Emergency Appeal for Jim Belfon

$8,836 of $10k goal

Raised by 128 people in 35 months
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nzingha tyehemba  NEW YORK, NY
Jim Belfon, a passionate photographer and tireless mentor to youth, is extremely ill with late stage prostate cancer and is in Hospice care. Sadly, his last days are fraught with anxiety. Just as many of those who dedicate their lives to the Arts, Jim is financially challenged and struggling to secure his photographic archives, his home care and final arrangements. We're looking to raise $15,000 within the next 3 weeks. This is an urgent appeal to friends and colleagues who may be moved to help, to come to his aid right away!

Jim moved to New Orleans eight years ago and established the Gulf South Photography Project, a full-service photographic learning environment, teaching free photography workshops to more than 1200 youth and senior citizens. He has combined teaching photography to local area youth with helping families deal with the loss of family photographs due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita's massive destruction by providing more than 14,000 individual and family portraits. In the New Orleans metropolitan area, some of the places he has taught classes and workshops include the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, Pontchartrain Park Senior Citizen Center, Harry Thompson Center, Tulane Cancer Center, Treme Center, and the Zion Travelers Cooperative Center in Plaquemines Parish.

His roots, however, are in New York City. Originally from Harlem, he studied and worked with distinguished photographers and designers including, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks and Richard Avedon. His work has been published in a variety of national and local magazines and newspapers including, Time Magazine, Essence, Sports Illustrated, Architectural Digest, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times, The Times-Picayune, The New Orleans Tribune, The Baton Rouge Advocate and others.

Jim began his commitment to sharing his photography teaching skills twenty five years ago in Harlem, NY. Inspired by his son Jimmy Belfon Jr's interest in photography at the age of four, he established the Photographic Center of Harlem. He taught photography to children and senior citizens in NYC at Harlem School Of The Arts, Central Park East School, St. James Senior Citizen Center, and New Song Community Church. Over its history, PCH served more than 5,000 children and senior citizens in the Greater New York City area, introducing them to the joys of the photographic arts and encouraging their roles as visual historians of their communities. PCH students participated in more than 60 major exhibitions in museums, galleries, and other public and community spaces, with more than 100 participants establishing careers for themselves within the communications industry.

On Saturday, November 2, 2013, some of Jim's friends and colleagues will host a tribute to honor Jim. A reception and fundraiser will be held at Christian Unity Baptist Church, 1700 Conti Street, New Orleans, Louisiana from 5-7 PM. New York and New Orleans are indebted to Jim for his service and we hope that his extended family will help in his time of great need.

On behalf of the Jim Belfon support team in New York and New Orleans, we thank you in advance for your generosity. Please make checks/money orders out to:

Christian Unity Baptist Church Mission Fund
(memo: Jim Belfon Fund)
1700 Conti Street
New Orleans, LA 70112


For more information, feel free to contact any of the following persons:

Ted Quant- 504-474-0009
Linetta Gilbert- 504-881-4630
Debra James- 917-975-9591
Lisa Kaichen- 985-789-0268 or
Jim Belfon- 504-579-4346

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Update 2
31 months ago

Dear Supporters to the Jim Belfon Online Fund,

We have so appreciated the support you have given for Jim Belfon. It has been monumental in extending his time with us and providing him utmost care.

We also want to thank all those who have given their time, talent and financial contributions to help ease Jim's financial, physical and emotional transitions.

From this date forward (2/23/14), if you are able and inclined to assist Jim further please direct your donation, in the form of a check/money order to the following:

Christian Unity Baptist Church Mission Fund
(memo: Jim Belfon Fund)
1700 Conti Street
New Orleans, 70112
cubc89 @ bellsouth . net

With immense thanks,

Jim Belfon Support Team

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Update 1
33 months ago

Please help us in this final push to reach our goal of $10,000 to cover Jim's continued in-home care amd living expenses. Your suppport is appreciated.
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Craig Morse
34 months ago

I met Jim during the recovery period following Hurricane Katrina and recognized him to be entirely dedicated to his craft as well as youth and community. He too was always very approachable and kind. From what I understand his health situation is dire, but at times like this, I so hope for a miracle and his recovery so he can continue along the path of service and education for youth and seniors. Thank you Jim! Please find your way through all this and come home...

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Alice Landry
34 months ago

Mr. Jim opened up a whole new world for my daughter. He allowed her to express herself with what she could see thought a lens... But he has been more then a teacher, he's been a friend like no other. I'm sending my prays and love to you. Natizia Blaise and mother.

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$8,836 of $10k goal

Raised by 128 people in 35 months
Created October 29, 2013
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nzingha tyehemba  
$50
Anonymous
32 months ago
$50
Anonymous
33 months ago
SW
$100
Sherece West
33 months ago
LS
$50
Larry Spiegel
33 months ago

All the best.Larry

$100
Anonymous
34 months ago
JK
$25
Joyce King
34 months ago
$50
Sandra Rivers
34 months ago

I am so--oo SADDENED to hear about Jim. I have known ohm for many years. Thank you, Beatrice and Nzinga, for establishing and publicizing this information. I will be forwarding to you and to others who can be in touch with Jim, info on holistic interventions that may help Jim to a Recovery mode.

LS
$100
Larry Spiegel
34 months ago
MF
$20
maedea farrell
34 months ago
$50
Anonymous
34 months ago
Craig Morse
34 months ago

I met Jim during the recovery period following Hurricane Katrina and recognized him to be entirely dedicated to his craft as well as youth and community. He too was always very approachable and kind. From what I understand his health situation is dire, but at times like this, I so hope for a miracle and his recovery so he can continue along the path of service and education for youth and seniors. Thank you Jim! Please find your way through all this and come home...

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Alice Landry
34 months ago

Mr. Jim opened up a whole new world for my daughter. He allowed her to express herself with what she could see thought a lens... But he has been more then a teacher, he's been a friend like no other. I'm sending my prays and love to you. Natizia Blaise and mother.

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