"Youth" Painting for Mer

$1,785 of $1,785 goal

Raised by 26 people in 49 months

The painting featured in the video is titled "Youth" and it is by an artist by the name of Katherine Fraser.  Mer explains her deep connection to this painting more eloquently than I possibly could.  This is a photo of the painting next to Mer holding her cell phone with a picture of her son.  The resemblance is striking, wouldn't you say?

If you're not familiar with Mer's backstory and the attack she speaks of, you can find the details here:  http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/article/20080319/NEWS01/80694159 .  

The artist has been incredibly moved by Mer's story, and has generously agreed to sell the painting for half off the price she was originally asking.  She regrets that she cannot afford to just give it away, but this is her living after all.  The total cost listed for this campaign includes the purchase price of the painting, shipping the painting safely across the country to Mer, and the costs of the campaign itself. (GoFundMe takes a percentage of each donation, and that percentage has been added to the goal to make sure everything is covered.)

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We hit the original goal in only 4 short hours, and Mer officially owns this painting.  The goal has been changed to the full original price of the painting + shipping + fees because the artist was incredibly generous in her offer, but artists are underpaid and underappreciated.  If we can make it happen that she gets paid the full price of the piece, it would mean a lot to her I'm sure.

Please do list an email address or physical address with your donation!  Personal thank yous will be forthcoming. <3

There is currently no financial information associated with this campaign to withdraw the funds raised.  I spoke with Ms. Fraser just a little while ago.  Once we hit the goal, I will give the password to Ms. Fraser and she will log in and enter her information to deposit the funds directly.  This is in an effort to minimize the transaction fees since WePay and PayPal and everyone else takes a cut.  
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And that, my friends, is that. The entire total has been raised including the original purchase price of the painting, the shipping fees, and the site fees. I'll be sending an email to the artist today to find out shipping details. As soon as I know, you'll know. But we're going to consider this campaign closed. Thank you to each and every one of you. No matter how much you donated, you made this happen!
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Well. That happened. People amaze me in the best possible way. I'm going to leave this open for a day or two yet to see if we can reach the original full purchase price of the painting because, darn it, the piece of work is worth it and artists are underpaid and underappreciated. But Mer officially owns this painting now.
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Over 1/4 of the way there after only a few hours! Mer, we love you THIS MUCH!
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Kellie Murray
10 months ago

I just came across this fundraiser and was curious about the backstory but the link is dead. Is there another place I could read about it?

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Mer Zipain
49 months ago

Thank you ALL for donating and sharing because you want me to have this incredibly special painting. Infinite Thank You's

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Nettie Cramoline
49 months ago

This is fantastic, so happy for Mer!

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Sarrah Willis
49 months ago

I contacted the artist as well... So glad someone got a response:) so happy

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$1,785 of $1,785 goal

Raised by 26 people in 49 months
Created October 16, 2014
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MD
$50
Minhchau Dang
49 months ago

Hoping that there are lots of warm and fuzzy feeling imbued connections waiting for you in the years to come! We ♥ you, Acey! And we also ♥ the artist for their generosity!

GJ
$25
Gene Johnson
49 months ago

An honor to help

JC
$50
Julia Callahan
49 months ago

This is truly amazing. My heart goes out to you Mer. I'm so inspired by your strength.

DB
$50
Deidra Byrd
49 months ago

We have loved Mer since she was 15!!!

$10
Anonymous
49 months ago
SW
$20
Shannon Williams
49 months ago

I am so happy for you and happy to be a tiny part of something so beautiful in your world. I am so proud of you, the journey you've been on and the woman you've become!

$5
Anonymous
49 months ago
SB
$100
Sharon 'Swayze' Barron
49 months ago

When I read about Andrews death in the paper,and how Merrily was attacked, my heart was absolutely broken. I told my husband I wanted to dedicate our motorcycle ride,'Kacies Ride for Hope to end Domestic Violence' in Andrews name. We met Merrily and her family, and she actually had the courage to tell her story in front of all the riders that showed up and made a huge impact! She has been with us helping each year with the ride since then! I also told her she was part of our Family and she wouldn't be able to get rid of us!! LOL We Love her,and I Thank you so much for starting this,as I wanted to do something to help her get the painting. Thank You,Thank You, Sharon

$20
Anonymous
49 months ago
Kellie Murray
10 months ago

I just came across this fundraiser and was curious about the backstory but the link is dead. Is there another place I could read about it?

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Mer Zipain
49 months ago

Thank you ALL for donating and sharing because you want me to have this incredibly special painting. Infinite Thank You's

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Nettie Cramoline
49 months ago

This is fantastic, so happy for Mer!

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Sarrah Willis
49 months ago

I contacted the artist as well... So glad someone got a response:) so happy

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