Gary Olson Fire Relief

On Monday, October 9, Gary Olson awoke to neighbors frantically banging on his front door. The devastating Tubbs fire had reached Santa Rosa city limits, and emergency evacuations were in order. With no time to collect his personal belongings, Gary was only able to take his cell phone, computer, and the clothes on his back. Within hours, Gary's house would be reduced to ashes. 

In response to requests from artists, staff, and friends of Caldwell Snyder Gallery, we have chosen to launch a campaign for Gary in this time of need. He has dedicated more than 20 years to the gallery, and we are so fortunate to have him as a coworker and friend.

Gary stands looking out over what use to be a two-story, four bedroom home that he had lived in for nearly 30 years. His son Brian helps look through the remains in hopes of finding something salvageable.

Gary, like so many others, has yet to find an available place to live and faces a minimum two year battle with insurance hassles, environmental cleanup, and rising construction costs due to the demand of so many others who lost their homes and need to rebuild with limited number of contractors and resources.

The financial burden he faces for the next two years - a non forgiving mortgage, rising housing rents, insurance claims that won't cover new re-constructions costs, clothing, furniture and numerous personal needs, etc. is a hardship undeserved.  Any financial support would be most appreciated and helpful in keeping Gary's spirits strong.  We thank you in advance.  

Warmest Regards,

Oliver Caldwell and Susan Snyder
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Organizer and beneficiary

Caldwell Snyder Gallery 
San Francisco, CA
Gary Olson 
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