Holly Woodlawn Memorial NYC

$68,173 of $75k goal

Raised by 1,267 people in 15 months
Penny Arcade
on behalf of Robert Starr
 WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
Holly Woodlawn , the beloved, iconic Transgender LBGT pioneer and Warhol superstar has gone to the stars.

Holly's NY memorial May 14th 2pm doors open at 1:30 pm at the Ellen Stewart Theatre  66 East 4th Street New York, NY 10003

is open to everyone but seating at LaMama Etc is limited to a first come first serve basis.
We are happy to announce that we will be live streaming the entire memorial with Culture Hub and it will be a first rate production so we encourage fans both in NY, across the country and around the world to have at home Holly Memorial viewing parties.
There will also be an overflow screening at: 

Howl Gallery 6 E 1st st  STREET, NYC 10003  
and we encourage you to see Howl Arts beautiful tribute to Jackie Curtis and Ethyl Eichelberger on now!

If you plan to come to the memorial please come early. Doors will open at 1:30pm and we must clear the theater promptly at 4pm and the building at 5pm

We are very grateful to LaMama Etc and Staff for this generous  contribution and to Howl Arts and Culture Hub. Special Thanks to Steve Zehentner for organizing all the tech and video
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Update 58
4 months ago

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Dear Holly Fans and Friends!

you too can watch the memorial which was livestreamed all over the world and is now archive for posterity

http://howlround.com/livestreaming-the-holly-woodlawn-memorial-la-mama-new-york-city-sat-may-14

The NYC Memorial for darling Holly was all we hoped it could be , a true celebration of Holly 's Life On Earth. live streamed and viewed by people as far away as Brazil and Australia . A 30 minute photo montage and video short by Joe E Jeffries started the memorial,I Penny, introduced the event with Robert Starr's video homage to Holly's inspiration Flamenco icon Lola Flores shown side by side with Holly's Broken Goddess. Then we introduced our speakers Michael Musto, Singer Chris Tanner sang Bridge Over Troubled Water accapella, Elda Stiletto who showed the quilted shroud she had made for Holly, Playhouse of The Ridiculous Theatre legend John Vaccaro who first put Holly on stage, George Abagnalo spoke and read a message from director Paul Morrissey and a poem by Gerard Malanga, Gosple Choir Lavander Light sang a medly of Walk On The Wild Side, Praise and Free At Last, then filmmaker James Rasin spoke and a friend read his wife's message, Ridiculous theatre star Ruby Lynn Reyner,impressario Chip Duckett,costumer Billy GalloDowntown treasure Agosto Machado spoke followed by Robert Preston Coddington introduced his video overview of Holly's film career , next a short Lower East Side Biography Project interview with Holly we closed with Chris Tanner again accapella singing I Am What I Am!

We were vastly aided by our team of volunteer host helpers Maria Enns, Gianni Rage, Steven Love Menendez, Miss Joanie Moossy,Tony Zannetta, Jeffrey Nickora,Michael Alago, Brian Belovitch who husband Jim Russell arranged the bouquet,Michael Levine,John Hargreaves,Jennifer Wray, Jackie Rudin took photos
Steve Zehentner my long time collaborator devoted many, many, hours to the success of this memorial
Lori E Seid was our amazing stage manager assisted by the charismatic Pedro J Rosado

Many thanks to Mia Yoo, Nicky Pariaso, Beverly Petty, Mark Tambella,gian Marco Lo Forte,Donald Lanziero

filmed live streamed and archived by Culture Hub many thanks

literally people from all over the world were able to watch and participate in the memorial in live time




to those few misguided souls who spent months slandering and spreading false rumors about me and this project for Holly i forgive you and hope your embarrassment opens you up to greater good

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Update 57
4 months ago

The Holly Woodlawn NY Memorial will be

Live Stream'd to where ever in the world you may be

Livestream beginning at about 1:30pm.
The memorial itself begins promptly at 2pm

http://howlround.com/tv Channel Two (player on right side)

If you plan to attend the memorial in person, please respond the FB page so we get an idea of attendance. It is frustrating but we can only seat 300 people so please:

Arrive early, NO RESERVATIONS doors open 1:30pm

List will only be for speakers & guests

https://www.facebook.com/events/1550203115280653/

We will have over flow with live stream at

Howl Arts 66 East 1st St where you can also see the great exhibit on Jackie Curtis & Ethyl Eichelberger
When Jackie Met Ethyl (thru May)

La Mama
The Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 East 4th Street
2nd floor, elevator access

1:30pm VIDEO COMPILATION
Lots of Holly by Joe E. Jeffreys, Peter Dallas, The Lower East Side Biography Project

2:00pm MEMORIAL
Brief remarks by people who knew Holly personally
Music Performance by Chris Tanner and Lance Cruce
Lavender Light Gospel Choir
A survey of Holly's film work by Robert Coddington

4:00pm DRINKS in Lobby

Ellen Stewart Theater is located on East 4th Street between Bowery and Second Avenue.
F Train to Second Ave; N/R Trains to 8th Street; 6 Train to Astor Place

Produced by Penny Arcade, Jeremiah Newton and Steve Zehentner
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Update 56
4 months ago

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Dear friends of Holly please excuse this second post today but the one i sent did not update!

Holly's memorial is one week away Sat May 14th 2pm

at Ellen Stewart Theatre 66 East 4th St NYC

Doors open 1:30pm First come first served

We are live streaming the entire memorial with Culture Hub so where ever in the world you are you can celebrate Holly. we encourage people to have Holly Memorial viewing parties!

As there are limited seats at LaMama just about 300
we will have overflow at

Howl Arts 6 EAST 1ST STREET, NYC 10003

we encourage you to visit their wonderful exhibit
When Jackie Met Ethyl on Jackie Curtis & Ethyl Eichelberger that is on all month.

We thank LaMama Etc and staff for their generousity, Howl Arts, Culture Hub and special thanks to steve Zehentner for organizing all tech and video for this event for Holly.
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Update 55
5 months ago

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Dear darling friends and fans of Holly

we are just shy of the two week mark for Holly's NY Memorial at LaMama Etc May 14th 2pm
Doors will open at 1:30 pm for a 2pm start and will last till 5pm. It will be comprised of short eulogies by Holly's long time friends and cohorts. Video segments, a musical tribute by members of Lavender Light , the LBGT gospel choir. I have asked singer Chris Tanner to sing an iconic tribute to Holly with pianist Lance Cruce, who played with Holly . See video below. We are endeavoring to Live Stream this event so that everyone everywhere will be able to participate because this is a celebration of Holly and Holly always wanted to be friends with everyone , that was a hallmark of Holly's nature.I will send a separate post when that is worked out!
Doors will open at 1:30pm so please make sure you are early as seating will be available first come first serve.
Please note: I am not a mind reader. If you are or know someone who was/is very close to Holly who feels they should speak ( we are keeping remarks brief) email me at mspennyarcade@gmail.com Despite the witch hunt I have endured while supporting Holly I am still the wide open, transparent person I have always been.
Here is the FB page : Please circulate!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1550203115280653/
Holly with Lance
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Holly Johnson
15 months ago

Get well soon beautiful! Love from the other Holly xxxxx

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Jackie Beat
15 months ago

Sending Holly lots of love… And a reminder to everyone else to please keep sharing the link! The beauty of a campaign like this is that EVERYONE can help. Look how many people have donated $5… It all adds up. Thank you everyone!

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Eileen Dover
15 months ago

Think about going out to dinner drinks and dancing. Think about how entertaining going out for you is and then think about this woman who not only entertained us since the 60s but is a living legend who helped bring issues such as the Trans experience to the forefront without even knowing it. She was just always herself! Brave fearless and amazing! Stay in tonight and give Holly the basic gift of health where she gave us indulgences like uncontrolable laughter and joy!!!

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Kevin McGinn
15 months ago

Someone at the top of this thread the "Jenner Factor" I have written directly as I have the reach tonight to express what many here are feeling . I asked if he would be making a donation ( I suggested she could retire the balance so we can all relax about Holly's finances and focus on her comfort . I pointed out that he walks the Runway so freely yet in 1968 Holly marched into a jungle with no map or compass and paved a way for those who followed .The number of LGBT victims of hate crimes is large with the Trans Community suffering the most . Trans Kids are far more likely to be homeless ,attempt suicide and often succeed quickly or slowly.I reminded Caitlyn that her degree of "suffering " has greatly been diminished because of Holly Woodlawn and Trans diplomats of progress . I reminded her that if not for Holly ,that "Low Life in High Heels " Caitlyn would be shunned and alone rather than the "Toast of the Town " I'll follow up with any word from Caitlyn Jenner

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James Bartlett
15 months ago

Please consider digging deep & show support any way you can muster for one of our very own. Help make dear Holly as comfortable as possible in her time of need. Thank you Penny for your effort.

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Adrian Ca
15 months ago
7
7

Always remember The Queens - they were at the forefront of every rally starting way back in the 60’ - they got abused and beaten but tooth and and nails and tacco a spillo they were always there marching in the front line - we owe them so much - and we owe Holly! get better soon love! Adrian

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Mostly Elizabeth
15 months ago
7
7

You are in our hearts and in our minds - we love you Holly Woodlawn! You are the one who inspired all of us to come to NYC - you are our Superstar! Sending you lots of love & good vibes for a speedy recovery!

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Brian Hamilton
14 months ago
6
6

Wednesday afternoon, Holly and I had a wonderful visit at the hospital. She was alert, effervescent, and in good spirits. I brought some photos. We reminisced and laughed about our crazy friends, and many of the madcap adventures we shared over the last 20+ years. Holly's condition has improved significantly since last week, when she was befuddled and quite disconnected. One of the doctors came to do some tests in her room just as I was leaving. Here's hoping for the best. Holly sends kisses and hugs to everyone, with love.

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A. Ashley Hoff
14 months ago
6
6

Dearest Holly, In memory of our many lunches in your place(s), of Sadie running around as we feasted and drank (and topped it off with the chocolate ganache cake you love). I send you love-love-love, healing energy, and big hugs. My love and admiration to you always. I want you safe and comfortable and upright, talking a mile a minute and ready for a refill, reclining on your sofa a la Cleopatra. You are and will always be the Queen of the Nile to me. You are loved. Know it, believe it, accept it, and know that it is true. You are more than a mere lyric in a popular song, more than an indie movie actress from an era when indie really WAS, and more even than your hilarious book "A Low Life in High Heels" suggests: you are YOU, a special, loving human being, a charmer of the first order, a rogue and scarlet woman, and a human being who showed so many others the beauty and fragility of being human and being honest with yourself. You have been without really knowing or understanding it a great teacher for so many young people you may never meet and yet so deeply affected. Like a Greek or Egyptian myth, your story will be told and retold for generations to come and you will inspire. You already have inspired, as this page so beautifully illustrates. Many thanks to Penny Arcade for setting this up and above all many thanks to you, dear Holly, for being the beautiful soul you are and have always been. Love love love to you from Ashley.

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Lena Lamont
15 months ago
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6

Doesn't have to be someone from a sexual-issues-bonded community - just non-bigoted people who love mind-blowingly talented actresses; great, great souls; great, great comediennes - Cukor (sic), Ellen, Oprah, Clooney, Fonda, Cher, Maclaine, Fey, etc. - "overly-affluent" smArtistic people generally (and if you don't love Holly, you're kinda don't qualify as actually smart). Anyone know if they know about Holly's sitch? Soon it will be on public radio, at the very least. BTW, Penny Arcade, thank you so much from all of us who love Holly! This modus brings in more than the money - love expressed. Thank-you.

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Tony Mansfield
15 months ago
6
6

Gladd and other organizations should Help in this sad situation...but Holly as u said Penny being a wild child ALSO ICON...is being overlooked in favor of Jenner switch over WITH MONEY....sad.

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Billie Martin
15 months ago
6
6

Dearest Holly. You have been, and continue to be, one of the main inspirations for me and my work. I have written songs about you and marvelled at the sincerity of your work and the kindness of your soul. You have always confirmed that is is ok to be very different and be proud of it. We have hollered tunes together and laughed together and you have opened your heart to me. Get well soon please.

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Aubrey Dobson
14 months ago
5
5

I'm donating $80 but can't until Friday, so you will have another $80 on Friday which I hope helps. Much love! Peace... Btw: holly Johnson sent me this link! Aubrey in London

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Marc Caldwell
14 months ago
4
4

Ms. Woodlawn, I've always been impressed by your candor, intelligence and guts...and lucking foved your performance in Trash. Chanting lots of love, harmony and perseverance for you during this time. Love and Lust, M a r c

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Matthew Decker
14 months ago
4
4

Sending love and best wishes to my dear idol and friend, Holly Woodlawn. She is not only an Andy Warhol Superstar, She's also a survivor and fighter. Looking back on some of our E-mails, it's really making me sad. I remember talking to her, asking for advice and she gave me the utmost support, to get that type of encouragement from one of my hero's is literally mind-blowing. I am so heartbroken to hear that she is very ill, i'm asking everyone to donate to this GoFundMe campaign that was set up so we can bring Holly home to rest and recuperate. She deserves the absolute best, because she is one of the greatest soul's the world has ever held. One day i really hope to personally meet Holly, one day that will happen. All my love, Matthew Xx

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Matthew Decker
15 months ago
4
4

Wishing you the best Auntie Holly ♥

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Normy Chaplin
15 months ago
4
4

You are loved, Holly Woodlawn. I'll never forget you screaming your head off in Women in Revolt. You are a true star, a beautiful lady, and an eternal inspiration. Please, get well soon and show us all how it's done. xoxo

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Vin VinandOmi
15 months ago
4
4

Holly - stay strong - you're a true original that's brought a special edge into many people's lives - everyone is rooting for you XX

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Doug Hough
9 months ago
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3

Penny… Thank you so much for your consistent and beautifully written updates over the past months. Sometimes, in our busy lives, we forget those who need to be remembered. You have given us all a regular reminder to keep Holly in our thoughts. I can only hope that when it is my turn to experience what Holly has been through, that I have at least one friend like you to help me through that difficult time. Your posts have made us all feel like we are a part of everything that has been going on. You, my friend, make the world a better place!

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Jimi LaLumia
14 months ago
3
3

where would we be if Holly didn't open up the 1970's to us? xo

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$68,173 of $75k goal

Raised by 1,267 people in 15 months
Created July 2, 2015
Penny Arcade  
on behalf of Robert Starr
NS
$69
Niko Solorio
9 months ago
$10
T Schulz
9 months ago
BC
$25
Brent Cooper
9 months ago
$10
Anonymous
9 months ago
EP
$20
Eric Pace
9 months ago
$25
Jimo Thomas
9 months ago
1
1
PT
$70
Phil Tinley
9 months ago
$167
Anonymous
9 months ago
$50
Paisley Rojagato
9 months ago
2
2

Remain, and go forth, in love and light, Holly.

$10
Anonymous
9 months ago
1
1
Holly Johnson
15 months ago

Get well soon beautiful! Love from the other Holly xxxxx

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Jackie Beat
15 months ago

Sending Holly lots of love… And a reminder to everyone else to please keep sharing the link! The beauty of a campaign like this is that EVERYONE can help. Look how many people have donated $5… It all adds up. Thank you everyone!

+ Read More
Eileen Dover
15 months ago

Think about going out to dinner drinks and dancing. Think about how entertaining going out for you is and then think about this woman who not only entertained us since the 60s but is a living legend who helped bring issues such as the Trans experience to the forefront without even knowing it. She was just always herself! Brave fearless and amazing! Stay in tonight and give Holly the basic gift of health where she gave us indulgences like uncontrolable laughter and joy!!!

+ Read More
Kevin McGinn
15 months ago

Someone at the top of this thread the "Jenner Factor" I have written directly as I have the reach tonight to express what many here are feeling . I asked if he would be making a donation ( I suggested she could retire the balance so we can all relax about Holly's finances and focus on her comfort . I pointed out that he walks the Runway so freely yet in 1968 Holly marched into a jungle with no map or compass and paved a way for those who followed .The number of LGBT victims of hate crimes is large with the Trans Community suffering the most . Trans Kids are far more likely to be homeless ,attempt suicide and often succeed quickly or slowly.I reminded Caitlyn that her degree of "suffering " has greatly been diminished because of Holly Woodlawn and Trans diplomats of progress . I reminded her that if not for Holly ,that "Low Life in High Heels " Caitlyn would be shunned and alone rather than the "Toast of the Town " I'll follow up with any word from Caitlyn Jenner

+ Read More
James Bartlett
15 months ago

Please consider digging deep & show support any way you can muster for one of our very own. Help make dear Holly as comfortable as possible in her time of need. Thank you Penny for your effort.

+ Read More
Adrian Ca
15 months ago
7
7

Always remember The Queens - they were at the forefront of every rally starting way back in the 60’ - they got abused and beaten but tooth and and nails and tacco a spillo they were always there marching in the front line - we owe them so much - and we owe Holly! get better soon love! Adrian

+ Read More
Mostly Elizabeth
15 months ago
7
7

You are in our hearts and in our minds - we love you Holly Woodlawn! You are the one who inspired all of us to come to NYC - you are our Superstar! Sending you lots of love & good vibes for a speedy recovery!

+ Read More
Brian Hamilton
14 months ago
6
6

Wednesday afternoon, Holly and I had a wonderful visit at the hospital. She was alert, effervescent, and in good spirits. I brought some photos. We reminisced and laughed about our crazy friends, and many of the madcap adventures we shared over the last 20+ years. Holly's condition has improved significantly since last week, when she was befuddled and quite disconnected. One of the doctors came to do some tests in her room just as I was leaving. Here's hoping for the best. Holly sends kisses and hugs to everyone, with love.

+ Read More
A. Ashley Hoff
14 months ago
6
6

Dearest Holly, In memory of our many lunches in your place(s), of Sadie running around as we feasted and drank (and topped it off with the chocolate ganache cake you love). I send you love-love-love, healing energy, and big hugs. My love and admiration to you always. I want you safe and comfortable and upright, talking a mile a minute and ready for a refill, reclining on your sofa a la Cleopatra. You are and will always be the Queen of the Nile to me. You are loved. Know it, believe it, accept it, and know that it is true. You are more than a mere lyric in a popular song, more than an indie movie actress from an era when indie really WAS, and more even than your hilarious book "A Low Life in High Heels" suggests: you are YOU, a special, loving human being, a charmer of the first order, a rogue and scarlet woman, and a human being who showed so many others the beauty and fragility of being human and being honest with yourself. You have been without really knowing or understanding it a great teacher for so many young people you may never meet and yet so deeply affected. Like a Greek or Egyptian myth, your story will be told and retold for generations to come and you will inspire. You already have inspired, as this page so beautifully illustrates. Many thanks to Penny Arcade for setting this up and above all many thanks to you, dear Holly, for being the beautiful soul you are and have always been. Love love love to you from Ashley.

+ Read More
Lena Lamont
15 months ago
6
6

Doesn't have to be someone from a sexual-issues-bonded community - just non-bigoted people who love mind-blowingly talented actresses; great, great souls; great, great comediennes - Cukor (sic), Ellen, Oprah, Clooney, Fonda, Cher, Maclaine, Fey, etc. - "overly-affluent" smArtistic people generally (and if you don't love Holly, you're kinda don't qualify as actually smart). Anyone know if they know about Holly's sitch? Soon it will be on public radio, at the very least. BTW, Penny Arcade, thank you so much from all of us who love Holly! This modus brings in more than the money - love expressed. Thank-you.

+ Read More
Tony Mansfield
15 months ago
6
6

Gladd and other organizations should Help in this sad situation...but Holly as u said Penny being a wild child ALSO ICON...is being overlooked in favor of Jenner switch over WITH MONEY....sad.

+ Read More
Billie Martin
15 months ago
6
6

Dearest Holly. You have been, and continue to be, one of the main inspirations for me and my work. I have written songs about you and marvelled at the sincerity of your work and the kindness of your soul. You have always confirmed that is is ok to be very different and be proud of it. We have hollered tunes together and laughed together and you have opened your heart to me. Get well soon please.

+ Read More
Aubrey Dobson
14 months ago
5
5

I'm donating $80 but can't until Friday, so you will have another $80 on Friday which I hope helps. Much love! Peace... Btw: holly Johnson sent me this link! Aubrey in London

+ Read More
Marc Caldwell
14 months ago
4
4

Ms. Woodlawn, I've always been impressed by your candor, intelligence and guts...and lucking foved your performance in Trash. Chanting lots of love, harmony and perseverance for you during this time. Love and Lust, M a r c

+ Read More
Matthew Decker
14 months ago
4
4

Sending love and best wishes to my dear idol and friend, Holly Woodlawn. She is not only an Andy Warhol Superstar, She's also a survivor and fighter. Looking back on some of our E-mails, it's really making me sad. I remember talking to her, asking for advice and she gave me the utmost support, to get that type of encouragement from one of my hero's is literally mind-blowing. I am so heartbroken to hear that she is very ill, i'm asking everyone to donate to this GoFundMe campaign that was set up so we can bring Holly home to rest and recuperate. She deserves the absolute best, because she is one of the greatest soul's the world has ever held. One day i really hope to personally meet Holly, one day that will happen. All my love, Matthew Xx

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Matthew Decker
15 months ago
4
4

Wishing you the best Auntie Holly ♥

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Normy Chaplin
15 months ago
4
4

You are loved, Holly Woodlawn. I'll never forget you screaming your head off in Women in Revolt. You are a true star, a beautiful lady, and an eternal inspiration. Please, get well soon and show us all how it's done. xoxo

+ Read More
Vin VinandOmi
15 months ago
4
4

Holly - stay strong - you're a true original that's brought a special edge into many people's lives - everyone is rooting for you XX

+ Read More
Doug Hough
9 months ago
3
3

Penny… Thank you so much for your consistent and beautifully written updates over the past months. Sometimes, in our busy lives, we forget those who need to be remembered. You have given us all a regular reminder to keep Holly in our thoughts. I can only hope that when it is my turn to experience what Holly has been through, that I have at least one friend like you to help me through that difficult time. Your posts have made us all feel like we are a part of everything that has been going on. You, my friend, make the world a better place!

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Jimi LaLumia
14 months ago
3
3

where would we be if Holly didn't open up the 1970's to us? xo

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