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Help Tom and Annie Pacheco

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Raised by 109 people in 26 days
Created January 24, 2019
So many love Tom and Annie Pacheco and love his music. Tom has brought joy to thousands around the world aand has helped countless people and causes. The last few years have been very, very hard. Health issues have curtailed gigs, writing, recording, and internet music platforms have devastated musicians in many ways. On 1/20/19, a huge tree toppled over in their yard ruining his absolutely necessary car and it created 1000s of $$ in damage. Let’s blow their minds by showing how much we care! In love and solidarity, Donna B.
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I'd like to thank Steve Wehr at Hudson Valley Music. Hvmusic.com is a wonderful site for and about musicians, community, news, and love of music. He did a beautiful job creating a posting about our campaign that included an article I wrote and a lovely close-up of Tom.

The site has really flourished since it's birthday in 1997. Back in 1999, my partner at the time was writing for them. That year, my daughter had a friend whose beautiful mother was battling cancer. You may remember her, Lisa Lore.

We organized soooo many benefits for her and her family and had the help of so many: Ed Sanders, John Herald, Giles Malkine (you haven't lived until you've seen Giles do a French waiter schtick as he did at a pancake breakfast and won the hearts of a roomful of adoringly smitten senior ladies) Mik Horowitz, Kurt Henry, Amy Fradon, Scott Petito, Terry and Linda Lover, the Woodstock Times, Fr. George at Woddstock's St. John's, the Onteora Teachers' Assn., numerous Woodstock shop owners, local banks...so many others.

Before GFM, social media, email, and the like, we raised $53,000.00 in just under three months. It was done via posters ( dozens) pancake breakfasts, spaghetti dinners, silent auctions aplenty, coffee can collections, and midway, a big, ROLLICKING show with many of the above luminaries at the Boiceville Inn. It was so exciting to see how the community seemed to almost drop what it was doing to help! People wrote "letters to the editor," paid for ads in the paper about Lisa themselves, and at the time, in the editor's comment column, a weekly total of how much was being raised for Lisa was included.

But, what I really wanted to say here is the Hudson Valley Music site was invaluable, the support of their staff and the exposure they gave to the endeavor was incredibly helpful and really helped to push us far toward making a big difference for Lisa and her family. Donations came from far and wide because people read about her online. One jaw-dropping donation came from an angel in NYC with a note..."Lisa doesn't know me and I don't know her, but I'll bet she loves music, too, and I have a feeling angels will be playing some of the heavenly kind when she gets there." Imagine that...

If you are not familiar with the site, I invite you to check it out....hvmusic.com...Let's keep on rolling for Tom and Annie, and as we do it, I'll make a bet, too, I'll bet we each will hear some heavenly music as we forge ahead ! Love is a VERB !
Namaste,
Donna
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Hi, everyone !
Let's continue to do the very best we can for Tom and Annie. Bills are coming in and are unbelievably high, Tom will have to gather resources for some time. We had a long conversation today and Tom is deeply moved by what is being done on his behalf. He is delighted when I read to him everyone's names and the messages being sent. Each one elicits a "Wow!" or an "Oh, my goodness." What is remarkable to me is the way Tom recalls almost all who have donated and has related many stories about each one. He remembers so many in great detail. I said to him that he is much beloved and asked him: "How often do we have a chance to know how people truly feel about us?" He was quite choked up and could only say : "I have always tried to treat people well, to never forget how special each person is, I've always done that." Anyone who knows Tom knows that he his sincere. That sensibility is ever-present in his lyrics as well.
Let us please continue to overwhelm Tom with love and support at a time when it is truly necessary...
Namaste,
Donna
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Hi,
Tom and Annie seem to be in better spirits to a degree and they are really touched by everyone's love and support. I have been reading to them the comments you have all made. Without in any way casting a shadow in Tom and Annie's direction, the Fallen Tree Massacree (a nod to you, Arlo Guthrie) was a disaster that really added to already very difficult circumstances. The goal of the fundraiser here is to try to really ease the burden Tom has been carrying for some time. Internet platforms have very adversely affected the way people in the arts, especially musicians, are compensated. Tom has been especially affected in that way. Both Tom and Annie have increasingly troublesome health issues and there are many necessities in their household that need attention. I'll repeat myself to say that Tom's wide-open heart and unceasing willingness to help those in need is legendary among those of us who know and love him. He and his music have done so much for so many. The campaign is receiving comments and donations from people in far-flung places, east and west that are a testament to how beloved he is!

Please continue to spread the word via Facebook, email, Twitter, Instagram, smoke signals, telegrams, faxes, telepathy, divination, prayers and supplication, whatever ! Let's please work toward that goal to give Tom and his dear wife and partner of 36 years, Annie, some peace and room to breathe.
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THANK YOU ! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Love and generosity present here is so inspiring, holy cow !
Namaste, namaste, namaste !
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