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I kicked off my weekend a little early last week by attending a wonderful fundraiser Thursday evening for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education that was sponsored by the Moss on the James Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society. The event, which included a dinner and live and silent auctions, raised a little over $8,000 for the Foundation!-a HUGE thank-you to Moss on the James and member Bob Almond for sponsoring and organizing the event, which was held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Richmond, Virginia.

Excitement at the silent auction table. The gift bags were available for $25 each and included an assortment of gifts and gift certificates. One lucky bag included a voucher for one of my miniature watercolors.

Shirley Collins, President of Pat's Blue Goose Chapter, purchased the lucky bag with the original watercolor.

During the evening, the Foundation presented two inaugural Humanitarian Awards. One was awarded to Dr. Bob A. Archuleta of Midlothian, Virginia, and the other to Dr. Harold F. Young, a prominent neurosurgeon with the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia (MCV) Hospital.

Doctors Harold F. Young and Bob A. Archuleta are the recipients of the Foundation's inaugural, 2010 Humanitarian Awards.

Dr. Archuleta is the founder of Noah's Children, which is the only hospice and palliative care organization in Central Virginia and one of only a few in the nation that works with children's families who are faced with their child's life-threatening illness. In 1998, I published a print titled Noah's Ark, and a portion of the proceeds from the edition was donated to Noah's Children. Dr. Young holds a reputation for his outstanding surgery and training of neurosurgeons at the Harold F. Young Neurosurgery Unit, named in his honor, at MCV Hospital. He is nationally recognized for his dedication to his patients, interns, and the community. The work of both doctors is a model for all humanity, and the Foundation is very pleased to salute the distinguished and dedicated work of these two individuals who have made and continue to make outstanding contributions to our society. Their contributions exemplify the mission of the Foundation to make a difference in the lives of people who are faced with challenges.

Also during the evening, the Virginia Commonwealth University Alumni Association and the School of Education recognized my charity print contributions to them over the years, which have raised over $25,000 in scholarship funds. I was most honored to receive several gifts, including the "VCU Connect, Engage, and Serve" t-shirt shown above and a certificate for lifetime membership in the VCU Alumni Association. Pictured above, L. to R.: Dr. Dale Kalkofen, President of the School of Education Alumni Council; Donna Dalton, President of the VCU Alumni Association; me; and Stephanie Holt, Chairperson of the VCU Alumni Association Service Committee. Not pictured at far left was Gordon McDougall, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Affairs.

Former Foundation executive director Bob Almond and me.

Congratulations to Bob, who organized this very successful fundraising event for the Foundation. Bob is a former executive director of the Foundation and a member of the Moss on the James Chapter, which sponsored the event. Bob received the framed pencil sketch My Favorite Story from the Foundation in appreciation of his dedication and service. Bob was convinced the little boy in the sketch is himself as a child-cute as a button!

This beautiful quilt was made around one of my hand-painted fabric centerpieces by Charlene Carsrud of Nevada, IA. Charlene is a member of the Society's Heart of Iowa Chapter. Pictured with me above is my friend Floyd Boothe of Richmond, VA. Floyd was the high bidder for the quilt during the evening's live auction. Floyd and I were bidding against each other for the quilt on opposite sides of the room and didn't know we were competing against each other. When I figured it out, I stopped bidding-it's hard to bid against your friends. Floyd is a great supporter of the Foundation.

My daughter Patty and I spent Saturday with Mark and Meleana Moore and their friends and collectors at Framecraft in Warrenton, Virginia. Warrenton is a very special, historic place, and the buildings are so beautiful. It was great driving into town and seeing Fauquier County Courthouse, which is featured in Framecraft's show print Warmth within Warrenton. Everyone loved the print!

John Whichard of Warrenton is the new owner of the original painting Warmth within Warrenton, hanging on the wall behind us.

On Sunday we drove to Buchanan, Virginia, for a show at Apple Barn Gallery with Rachel and Alfred Nichols and friends. Buchanan is apple country and so lovely this time of year. We drove down on Route 11 instead of the interstate and got to see the small towns along the way. It was a beautiful day.

The line-up outside Apple Barn Gallery.

Buchanan's Mayor Tom Middlecamp, pictured with me above, presented me with the beautiful welcome basket, which was made up by Buchanan's Downtown Revitalization Manager Harry Gleason. Note the wonderful scarf I'm wearing; it was a gift from Susan Garman of Daleville, VA, who makes them.

Patty and I drove over to Radford after the show and spent the night with my daughter Mary in her cabin. We ate dinner together and watched a movie and laughed a lot. By 10:00 Monday morning, we were in Dublin to sign for Collector's Showcase. Jeanette & Eddy Stephens and Mildred Wall are so dedicated to their framing, and it's always a pleasure to be with them and their collectors.

This weekend I'll be in Kalona, Iowa, with Doris Greiner and friends at The Village Shoppe. We're releasing Kinnick Stadium during the show, which features the football stadium at the University of Iowa.

Go Hawks! Kinnick Stadium will be released during my show with The Village Shoppe in Kalona, IA, November 12-13. For more information, please contact the gallery at 319-656-3853.

I'm very excited about the P. Buckley Moss Museum's upcoming special exhibit featuring my smaller originals. There will be an opening reception at the Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia, on Thursday, December 2, at 6:00 p.m. If you're interested in attending the opening reception for "Moss in Miniature", please contact the Museum at 1-800-343-8643 or 540-949-6473.

Veterans' Day is Thursday, November 11. Please remember our veterans in your prayers and deeds.


Another Successful Foundation Conference!

The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education hosted its 13th Annual Creative Mind Conference on Saturday, October 23, at the P. Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia. The theme of this year's conference was "Voices from the Past, Envisioning the Future". Attendees came away with new ideas and information to use in their classrooms. After the conference, guests were invited for a private tour of the Museum. What a great way to end the conference!

John Almarode, keynote speaker and member of the Foundation's Board of Directors, addressing the conference attendees. John spoke about meeting the emotional needs of our most fragile students through the arts. Additional workshops throughout the day were presented by Barbara Spillman Lawson (Shake it Up! Shout it Out! Literacy with a Laugh!), Amy Faulkner (Turning Oral History into Creative Writing), Johnel Childress (Teaching History Through Drama, Play, Writing, and Set Design), and Mrs. Jacqueline Mendels Birn (Surviving the Memories; Living Life to the Fullest).

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