It took longer than I anticipated, but eventually 10% of my online holiday card sales went to the charities below. I dragged my feet a bit after last season (freelance deadlines). Plus one of last years funds closed. Then the Boston Marathon bombing happened. Close to cutting checks, I knew where donations needed to go:
New England Patriots Charitable Foundation & The One Fund
Through the New England Patriots web site you can donate — "On April 16, the Kraft Family announced $100,000 in matching donations to support Boston Marathon victim recovery. If you are making a donation in response to Monday’s tragedy, please note “Boston Marathon”. All donations and matching funds will be earmarked for The One Fund."
The Kraft Family is firmly focused on their charitable endeavors. You have to believe they will make sure the monies go in the right direction. NOTE the added bonus of matching funds! Go Pats!
Vermont Disaster Relief Fund
The recoveries of more than 250 Vermont families remain unresolved according to their website. This Fund is actively working to rebuild the lives of the Vermonters still impacted by Hurricane Irene. Last year I had donated to a similar fund.
Thanks for your support. Onto next season — Best, Mike
I thought it might be interesting for followers of my work to see the progression of my new holiday card POWDER DAY. As you can see from the bottom sketch originally I was contemplating having the snow boarder closer to the foreground. But I feared that visually your eye would drift to the left side of the card only. By making the snowboarder smaller hopefully people will peer more closely at the image soaking up all the juicy detail in the trees and snow and the mountains in the distance. Plus I like the quick pencil sketch of the boarder enough to know she'll be showcased in one of my next illustrations. This time in the foreground with a skier lost way back there in the trees. Which, as a skier who enjoys the trees, is always a good thing do. — Mike Biegel 09.02.12
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