We are Christine Chen and Liesl Inouye, the Boulder-based longtime family friend and Denver-based niece of Shieko (Evelyn) Uno. We 're very sorry to share the news that she lost her home in the devastating Marshall Fire in Louisville, Colorado on December 30, 2021. She evacuated with only her car and the clothes on her back. Her neighborhood is in the before-and-after pictures below.
Shieko’s roots in Colorado and in Boulder County run very deep. Anyone who knows her knows how deeply connected she is to the community around her. Shieko has been a piano teacher and performer for more than 50 years. She touches and transforms the lives of hundreds of students, including us – and in some cases has taught multiple generations of families. She’s been a longtime member of the Music Teachers Association at the national, state and local levels. She is an active collaborative pianist working with multiple musicians throughout the Front Range.
Shieko is also someone who has always given back to her community, spending countless days, weeks and months volunteering her time to try and make other people’s lives better. She’s taught music to brain-impaired students (including students with dementia, Down Syndrome, or with brain injuries). For over 10 years, she was a volunteer ski instructor with Ignite Adaptive Sports (formerly Eldora Special Recreation Program), teaching skiing to adults and children with disabilities. She also spent many hours with Kynzee, her sweet service dog who died last year, visiting patients in hospitals, senior memory care homes and reading to children in schools.
Since she has given so much, we hope you’ll consider giving something to Shieko. She was reluctant at first to set up this GoFundMe, but has now agreed. She wants to get back to contributing to the community and regain her ability to teach, which is one of her greatest losses. Decades of material, and a home to teach in the days ahead and longer term is one of her greatest needs, and a contribution to this fundraiser is the best way to help her. She is the direct beneficiary and will withdraw funds to her account when she is ready. Funds raised will be used to rebuild her music studio and home, and other costs not covered by insurance .
Thank you for your support.