Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fundraiser - YOU are invited!

I think I mentioned that I was planning an event in Los Angeles to raise money for the school and library. I am excited to share the details with you now (and my apologies to my Facebook friends who have already heard all about it).

A Book in Their Hands …A Benefit for Ethiopia Reads & Tesfa.

Imagine never holding a book. Imagine never having the opportunity to go to school.

Join us on April 17th as we come together to make sure books and education are a reality for one community in the Kambata Tembaro region of Ethiopia.

Food, drinks, music, live performances, and silent auction.

WHEN:   April 17th, 2011, 6:30 pm
WHERE: The Electric Lodge
                 1416 Electric Ave, Venice, Ca. 90291
                 PH: 310-306-1854
Tickets: $50, Adults only. Purchase Tickets HERE. (You can purchase tickets as donations too, if you can't make it in person. But really, you should come! Jane Kurtz will be there, The 17th is her birthday! It's the day after mine! What are the chances? I love this woman!)
More Info: Contact Julie at
For event updates, including artist lineup, go to the Facebook Event page HERE.

The Electric Lodge is a great spot right in the heart of Venice. Melese really likes those "yittle guy," "shiny man,"angels all over the place. 
Did you see the poster? Wow. It is designed by Yadesa Bojia (who needs his own post). He is an incredible artist who has generously offered to donate a painting for the silent auction. INCREDIBLE! He may also speak. I just adore his design for the evening. I am hoping to make some T-shirts and posters, and sell them at the event and here on the blog.

So C'mon! Spring! Venice Beach! Ethiopia Reads! Art! Music! Tesfa! Food! Booze! ME! The theatre only holds 120 some people, so get your tickets soon! (You know there will most likely be an embarrassing ugly cry or two from me, surely you don't want to miss that?)


  1. I am so tempted to buy two tickets just in case we are by some miracle able to make it. I could then give them to someone if we can't. I will definitely buy tshirts when you get them out.

  2. You so do not know how much I would LOOOOOOVE to be there! let me know how to buy tickets as donations - we still haven't got up off our butts to actually do our donating (but just got tax refund so the time is now!)

    Will Tshirts be internationally shipp-able? PLEASE say yes. You do not know how much I want to be able to buy a Tshirt as my consolation prize for for not actually being there.

  3. I'm tempted to buy tickets and raffle them off on my blog. I love love love the poster. Amazing, Julie. I am really getting excited!

  4. sign me up for a t-shirt or 8...

  5. T-shirt me!
    I haven't been able to leave comments here so I am SO hoping it works this time.
    I love what you are doing. Wish I could be there. I think you are going to sell out the venue.

  6. Incredible! Really wish I could be there. Definitely must have a t-shirt, though...

  7. Looking into flights. Can't figure out if I'm actually serious or not.

  8. I would buy a t-shirt too! Also, can I post your invite on my FB page?? I have some friends on the west coast....

  9. Oh crap--forgot to have the follow up comments emailed to me...sorry for cluttering up your comments!

  10. Yes, of course Michele! Come everyone!