helpful & supportive team to their employers, friends, and families. After much thought and consideration, we have decided to put together a series of functions to help raise funds for Rachel's younger sisters' college tuition. We are producing a calendar composed of Rachel's girlfriends & coworkers, who miss her and loved her dearly.
We thank you so much for your support.
Sincerely,
Kimberly Kerstetter, Erin West and all of Magnolias Staff"

Here are some shots from the first event that was held at Art-n-Soul Studios (Tattoo and Art Gallery) in Allentown.


They used some of my images from the pin up calendar that I shot for some decoration for the event.
http://www.art-n-soulstudios.com/


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The Project LV played:
http://www.myspace.com/theprojectlv
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They sold canvases with "artsy" versions of my images:
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There was standing room only:
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Erin West manned the front:
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John and Kim Kerstetter from Magnolias Restaurant http://www.magnoliasvineyard.com/ were the bar tenders:
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The Heavy Beat also played:
http://www.myspace.com/heavybeatreggae
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Some of the women from the pin up calendar and Rachel's friends:
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I also played a slide show of some of my images from the pin up shoots:



They will be debuting the sale of the "Calendar for a Cause" (Magnolias Pin Up Calendar) at Magnolias' 1940's themed Martini Party on Thanksgiving Eve.
If you would like to be informed of additional charity events please contact:
Kim@MagnoliasVineyard.com

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