Calling Mark Simon! |

Calling Mark Simon!

Congratulations to Steve and Lisa -- getting married today up at Cross Creek. All friends, if you missed your invitation, come on down to the Eagle River Inn at 4 for the big party.

A gentleman from the New Orleans area named Kenneth Lincoln is trying to find Mark Simon to talk to him about his parents, Joe and Carmen, who lived next to one of gigantic holes that broke open in the levees around the city this week.Lincoln believes Simon might still be in the Vail area, but there’s no listing for him in the local phone book. If you know Mark Simon whose parents live in New Orleans, or you are Mark Simon whose parents live in New Orleans, please call Kenneth Lincoln at 938-856-2105 or stuffWendi Hollenbeck of the Art Factory in Edwards has ties to Texas, where tens of thousands of people have landed after being driven out of their homes in Louisiana.

About 20,000 people are now staying in the Astrodome in Houston. Another 20,000 are expected in Reunion Arena in Dallas.Folks there can use clothes, first aid kits, toothbrushes and so on, and the kids could really use some clean, gently used stuffed animals.Following are a couple of addresses to send stuff to, as well as some guidelines.Please make sure contributions of stuffed animals and clothing are clean. Kids clothes should be separated by size. If anyone wants to buy new items, please just send checks to the relief agencies.Please, send whatever you send to relief agencies, and not just to the Astrodome or Reunion Arena.The folks staying in the arenas arrived with little but the clothes on their backs, and the kids could really use some friendly stuffed animals to snuggle with at night while they stay with thousands of others in a strange place far from home.

Please send donations to:Salvation Army of Dallas County9216 Harry Hines Blvd.Dallas, TX 75235

Salvation Army of Tarrant County1555 Cherry LaneWhite Settlement, TX 76108Donations can also be sent to a studio Hollenbeck’s mother owns. That address is:

Earth To Art3755 Cornish Ave.Ft. Worth, TX 76133Phil speaks, come listenA local foundation is planning a true celebrity fundraiser.

The foundation, Swift Eagle, will host “A Night with Phil Jackson” on Friday at 4 Eagle Ranch north of Wolcott. Jackson will speak following a silent auction and dinner. The event will raise money for Swift Eagle, an organization started by a group of longtime local citizens concerned about people who fall between the cracks in the valley. Jackson is a lifelong friend of Vail local Dave Haakenson, one of the founders of the Swift Eagle Foundation. The two grew up together in Williston, N.D., where they played on a state championship basketball team. Coincidentally, Jackson was given the name Swift Eagle by the Lakota Indians of South Dakota in the 1970s. Intrigued by Haakenson’s dream, he agreed to be honorary chairman of the organization and speak at the Sept. 9 event. His speech will focus on his Lakota naming ceremony and emphasize the lifelong responsibilities and possibilities that come with his name.Tickets for the event are $100 and are available at Paddy’s Restaurant in Eagle-Vail. To learn more about sponsorships, call Haakenson or Pat Hamilton at 926-3846. Donations can be sent to Swift Eagle Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 1977, Avon, 81620. More information is available at Vail, Colorado

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