Memorial for Kirk Reeves The Trumpet Man
This Donation Page is to help fund a Memorial for Kirk Reeves aka The Trumpet Man
Please help cover some of the costs of this Memorial.
The statue alone could cost a minimum of $30,000 for just a little statue of Kirk Sitting on a bench playing his trumpet on the Hawthorne bridge. I know the economy is rough right now, so anything would be great. Even a Bench or Brass sign, would be awesome. Anything left over will be donated to help Homeless people with Diabetes.
We are holding a candlelight vigil for the man that always had a smile and made us smile on Sunday, November 18 at 4pm Under the Hawthorne Bridge. (Westside Waterfront) Please join us.
I just wanted to update you all on Gofundme, since I am not quite sure you are all hitting up the FB page. As most of you are all aware, we did not raise enough money for the ideal memorial in Kirk's spot. (Statue, codes etc)
We have an opportunity to help maintain another memorial that is a Mural of Kirk. I am proposing to set aside funds to help maintain it (when it needs to be touched up or whatever) and splitting the rest between Diabetes help for homeless and Mental Health for homeless. (This was proposed with any leftover funding, at the beginning) We can hand over checks at memorial unveiling on August 15th.
Anyway, my Daughter, Arielle (who is not really in charge of any of this, she just had Gofundme logged in) has been getting bullied, harassed and slandered by a person on twitter and other social media and now we are done with holding the funds.
Many people offer to help, but then life happens. Good intentions don't always get stuff done. I feel like I have sent enough letters and calls for one person. So, if any of you would like to have your donations put towards the above, yay! If anyone wants their money back, I can work on that too! (It will be minus the Gofundme fees-sorry-it's not much)
I was asked if any funds could be allocated to bringing Kirk's sisters to the Memorial, but had mixed reactions. Some loved and some hated it. I will put it to you all. If you would like your donation put towards bringing Kirk's sisters to the Memorial Mural Unveiling, leave a message with your name and donation amount. I will verify amount and set it aside. Your money will go where you want it! I really appreciate you all supporting my good friend!
PS Arielle and I used our own money to fund Kirk's Memorial Vigil under the bridge. We have not used a cent of your donations! Many wonderful people donated their time and talents as well. I am really disappointed in the treatment my daughter has received for all the work we have done.
You can also hit up the FB page
For updates ... https://www.facebook.com/RememberingKirk
I really like Arthurs idea of a bronze stool with a plaque on it.....that seems like a do-able and simple answer
The bronze-painted stool and music stand that someone put alongside the flowers would be a nice sculpturethe music stand could have a plaque with Kirk's story and the stool itself would always be there for someone to sit and play music.
Arielle. Thanks for all that you and your mom have done! Nice ceremony last night too! It looks like you guys are well on your way! I'm a business owner that would like to help. I have some good ideas that will not only help raise money, but also help us build something beyond the statue. Please let me know how we can talk. I never met Kirk, but I saw him every day as I crossed the Bridge. I want to do anything I can to help remember Kirk. To me, there is nothing more important than what Kirk did: "if you see someone without a smile....give them yours"
I wonder if Oregon Cultural Trust or RACC would help fund an art memorial.
I think it would be great to see a life size bronze casting of his trumpet being played by his Mickey style glove. Perhaps mounted under the sign where he sat with a small inscription on the side of the horn. We will miss you "Working" Kirk.
I speak as someone who only tangently know Kirk and the situations at hand, but I have spoken informally with some city staff. It sounds like Mayor Sam Adams is personally interested in seeing a memorial. However, the bridge itself is controlled by the county, so it's not as "simple" as if the city will allow a memorial. Concerns if or how it will affect traffic, red tape on city and county levels, who will create the memorial, what it will be and look like, who (if anyone) has approval for what the best memorial would be, how much it costs and how it will be paid for. None of these are blockers (yet), just factors to consider.
Do we know yet if the city will allow anything to be put there, and if so what?