Tuesday, March 31, 2009
pARTicipants included The Latest Artists, who installed video projections and a modular light sculpture, music by Travino, performers from the Ottawa bellydance and psytrance communities, Burners from Ottawa & Montreal, including one of the Montreal Regional Reps, and many friends of all those pARTicipating came out to enjoy the evening. We extend many thanks to all performers and those who came to support the event and our silent auction and most notably extend thanks and gratitude to The Mercury Lounge, whose generous donation of their venue made the event possible! With about 75 participants, we raised about $800 (CAD) and still some proceeds are rolling in from the Silent Auction, which included music, arts, and crafts created by local burners and dancers. Given that many of those pARTicipating had never met Hollis, nor even thought of attending Burning Man, it speaks to the unity of the artistic community during times of crises, and the generosity of the many souls touched by Hollis and her family. On behalf of our community I'd like to extend prayers for good health and well being for Hollis, Harrison, Diane, and her family.
Leslie / Ocean
(disorient & DPW)
First off, thanks for being there for Hollis.
Everyone who has been at the hospital. Giving her smells, telling her dreams, and holding her hands. You have been integral doing something good for her.
She has been moved to the 8th flooor.
We are starting to organize a few things and I want you to be in on it.
1. We are looking for dream stories. We want to start a database of dreams that Hollis has been featured. If nothing else she could benefit from her scope of influence she has had on everyone. I think it would be very interesting for her to realize her time frame as well.
2. We want to set up a schedule of acupuncture, reiki, and massage for her and fill in the slots. Hopefully we can fill in the schedule so we don't have to wait for her physical therapy while we are trying to have good one on one time with her. What I mean is set up a schedule for yor visiting needs.
Hey, remember that guy who had the acupuncturist who wanted to work on her? Let's get them together. We are looking for acupuncture four to seven days a week. We need to find a team who would be able to sign up for that for a month. We will pay. It's necessary.
3. She's doing good.
I will give the full update later, but I will do that when I have more time in front of the computer.
4. Seriously, thank you.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Shakti fusion presents: pARTicipate!
A Benefit for Hollis Hawthorne
Sunday, March 29th
7-10 at The Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward
Performers: Leslie, Shakti fusion bellydance, Francesca (Rockalily Burlesque) Dani LeBlanc, Safiya, Halyma, Joshua Tacoma, Vera Sagram, Zamira, Justin Barca, John Lloyd, Dollhouse Dance Co, and more to come!
Visuals by: The Latest Artists (AO & Deborah O'Malley)
Circus Carnival Benefit for Hollis Hawthorne
Saturday afternoon March 28th from 2-7pm
at 5th st and Harrison near Lake Merrit Bart and 980 Jackson st exit
Family friendly event so bring those youngsters!
Carnival games including pie throwing, whack a mole, ring toss, ball toss, face painting, balloon animals and more.
BBQ and food (veggie things too!) Creme Brulee!
and a Raffle!!!
* a sailing trip for two
* a bike tune up
* Yoga classes
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
It will be kid friendly with a Cyclecide Carnival Ride, games, raffles, and great food.
Games for knocking things over. Pie throwing. Musical amusement. Performances. ClownS not Bombs. Luke on the grill.
Saturday March 28th
2-7pm downtown Oakland
5th street and Harrison.
See you there!
It was beautiful and I'll tell you why...
Four days ago I had a dream that I was in Hollis' room and I was talking to her and she was on her side and she answered something, so I kept her talking. I pretended that I hadn't noticed anything different, to keep her working on that plane to get accustomed. Inside I was so joyous that she had spoken. Oh I couldn't contain it! I would spring it on her after a while and tell her that she had just done something marvelous.
The night before visiting her, I had a dream where we were hiking/skipping through the lush green woods. We were very happy and the sun lit up our smiles.
We found a large patch of yellow flowers and lay down. We told secrets to each other and sang loud into the wide open.
I woke with this Bright Eyes song stuck in my head. The epic one, "Does she kiss your eyelids in the morning when you start to raise your head..." It wouldn't stop repeating, so I vowed to sing it to her.
It was about 2:45 pm yesterday. DATino, Party Radar and I walk into the room and she is getting her physical therapy. She is out of the boots and mittens they put her in; the boots that keep her joints from hyper extending or stretching out too much. She was getting heel stretches and the nurse showed us how to do them, so we could actively help her recover. The more it happens, the better she'll feel. They had recently put a vibrating piece into her trach so she could make noises, and when they turned her on her side, she started hummming. I was having dejavu, and so stoked about it! I told her about the dream right then and there. Told her that we had communicated on that level and that she should still try to contact me, because I am listening. I started singing that Bright Eyes song to her. I asked her if she recognized it and she squeezed my hand and hmmmmed. It felt like that "It's so beautiful, I have to cry" moments. There were a lot of those in the room. I didn't cry, but we encouraged her to let it go loud and proud.
Diane was there and looking very sturdy. She had her little roll bed set up with reading material and a bag of cookies in the corner. Cards and books and pictures of Derailleurs performances were all over the room. Diane is an amazing woman who is getting to know our culture through her daughter, and is ushering her through this whole process. We need to honor and pamper her. And Harrison. Give these people massage! But I digress.
We took our posts beside the bed. It looked like she wanted to sit up, so Diane showed us how to raise her a bit. She kept on hmmming for a while. We rolled down the side guards and grabbed her hands and started giving her some muscle massage. The nurse left the boots off for us to work on her. She was very vocal. She was opening her eyes, focusing on each person. Her left eye needs more calibration and strength. I kept reminding her to focus on that one, apologizing for telling her what to do, but I was toughening her up for the world.
While she was holding my hand, I suggested a thumb war. 1,2,3,4..I declare a thumb war.
She was caressing my thumb, moving it around. Then she pinned me. Light at first but got really hard. I was so upset. I haven't lost a thumb war yet so I called a rematch best 2 out of three. I managed to pin her down, so we needed a tie breaker. Shazzam she got me. Her eyes were looking at it, hmmming.
Then Donna, Mel, Shannon, and Nissa arrived. We showed them the thumb war action. It was a great moment of support when they all walked in. The whole bed was surrounded and we all were touching her, moving her legs, stretching her Achilles, massaging her muscles. Some of the times she was holding on to my arm so hard it seemed as though she was trying to pull herself up. She just recently had a feeding tube surgery, making it come out of her stomach, so I am sure it made sitting up a discomfort. But she sure wanted to. Her left hand was weaker as well, but as I reminded her to use that one and squeeze more with it, her grip got much tighter and controlled. They were synchronizing more near the end when she was making a point of expressing how crazy and beautiful it was. Sporadically she was having muscle spasms down her i.t. band and quadriceps. I'm sure her hips are tight from all that has happened. When they would come, we would stick our thumbs in that hollow where the hips and sacrum meet and it seemed to calm them. Her guests did some leg and hip rotations and she seemed to be aiding them. She would move her toes and legs a bit, all while Hmmming.
We started an Om moment or two. One time I was right up by her side, and she was matching my breaths and we harmonized for a few magical moments. Oh! She's coming back!
Harrison called me while we were there, and I put him on speaker phone to hear Hollis hollering. He was amazed, and let her know that he was on his way down. He showed up with Patrick and it was a huge gathering. We were all surrounding her and letting her know it's okay to be mad at the situation and be embarrassed to be in this state, but the worst is behind her. The more she recognizes how crappy the situation was, the more she can get better. It's a catch-22. She squeezed my hand and started crying. We encouraged her to let it all out because that would give more space for all the love that she has surrounding her. We told her to take her time because we love her unconditionally and we are patient. And we'll be here as long as she needs us. She was so mad about not being able to be in her body. She is fighting and she is making great progress! And she is processing some of the emotions that have been locked up in another realm.
Well, enough of my story, go over there and visit her. Be a Mission welcoming committee. Find your own stories. Send them to me.
3555 Cesar Chavez St. (@ Valencia)
San Francisco, CA 94110
They are not strict about visiting.
You should see the view of Bernal Hill!
She is being moved today, wed. march 24th and will be excited to see each and every one of you in her hood. I will attest to her incredible state now from a group effort and the ability of greatness in the future.
She is leaving Stanford because she is not in need of state-of-the-art care, more rehabilitation. St. Lukes has been kind enough to offer a rehabilitation program free of charge while we work on getting her medi-cal (a process that takes a few to six months.) As soon as I sleep off my celebratory experience I will detail the AMAZING time we had with her today.
I am processing and figuring out words.
Just know you are on the verge of some excitement!
Visiting hours begin most likely thursday morning.
So everyone planning to visit her this week still should, it will just be a heck of a lot closer for your convenience.
Trust me I will post it AS SOON AS SHE IS TRANSFERRED!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I am so inspired by all of you. I am in some sort of dark and damp maze and the air inside is like that out of a growling dog’s breath. I keep on running into walls and hitting my head. Feeling disenchanted I sit down and let the moss start to cover me. Suddenly thousands of hands reach down and pull me up and turn me around give me a torch and point me in the right direction. They are doing the same for Hollis. As voices calling to her down the long echoing hallways and winding synapses of her brain as she is spinning in search of a way out of the maze. Somewhere in there it is working and she is getting closer to the exit and faintly calling back to us over the walls.
I haven’t written anything for this website in many days and the reasons are numerous. Mostly I was focusing and it took every ounce I had to coordinate the flight back and make it actually happen. Then I got back and I guess I am experiencing culture shock or I’ve got ‘feeling really crazy all the time syndrome’ or at least feeling too intense for ‘blogging’. I was however writing and I guess I can post the things I was writing on the message board or something, if people still want to hear about my perspective on her progress (even if it’s somewhat outdated at this point). That said let’s shift the focus back to Hollis.
So the story I want to relay is meant to make you jump. To make you jump out of your seat and run to your bike or car or to get on that train, both metaphorically and literally. She needs you, to be invested. It has been one month since her accident and you should come see her now. You should come see how much better she is and you should keep coming back and see how much better she will be and understand it first hand. Sure we all read a lot of really cool things on the internet and sure we’ve all seen little miracles that bring us to tears but you should know that they are happening in Stanford Medical round the clock.
She hasn’t had the overwhelming amount of visitors I had thought she would. The few groups of visitors she has had have been amazing. Amazing for her as well as for her mom, who can’t stop raving about how nice all of Holli’s friends are. The first time she had a group of friends around her she used her voice for the first time since the second day after her accident, when she was making choking/screaming noises. I could hardly believe it and I can’t describe to you what it feels like to hear someone make even the slightest sound after a part of you thought you might never hear a peep ever again. Something about it squelched the post accident sounds in my head and replaced them with expectancy for actual speech.
Two nights later, the next time she had a group of visitors was amazing. She was the most responsive she has ever been. Five friends, in two groups flooded in at about the same time, bringing high hopes and good spirits. All of them and her mother and myself included made for a pretty packed room and Hollis knew it. The background noise of everyone hanging out and reminiscing and the loving cheapshots (that are taken while she can’t respond but we are all going to pay for I’m sure) were flowing colorfully. As things finally calmed down, it was down to 15 year old Ocean and her mother Lulu and me and Hollis’ mom. Ocean had brought a selection of books and began reading to Hollis. Hollis was focused and intent. She was moving her eyes between the book and all the mesmerized onlookers. She was so intent I could’ve sworn she was going to ask us a question about the book. She scanned with both eyes around in the pictures and scrunched her eyebrows like she was thinking real hard. She then was pulling Ocean’s hand to her head repeatedly like she was trying to kiss it and even got hold of her feed tube that was coming from her nose (it has since been moved to her stomach directly). I then knew it was time and I grabbed hold of her hand and stared her in the eye and asked her to squeeze my hand. She did it, on command for the first time. I then begged her to let go, a feat which seemed less probable due to the grip with which she was crushing me. Nevertheless she released and then I placed her hand on her own arm, which she began to squeeze and then Ocean asked her to let it go and with some coaxing… she did.
This very lucid bit of time that passed exhausted her, but it makes a few things blatantly obvious. She is getting better, visitors and friends help amazingly, this is very hard for her as well and it’s going to take tons of work from everyone. It takes a city, not a village. Scratch that it takes a whole Bay Area. You’ll want to have rubbed her and talked to her as much as you can when the results start being so gratifying.
What does it mean to be in a coma? What does it mean to wake up? What defines consciousness? Where are the lines between ‘coma’, ‘persistent vegetative state’, ‘minimally conscious’ and ‘fully conscious’? Hollis waxes and wanes between these and nobody can really say what’s going on behind the surface of her eyes. I do know this; Hollis is beating all the odds. That surprises no one and she is going to keep getting better. So far we have done THE BEST that we could possibly do for her. She was in the best hospital accessible to her in
I’m gonna try to get back to posting updates but also feel free to call me. Or better yet come and visit. Today, tomorrow, this weekend, every Monday, whatever works for you. And don’t worry about ‘abusing’ my number anymore. I can handle it and love to hear from all of you. It’s like listening to music with your friends. Sure the song may be good but it’s sharing it with your friends that makes it stay in your heart.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Thank You Kiki, aka Agent Crush
I wanted to make sure and thank the following people that made this happen!
-Ullass, for having the plan
-Larry Guisasola, proprietor of Joe's Gerlach Club
-Jon "Farmer" Farnsworth for bbqin (AGAIN!!)
-Quinn and Andy Luna for setting up and playing music on the fly
-All the people that came from points beyond: Winnemucca, Reno, Oakland, SF, etc.
And a VERY SPECIAL THANKS all the people of Gerlach and Empire, who not only showed up when they heard what was going on but donated their time, money and enough awesome food to feed everyone!
My pics are here, sorry there aren't more.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thanks for getting Hollis home. We did it. Now is the time to go visit her.
If you'll notice I changed the Visiting terms on the side. It's pretty relaxed now and you are encouraged to take the trip.
She has been responding to groups very well lately. According to Harrison, the other day there were a few people in her room and Ocean was reading to her from a book with very beautiful pictures. She was following the story, and looking around the room at each individual person. On the page, she would point out different pictures. Ocean would take long dramatic pauses in order for Hollis to take it all in and respond. She also squeezed a hand on command. This is very exciting.
We are encouraged to bring more intellectually stimulating material. After all, she is at an Ivy League Hospital and we would accept nothing less. Harrison said he was told that reading material is good because she is aware on some level and that will bring her back to a refined congniscence. Bring your latest term paper to read. Maybe you don't have to do the dramatic pauses or maybe you feel like its good for her to really soak in a concept. But don't treat her like a baby. She is not and will get mad if we do. Let's bring her out of this coma with theories, music, books, and stimulating concepts. Let's enable her with the belief that she will recover and her mind will too.
And come visit. Stanford is a beautiful place. Did I mention how thankful we are to them for their support of our collective goal of rehabilitating Hollis?
Friday, March 20, 2009
(see this post: http://friendsofhollis.blogspot.com/2009/03/tuesday-is-raffle-day-at-amnesia.html )
The prizes are so amazing!! I totally bought a ticket last night at Il Pirata! There are many many prizes and they are all worth a lot of money. Talk about a good deal. There are also individuals carrying around raffle tickets for your purchsing power. Find Franny or Robin hood if you know those ladies.
For the record, you CANNOT buy tickets through the paypal here. Please don't try.
You CAN donate for Hollis' medical fund through the paypal here. Please do try.
This is the latest addition:
You and 2 or your friends for a day of sailing on beautiful San Francisco Bay.
Scoop up you and your friends up in SF or your choice of local harbor.
Have lunch in the lee of Angel Island or on the island for some bocce or frisbee golf.
We have raised $100,000!!!!
Wo-OH were halfway theeere. WoooaOH livin' on a prayer!!!
Take my hand and we'll make it I swear. WOOOoh! Livin' on a prayeyair!
Keep up those plans for fundraisers.
A BIG SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Miranda Rugburn and Glenny Kravitz for their work organizing the Karaoke benefit last night.
It was brutal! I have never heard of anyone paying $20 to stop the national anthem. Four times!
We raised $592 of pure insultory money.
From DA Tinio:
"daMongolian donated 20$ yesterday online for me to sing American Pie... so I guess we cleared $600.
If memory serves American Pie took in $114
Star Spangled Banner took in $80 (short song!)
Under The Board Walk $60
Not that the numbers matter but it's kind of funny to see
I forgot to mention Jonah Th' Mole's Amusement Extravaganza last week. What a hoot that was! SPAZ brought their ginormous speakers and there was musical chairs, a cake walk, a knot tying workshop, and a station to build super glued mutants out of little action figures. MC Subzero Permafrost did a great live show to Vankmen's dance music. Th'Mole is my new favorite rapper. His show was awesome! He did a live music beatmatcher with Heartworm. Big fun time!
He donated $598 towards Hollis' medical expenses. Thank you thank you thank you!
I did some incorrect reporting about costs. I need to double reiterate that we are very thankful of Stanford gracious gift to Hollis and her care. Nothing has changed and I will report when/if it does. I am just trying to be informative and sometimes I am wrong.
For The Love Of Hollis (portland) by Gray Ayer
Thursday, March 19, 2009
From the saucy Karaoke Mistress Miranda Rugburn:
So dig it, tonight's the night. The night where instead of booing or grimacing in the corner, blubbering about when it's your turn next, talking shit about the crappy singing, you can DO something about it! Shut 'em up by giving 2 bucks. That's it. Like 'em, or just want to piss other people off? Give 2 bucks to start it up again.
So let's do this:
2007 16th St. (near Potrero)
San Francisco, CA
Bar 'til bar time, so get that firewater boiling!
So to reiterate:
Hate the person on stage? Now you have the sweet, sweet control of getting them OFF the stage! Hate the crowd? Pick the most annoying song to sing and keep the intensity rising by upping the ante and seeing if anyone will match you. Hate yourself? Well, good luck with all that, maybe singing a sweet little lullaby will put your woes at ease - HA, 'til you get shut down! 10 bucks severs (or continues?) the ties completely! This is a fight on all accounts. Hollis is fighting to come out of this, so we're (literally) fighting for her!
Luchador masks encouraged ::cough:: Logan ::cough:: Talking crap, being annoying, punching, well, we all know how punching ends, right Weldboy?
So get your jerk on, and come out!!
Can't wait to see you.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Save the Date!
We're putting together a Circus Carnival next Saturday the 28th
It will be a Benefit for Hollis Hawthorne
and will be outside our warehouse in downtown oakland
from about 2pm till dark (7 or 8pm)
We are looking for bands, performers
also for carnival booths, ideas? volunteers?
bbq and food helpers
raffle and door helpers
RAFFLE DONATIONS! got art, a bike, massage, anything?
please repost too!
Family friendly event! get those kids out here!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
She has been moved to a room with a floor-to-ceiling window from which you can see rolling hills, trees and the sunset. She has been very responsive lately, moving arm and making facial expressions. It is as though she knows where she is and is unhappy with the situation. It is hard to watch her painful expressions, but it is a good sign that she is warming back up to our reality. I can imagine her personality will be angry with being babied, angry with pity, and angry for not being able to be in her body. This reminds us to be patient with her and her situation as she goes through childhood and adolescence again.
This reminds me of etiquette while talking to a person in a coma.
1. You are a mirror for their emotions. Be cheerful and positive. If you are crying and upset, she will be soaking that in. Try talking to her in positive ways, talking about things she enjoys, things on the brighter side of life.
2. They can hear you. Some insight is provided by another burner woman who was internally decapitated and fell into a coma. During the unfortunate circumstances Amacker had while in a coma, she was able to share this:
"As I said, I was in a coma for a long time. And I remember all of it. And my brother, who never left my side, spent a lot of time talking to me. And his words were part of the script of my "coma reality." In other words, she probably CAN hear you, and depending on her brain,and how she dreams, she can process this into her world in some way. (so don't repeat yourself .. my bro did that a couple of days in a row and i was *so* flumoxed!)"
Amacker has made a miraculous recovery from a motorcycle accident 2 years ago and talks more about it here: http://helpholligethome.blogspot.com/2009/03/i-just-spoke-briefly-with-diane.html#comments
Hope you enjoy these tips.
I will get the updated visitor information as it arrives. Until then, the sidebar of this blog has the instructions on how to visit Hollis.
We scored a Touchdown!!
We successfully reached one of our goals of bringing Hollis home.
We are not out of the woods yet. There are still many uncertainties surrounding her recovery and medical expenses. Therefore we are charging along to meet our goal of $200k. And we are not alone in our efforts. We are still getting many benefits in line to satisfy our goals. This network of friends is setting a national (and worldwide) example of how any obstacle is possible to overcome with a little compassion. Or a lot!
There are several fundraisers planned in the future.
Here is a list:
1. Every Tuesday till the end of march Franny is holding a raffle with AMAZING prizes. This is in San Francisco after 9pm at Amnesia on 19th and Valencia. more info: email@example.com
2. This Thursday Miranda Rugburn and KJ Glenny Kravitz are hosting a karaoke benefit at Il Parata 2007 16th near Potrero. more info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.971.1199
3. Oakland is hosting an outdoor carnival March 28th @ Your House. They are looking for more carnival games and acts. They are allowed to do fire spinning! Jump on this because that is a rare thing in this town. To get involved email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Saturday 3/21 in Gerlach NV @ Joe's Gerlach Club. 7pm Bbq'ing tri-tip and other things, having a prize raffle for a mystery Black Rock Tour with Farmer and Fstick and for your listening pleasure The Newly Formed Gerlach All Stars will be playing at 8pm!!! BRING YOUR BANJO!!!! more info: Gary Ullas@yahoo.com or Fstick
5. March 29th Leslie aka Ocean is hosting a benefit called pARTicipate: 7-10pm @ The Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward, Ottawa, Canada. Performers: Leslie, Shakti fusion bellydance, Francesca (RockabillyBurlesque) Dani LeBlanc, Safiya, Halyma, Joshua Tacoma, plus more.
more info: email@example.com
6. Austin, TX is planning a benefit at The Enchanted Forest (date tba) There are many performers already in action, they are just solidifying the date. more info: Anne Bonny firstname.lastname@example.org
I know I am overlooking something. Please email me if I have forgotten something. I am trying to do this fast and concise. email@example.com
And least I forget, THE NUMBERS!!!!
First, some thanks to Portland, who just deposited $3,875 in the bank from For The Love Of Hollis event! Special thanks to the Sprockettes for organizing and pdx DPW for helping clean up the space. And of course to all of the performers and myriad of volunteers. If you didn't get to see the pictures, here is the link: http://www.kodelab.com/photos/main.php?g2_itemId=1032&g2_page=1
After chasing down paypal denominations, bank totals, checks to be deposited, and putting them in a number crunch, we have currently raised.......
~~~~oh em geee~~
>>>>>>(I like doing this)<<<<<<<
towards our goal of $200k
AND THE CROWD GOES WILD!!!!!!!
JUMP UP AND DOWN!!!!
We are nearing the halfway mark of our goals IN ONLY THREE WEEKS.
This is so astounding, it has been on the local news twice. AMEN!
Keep up the good work. Take a step back and regroup. Think about the power of miracles. Tell yourself you are one.
We love karaoke!!!
Who loves helping a celebrated dancer in our community get on her feet again?
We love Hollis!!!
So come on out this Thurs, March 19th to Il Parata, where we can sing her some love, and love her some more. The way this karaoke night will work is you pay two bucks to sign up for a song. Depending on the song and how badly you do, someone from the audience can pay another two bucks to stop it, and who knows? Maybe "Living on a Prayer" is ::ahem:: someone's favorite song, so they can pay another two bucks to start it back up again, and on, and on... And if you want to up the ante, hey that's acceptable too! So, come drunk, stay drunk, be tone deaf and rowdy!
Tapped out for cash? Got a huge pile of cd's (what're those?) laying around? Bring 'em in so we can sell them to Amoeba Records. Or maybe you have some of Gramma's gold costume jewelry? Glenny knows a gold dealer who will give us a fair price. Or just come out and regale in the good energy and positive thoughts! Just b/c you're too shy to get on stage doesn't mean you can't watch other people make an ass out of themselves!
2007 16th St (near Potrero)
San Francisco, Ca
March 19th (THIS THURSDAY!!!), sign up for songs starts at 9pm, so get there early to get a slot!
Bar until bar time.
The most celebrated KJ ever, Mr. Glenny Kravitz!!!
I can't wait to see your shining, stumbling, smiling faces coming together for this most awesome and deserving girl!
Ooh, ooh! Can some one bring a recorder? That would be hilarious if we could play the karaoke songs in her honor back to her!"
They are planning an early afternoon outdoor barbecue and carnival atmosphere that will be moved inside as the sun goes down. If you would like to lend a hand, an act, or a fire performance, email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510.289.7602)
Two people at a time.
10am-10pm on the even hour.
For a duration of a half an hour.
While she is in the shared room with others, she is not allowed flowers.
When she gets her own room, she will be allowed more freedoms, including more visitors at a time for longer.
Harrison is overseeing the visiting hours.
You can call him (please don't abuse the number)
At the Moment she is in E2 at the Stanford Hospital on campus.
I met Franny at Gold Rush and she emailed me an updated list of the super spectacular prizes you can win with a raffle ticket. She has never met Hollis, but is friends of her friends. When she heard, her heart went out to her mother and she felt compelled to do something. This is an example of the awesome magnitude of the powers of compassion. Thanks Franny and everyone who donated.
Any questions? contact her:
I will be at Amnesia every Tuesday after 9pm to sell tickets until March 31st. I am looking for volunteers to take 10 tickets each to sell in the meantime.
Dark Garden Corsetry is selling tickets to the raffle. Thanks DG!!
Azure Salon will be selling raffle tickets for the east bay.
The raffle will be held:
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: The Bus Stop Gallery
Street: 135 Dore off Folsom between 9th and 10th
City/Town: San Francisco, CA
Hollis Raffle Prizes
$10.00 per raffle ticket
*1 BURNING MAN TICKET: VALUE, PRICELESS
Thank you Burning Man Organization
*Spa Day at Opals:Value $250.00
*Franny's massage, Aeion's psychic reading, great food. This may be augmented. stay tuned for updates.
*Bad Unkl Sista clothing design: Value $250-300 Oh sweet goddess!!
*Miranda Carorligne custom piece from her new offcut collection. $250-300 (see link below) Thank you Miranda:)
*2 pairs of tickets to ANY Goldenvoice concert @ the Regency Grand Ballroom
tinyurl.com/regencygrand Value $100.00-200.00 Courtesy Of Justin
*2 Tix for the next Bohemian Carnival: Value $40.00 Thanks Boe
*2 Tix for Gooferman Day April 1st( must be present to win this one)
I will have lived in the city for a year come celebrate my Franiversary!!
*A fantastic champagne: Krug Grand Cuvee. Krug is widely regarded as the best champagne house in existence and has a reputation for only the utmost in quality.
Courtesy Freddie Brooks-Sommelier
*8 Posters by Lee Harvey Roswell: Value $25.00 each
You are the sweetest!!
*Custom design Bustle by Circus Trunk (Brooke) You are goddess!! look her up in my friends
*Mani/Pedi at Cocoon Day Spa:Value $60.00
*Custom Knit Hat by Melissa Castaneda( one of the great Foos) Value ($30.00?)
*Dark Garden Certificate:Value $20.00 (using my credit)
*Custom Airbrush tan in Baton Rouge from Makeup Mary (more details later)This is one of several sisters who have always been supportive:)
*A lucky double-sided visor, hand made in San Francisco by E-STAR. Rolling Dice on one side and lucky horseshoes on the other. Value: $35.00
*Color Consultation By Miz Tint Interiors. Robin Hood
*2 hour trucking or a dump run by Coastside Construction Services-Todd Kahl- Owner/Operator Thanks Todd:)
*3 hours of weeding by Patty Kazz..contact info to com
*A highly fashionable and well made tie skirt: Lori Stein. Its so cute and will be custom fit to the winner!
*$50 Dumb Clothing gift certificate!!! Paula Fletcher
very sweet Paula:)
*A pair of Neo-Victorian cuffs- Adornments For Tarts- Choklit Chanteuse $86 value. Winner could choose the pair, she has 6 or so designs.
*Anon Salon is donating a deluxe package with admission and drinks. Thanks Spoon and Joe
Monday, March 16, 2009
They are planning for the second week of April and are still looking for a venue that will fit all the offers of performers for the show. If you can help her out, email her at the address below.
"Hey Eliza, I thought you would be interested in some updates on the Austin benefit for Hollis. I know she is coming home today!!! But I'm sure there will be years of medical bills for rehab and such so we are still gonna go head with the benefit. A friend Dominique offered up her back yard but I have gotten such a large response from people and performers it seems we will need a bigger venue. Someone offered up a warehouse space that holds 1000 people so I am looking into reserving a date for that."
Sunday, March 15, 2009
He and his crew from the San Mateo division of the American Medical Response will be picking up our lady and transporting her to the Stanford Hospital in the next 24 hours.
They will also be escorting her with a response vehicle too, so our lady has an entourage.
I will be asking the hospital about the visiting hours and regulations, as well as her room number so we can start scheduling visits with her.
I will post those here, so stay tuned for more information.
This is a remarkable moment in the face of adversity. I can't hide the fact that I feel empty from the lack of a thousand things to do. I feel a little empty from all the accomplishments we have achieved. After a big weekend of fundraisers and news and wads of cash and the fact that we have achieved our goal, to Help Hollis Home. Now it is the silence. She is in the air as I type.
What flowers should I get? What powersuit should I wear? What magical rocks do I put in my pocket to help me get through our re-introduction with warmth and a smile?
Saturday, March 14, 2009
SHE'S COMING HOME ON MONDAY!!!!
I was going to wait until she was in the air to announce it. You know how these things can be more complicated than we would enjoy.
But her family's site has blown the the whistle on secrecy and announced her arrival, so You guys deserve to revel extra hard while it's still the weekend.
Thanks to a very large loan with interest and everything, Hollis' family was able to secure a flight while we are still in the fundraising state.
We will be giving all of the money we raise to her Mother. She has been paying the hospital bill everyday in India, and she will be taking care of the financial burden. Now we know that Stanford has offered their care, but we have to be real about the nature of her injury and the mystery it is shrouded. Brain stem controls the involuntary motor skill, like blinking and breathing. While she was still on the respirator, the future looked very grim to me. When she began to breath on her own again, it was a very good sign. We need to be real about the possibilities of her outcome. She could have a full recovery, or she could need assistance for the rest of her life. This money you have donated will be the safety net for her while she is considering waking up from the horrendous moment where everything changed for her.
And really, the fact that she is calibrating her eyes to both look in one direction, and that she is communicating through slight hand squeezes shows that she is regenerating. These things take time. I can only that our golden light we are lending her and Harrison will be the strength for the next step. And a better one.
First of all, a gigantic thank you to those of you who lent a hand, an art piece, a vocal chord, a dance number, a trunk full of stuff, makeup assistance etc. etc. Everyone in the hive who built the golden set, and filled it with honey. We really found a great team through this fundraiser. The venue was impressed by our teamwork, and the crowd got the epic slice of Hollis' friends and how wonderful they are. Yesterday I went to the bank with Karen and deposited the cash from the benefit which was.........................................$8,962.00! This is not the total of how much we brought in because of some donations made on the paypal station that was set up in the art gallery. I am not sure which ones are from the venue because they don't specify. That being said, the money in the paypal from the last two days is $5,000, making out total:
I know you have been waiting so I won't do as many of these~~~~~~~~~~~.
This is a truly astounding feat of friendship and networking.
AGAIN, this money is not counting the family's $30,00 they have raised.
We are on the precipice of breaking the five digit number. This amount is more than most people I know makes in a year or two. Pat yourself on the back for your efforts.
There is no Recession of Love!!
Friday, March 13, 2009
I know you all want it! Let me do some accounting.
But first, YOGA BENEFIT INFO:
Do Yoga for Hollis!
2pm, Saturday, March 14th, 2009
Bikram Yoga in the Mission - 2390 Mission Street at 20th Street, SF, CA 94110
Give from your heart - all proceeds go to help Hollis come home and get well!
Come share your energy with your community & do more than just raise a glass to your friend - send her some yogic love!
Friend, yogini, and kindred spirit Hollis Hawthorne needs your help!
How do we plan to give it to her? With yoga, of course!
Hollis went to India in search of a guru.... Let's show her that her gurus were here the whole time - right in her own backyard.
Hollis tried and practiced a variety of styles of yoga, including Bikram Yoga. In fact, she was an integral part of this studio when we were just getting things off the ground. I am confident that she would be honored to know that her friends were practicing yoga together and sharing our collective energy to give her some when she needs it the most.
Bikram Yoga is a 90-minute class that is suitable for anyone to practice - beginners are always welcome! Come hydrated and on an empty stomach. Wear clothing you are comfortable sweating in. Be prepared to challenge yourself and have fun.
This class will sell out! To sign up online, go to www.bikramyogainthemission.com
Questions? Please email Steve23 & Juicy Sanchez: email@example.com
Thursday, March 12, 2009
BLING BLING: It's for you!! GOLD RUSH!!! tonight @ Slims Holla'4Hollis! Wear Gold. Share Gold! We are blinging her home! YAYYAH! 333 11th SF Starts early 8pm.To buy tickets in advance:
I will announce the total again after today is over. You understand.
More country-wide fundraiser updates:
This is form Chicago. A burner named Absinthe.
"I heard about Hollis' accident from Clear and read about it on the
internet. I want to help get her home by donating 10% of profits from
my etsy store over the next month.
It's mostly girl stuff. But I'm going to try and get some guy stuff
up in the next week or so.
Featuring tribal clothing inspired by elf and fairy fashion as well as
by fashion in underground communities of artists and travelers.
Buying these clothes supports the sustainability ethic as well as
independant designers. Most materials used are either recycled or
organic fibers. Each fabric is personally selected through various
methods to ensure quality. It's awesome gear. Great for burners and
people interested in unique and handmade clothing.
For the next month 10% of profits will go to bringing Hollis home and
help with her medical costs. With the first $300 we'll throw a
fundraisder in Chicago , messge me through Elven Forest Creations if
you want to vounteer your help in any way."
I heard Evelina of Rat Patrol was thinking about cooking up a Save Hollis Stew.
Seek them out.
Also, we have many people from Oakland who have offered benefit show acts and venues.
We need someone who wants to organize something (ie. head HUB) so we can get the gracious offers for help moving in the right direction.
I have found, while trudging through this great sadness, that it helps to do something about it. I have heard this from many people and seen it shine through on the outreach.
It is a great experiment in mobilizing for the Greater Good.
And we are Good and getting Greater!!
Take a moment to thank yourself for being on this website and for giving out.
You make this a RAD World!
Slim's, 333 11th St., SF
7:30pm, performance starts at 8pm, $20
Presale tix here: http://tickets.slims-sf.com/
Hollis Hawthorne, the dancer, the doer, the maker, the muse who has touched so many people, is in a coma in India and NEEDS OUR HELP. The purpose of this fundraiser is to fly her home to the world-class donated care of Stanford University.
Extra Action Marching Band
Melvin's Puppet Show
Conspiracy of Venus
Valerie Orth Band
One Fell Swoop
Panning for Gold
Hollis Kissing Booth
Live Auction with Chicken John
Silent Art Auction curated by Will Chase
Raffle for a pair of BURNING MAN TICKETS, Teatro Zinzanni Tickets, and more TBA!
Wear GOLD, our girls' s signature color, to beam light, love, and health from here to India. Bright and blingin' so she'll see it through the darkness!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Greetings from The Silver State.
We'd like to announce that we're having a Hollis fundraiser.. in GERLACH
FUCKIN' NEVADA!!!!?????!!!! Yup!
Saturday 3/21 at Joe's Gerlach Club. The bar opens at 3PM.
The festivities start around 7pm. We'll be bbq'ing tri-tip and other things,
having a prize raffle for a mystery Black Rock Tour with Farmer and Fstick
and for your listening pleasure The Newly Formed Gerlach All Stars will be
playing at 8pm!!! BRING YOUR BANJO!!!!
If you want to come and need a place to stay email Gary at
Ullas@yahoo.comor Fstick at
firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll find you a place.
We'll see you out here!
might be able to stop in:
Shakti fusion presents: pARTicipate!
A Benefit for Hollis Hawthorne
Sunday, March 29th (though it may happen Friday 27th, I'm awaiting
7-10 at The Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward, Ottawa, Canada
Performers: Leslie, Shakti fusion bellydance, Francesca (Rockabilly
Burlesque) Dani LeBlanc, Safiya, Halyma, Joshua Tacoma, and more to come!
Admission at the door is on a sliding scale, $10 or more, whatever you can
afford to donate. *All funds generated from this event will be donated to
Hollis' family via the PayPal account they have set up.
For more information: leslie AT shaktifusion DOT ca
Tribal Fusion and Fire dance artist
Baladi tribal et danse du feu
"Is there anyone in austin tx who would be intrested in having a hollis
fundraiser? I have some bands and performers in mind who would be down
to play. Anyone want to help organize/volunteer for this, get a hold of
me. email me for my number.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
will be going to Amnesia every Tuesday after 9pm until March 31st. I
will draw the tickets at 545 Connecticut St @ 20th from 7:30-9. On
You need not be present to win for all prizes with the exception of the two tickets to Gooferman Day at the DNA lounge that evening.
First and foremost:
Hollis' story and non raffle donations online
$10.00 per raffle ticket
Prizes so far:
1 BURNING MAN TICKET: VALUE, PRICELESS
Tcho Chocolate: Value $175.00
Thanks Holly for your personal donation
Spa Day at Opals:Value
Franny's massage, Aeion's psychic reading, great food. This may be augmented. stay tuned for updates.
Miranda Carorligne custom piece from her new offcut collection. $250-300 (see link below)
4 Tix to be split into two raffle prizes to ANY show @ the Regency through Golden Boys.
Courtesy Of Justin
2 Tix for the next Bohemian Carnival: Value $40.00
2 Tix for Gooferman Day April 1st( must be present to win this one)
I will have lived in the city for a year come celebrate my Franiversary!!
A fantastic champagne: Krug Grand Cuvee. Krug is widely regarded as the best champagne house in existence and has a reputation for only the utmost in quality.
Courtesy Freddie Brooks-Sommelier
8 Posters by Lee Harvey Roswell: Value $25.00 each
You are the sweetest!!
Custom design Bustle by Circus Trunk (Brooke)
You are goddess!! look her up in my
Mani/Pedi at Cocoon Day Spa:Value $60.00
Custom Knit Hat by Melissa Castaneda( one of the great Foos) Value ($30.00?)
Dark Garden Certificate:Value $20.00 (using my credit)
Custom Airbrush tan in Baton Rouge from Makeup Mary (more details later)This is one of several sisters who have always been supportive:)
A lucky double-sided visor, hand made in San Francisco by E-STAR. Rolling Dice on one side and lucky horseshoes on the other. Value: $35.00
Color Consultation By MizTint Interiors www.dejanvier.org/miztint/
Ok. coffee time.
Well, I gues I could say something about how I received word that there is a benefit getting rolling in Minneapolis. Hopefully the Derailleurs can get out there for Bike!Bike! this year. Here is what she said:
I'd love to send a check, I'd also like to tell you we're working on a benefit in mpls. more to come soon...I don't know hollis but as a yoga teaching bike riding india loving music freak she's my friend. Tell her even folks who don't know her are rallying.
Monday, March 9, 2009
just a note to say --
-- big ups to all the connectors, performers, musicians, DJs, VJs, surprise appearances, friends, loving strangers, out-of-towners, bakers, servers, cleaners, healers, helpers, artists, sound technicians, word-spreaders, fantasy providers, trapeze swingers, donation-givers and of course the House of Yes yes yes...
I wanted to let you know that the fundraiser was amazing. Everyone was very moved and the music was so good and the energy was incredibly positive. We had the remote healing circle which turned into a song that everyone in the whole venue was creating live with instruments, noisemakers, banging on the walls, and every other audible and other way to summon and send energy. all with hollis projected on the walls 20 feet tall! there were surprise guest appearances of performance art, trapeze, and a number of other very creative fundraising gimmicks..
we will edit the footage and send it asap.
* * * we raised a total of $2,135 in the rusty emergency aid kit cash box plus another hundred fifty or so still being collected from the auction and an additional $500 direct deposit !!! * * * bringing us damn close to 3 g in a few hours (and only 3 days of planning).. not bad for a room full of starry-eyed [broke] new yorkers.
Many of you have pledged your frequent flyer miles to the cause, and we may be able to use them.
We are looking into a flight on Air France.
If you are able to transfer FFM from __________to Harrison or Hollis, then we could use your help.
Please email me or contact Harrison if you have his details.
elizastrack (at) gmail (dot) com
Air France isn't working out, but I am not sure what airline we might use, so I am not going to discount the FFM idea, we just don't know which airline.
I will keep you posted.
This link was forwarded through the DPW list. Thanks.
Two weeks ago I might have discounted this article, but seeing the events that transpired, I can't help but wonder about the possibility of healing through email. I just received an email from Cameroon, Africa saying that some Peace Corps officers heard of the story and will have their son send a check for them. And right before that I got a donation from Vancouver B.C. from member of a bicycle dance team up there, The Brakes, who held a benefit brunch. They said that most of the people there only knew Hollis third hand. Then I get word that Austin, Gerlach, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, and Ottowa are all hosting benefits in the next few weeks. I also received an open letter to the yoga community. It was a call to mobilize city and country wide Yoga Benefits to aide Hollis. Have you ever heard of a Yoga Benefit? My mind is blown.
The article above brings up the idea that healing by email is possible because of the intention sent with it. I can particularly attest to this because I have read all ten thousand emails this week that have been sealed with a healing kiss. Most of the salutations are towards Hollis, but many include a pray of light to the columns supporting her. I feel connected to Hollis, and I try to send each screen shot to her in our own subconscious language. If healing by email is possible, even if Hollis doesn't get to see every single email that wishes her well, there is some substance to these desires. I must say the side effect also heals the community. It is beneficial for a person to feel the sensation of loving, and especially loving without limits. It is important for us to know how to give love. And by getting familiar with the value of your thoughts you send out, you know the benefits of receiving healing thoughts. We are activating our conscious networks, and I am very excited to see the outcomes. Ok, this is the end of the "New Agey" post. Just think it about it.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Email me for the details: elizastrack (at) gmail (dot) com.
I have a meeting on monday with a non-profit organization to get sponsorship. If this happens, we can offer tax-deductible donation options shortly.
I have a whole novel of things to write about the community share we are creating for Hollis, but I need to write up an email/press release/ official "big money" request letter. So look for the monetary description post to be coming shortly.
This venture that 1500 of you have contributed to will be visible and well explained, so that you can be sure that your thoughtful donations are really being put towards the quickest, safest recovery for Hollis.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
All these pictures were donated to us by Alicia Sangiuliano.
Friday, March 6, 2009
All in all we had 38 people donate sums toward his generous pledge to match any money donated between 10:30 am and 6pm tonight up to $3,000
The polls have closed, with two donations slipping in right at 6:00.
The official tally was:
We surpassed our goal, the temperature gauge is through the ceiling!
It's getting hot in here with all this fire!
Mr. Dragon will put his money where his fiery mouth is today!!
THAT BRINGS OUR TOTAL UP TO:
I am not a betting woman, but I can guess we might break the big 7 tonight.
That means we are nearing the halfway point.
The next seven days we will see four benefits happen.
This is so astounding!
THANK YOU to all donating without knowing Hollis.
With your spirit leading her home, she will have some new folks to meet.
She went to India to find a Yoga Guru, and we can't help but show her her gurus were right here the whole time.
Thank you to the moon and back!
UPDATE: “This just in, if you give today before 6:00, a donor known only as Mr. Dragon will match your donation… up to $3,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Please put “Dragon match” in your donation note field… Thank you, Mr. Dragon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please add your donations to the comments, so we can keep track. At this rate, Hollis will be home for dinner on Monday!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1. To write on the forum, subscribe to the google group.
---->You DO NOT have to have a gmail to sign up<---
---->You DO NOT have to get a million emails, check the settings guide<-----------
2. We need more pictures for the Images section
Hope this helps ease your current issues with the commenting and information sharing.
AND....... I assume that some of the 95 people currently on the site, and the 2,186 people who have looked at it today and probably donated a little to our golden girl WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE TOTAL!!!???!!
Am I right? DRUMROLL............. $65,000!!!!
Can you believe it folks?
Our goal of $200,000 is getting to a more manageable place.
And there are REALY GREAT UPDATES FROM THE HOSPITAL!!! I am just waiting to hear if from the source before I post it.
HHmm...It seems that Love and Light were deemed "hippy" and went underground for the 80's and 90's, but are now making a comeback as western science and eastern medicine have connected together to form a circle. People who would never want to be classified as "New Age" or "religious" are uttering the L-words left and right. Way to go, RAD WORLD, feeling it in public is the first step to our new renaissance.
Gold Rush: A Benefit for Hollis Hawthorne
Featuring THE EXTRA ACTION MARCHING BAND
One Feell Swoop
Art Auction by Will Chase
Thursday March 12
Doors at 7:30
Show at 8pm
333 11th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Hollis Hawthorne, the dancer, the doer, the maker, the muse who has touched so many people, is in a coma in India and NEEDS OUR HELP. The purpose of this fundraiser is to fly her home to the world-class donated care of Stanford University.
This event is GOLD themed, Hollis' signature color. Everyone is urged to wear gold!
For more information, go to http://www.slims-sf.com or (facebook website to be given shortly) or http://friendsofhollis.blogspot.com
The Hindu , India's national news center did a story to propel our cause to the winds.
MORE TO COME.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
All march sales will go to getting Hollis back to us so we can get her the best medical care available.
Also,she will be auctioning the dress she shore:
This ABFAB photo was taken by Kyle Hailey
(she took one of me too in front of this SF, dressed in gold of course)
He said they have COMPLETELY taken her off the respirator and she is breathing by herself 24 breaths/minute.
They took out the venus monitor that went down her throat and directly into her heart to measure the pressure. Her heart rate is about 100bpm with great pressure.
They took the stitches out of her left ear and it looks great. He said it looks like she had some sort of piercing, but it's not freaky like his post about the accident might imply. He said her color is returning and the swelling in her face has gone. She is starting to have her body back for herself. I am sure she is happy about that.
The doctors say if she continues on this path, she is on a quick recovery route. If she continues to improve then she might be able to take a commercial flight to Stanford. That being said, with brain injuries, it is always a mystery how long and how people recover.
He also wanted to clarify:
The Times of India article denoted that the family was not satisfied with the hospital care in India. This applied to previous hospitals. APOLLO HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL and they are going to try to convey that tomorrow when they have another interview with another newspaper.
Keep her in your thoughts. Go to a benefit. Donate something to the silent auctions. Take a yoga class at Mission Yoga or The Caretaker's. We're bringin' Hollis Back. YOU are helping.
WHO WANTS TO KNOW THE NEWEST TOTAL??????!!!
(ooh! me! Mee too! Over here, I want to know!)
Our goal is $200,000
->A special thank you to the millionth power to all 836 people who hooked a sister up<-
Let's just put this into perspective:
Yesterday, when I began accounting the day's total, it was $17, 500. The day before that we were at $4,500. I am now going to sleep knowing that the money more than doubles each day because of how many people are letting their friends know about the situation. This is a true testimonial to the power of the interweb and the new age of information.
The Heart Knows No Borders! A Benefit for Hollis
Saturday March 7th at 8 pm
House of Yes
342 Maujer Street, Brooklyn
L to Grand
Music by Advaita Vera, Amanda Salane, The Yes Way, Jubel Jenkins
& DJ Arrow Chrome
Projections by Glass Bead Collective & Derailleurs Footage
Remote Healing Circle. Miss Hope. Holler for Hollis. Fancy Art Auction.