John Sauve of “Art N Design” and I became fast friends the moment we met. This guy is funny and lighthearted and a genuinely nice guy. He does this show were he gets to hang out and chat with folks and it was an honor to hang out with him at the Bloomfield Township TV station in 2018 to talk about BWB Detroit.
I just rewatched this and I am amazing at how many names I dropped. I love dropping names in this capacity..ie paying tribute to the folks who help out and build projects together.
A hopefully full list of the amazing folks I mentioned; (and not mentioned the hundreds of additional people who help in soo many amazing ways) Huge bow to you all!
Rosey Posey who helped level this project up!!
Kim and Chris Casteel of Anew Life Prosthetics
The amazing crew at the Tangent Gallery Joe and Jimbo
The whole DAMNED crew
Charles from Atelier Gothic who donates and hosts a very generous fundraiser for BWB Detroit at the DAMNED
Mike who does all sorts of things for BWB Detroit programs
Maddy- who organizes BWB Detroit Free Store and Shannon who does haircuts for BWB Detroit Free Store
Chris Maxwell from Shinola who comes to our annual event and gathers donations and crew
Teal and Purple of Drink and Stitch
Krampus – who throws a great party that benefits BWB Detroit
Burners without Borders Detroit · On Sunday, Feb 21st Burners without Borders Detroit will be packing 300 more supply-filled backpacks and we need help getting them onto the streets into the hands of people who can use them.We will be open for pick up from 2pm til 5pm(ish) that day and would love it if folks can PM us to set up a time to come by for the safe transfer of the packs.The pickup location is on the upper east side of Detroit near Grosse Pointe!
When I wrote that we had sold out of patches I had not yet received the names of people who purchased them….and now that I do have the list I want to thank all of you.
I love that some folks bought 2 and even more and knowing there are now 100 of these patches out there I look forward to seeing them purses, and pouches and jackets and more!
Thanks to each of you near and far..86 were sold to Michiganagers – 12 were out of state and 2 were international! (Oh Canada) And we even had 2 generous folks not need a patch they just wanted to make a donation! (heart melt!)
To each of you… Thank you..i want to barnacle hug you all!
THIS fundraiser reminded us how important ALL the fundraisers are that people have done for us over the last decade to our meeting the mission of helping others. Each fundraiser, no matter how big or small, keeps alive the WE of this project.!! This fundraiser especially helped us in a time when were like.. ‘OMG .. this is going to be such a hard hustle during covid’. We even considering folding this year, instead remembered the power of asking and when we did people stepped up to help us help others..we can not do what we do without the help of others.
To read more about the fundraiser on for BWB Detroit by Brad and Pam Benzing read more here:
By donating any amount it helps the head organizers in San Francisco Ms. Molly Rose the Program Manager and Christopher Breedlove Head of Burners Without Borders at the Burning Man Project accomplish the mission of promoting activities around the globe that support a community’s inherent capacity to thrive by encouraging innovative approaches to disaster relief and grassroots initiatives that make a positive impact.
Here is an infographic to demonstrate some of the impact;
To donate by mail: Checks can be made payable to Burning Man Project. Please note Burners Without Borders in the memo field or with an accompanying letter indicating your designation to the Burners Without Borders program.
HUGE BOW TO EACH OF YOU WE CAN NOT DO WHAT WE DO FOR OTHERS WITHOUT YOU!!!
This list scrolls long and it melts my heart….I wish I could hug each of your individually and tell you thank you to your face.
I beg forgiveness to anyone who i did not add to this list, I am so sorry if I have neglected to acknowledge you. xo
I am going to do a shout out toBrad and Pam Benzing for creating the BWB Patch project and to Leslie for helping to organize!!
To all the additional supporters and donors of BWB Detroit via hard work, hustling, shopping, hauling, packing, giving donations via the Amazon Wish List and the Sign Up Genius in 2020/2021 and all the ways people donate and help!!
Kathleen Bruce (Purple)
William Doyle (Boston Bill)
Steven Faulstich (Esteban)
Teresa Galenai (Shiney)
Melissa L. Marrero
Carrie Myers (Dirt Goddess)
Michelle L. Wilson
Bobbi Jo Vallad
edit.. more folks to add (2-18-2021)
Helped me directly With either donations, picking up , organizing stuff, making notes, ordering and tracking supplies. Sarah Mackey Alex Willenborg Tessa Willenborg and third/fourth grade classes at St Basil’s grade school Laura Wilson Phil Askew Hannah Stevens Suzanne Urban Gail Marlow Latisha Johnson
To all the folks who bought BWB Patches to support the cause
To all the Cunts supporting LuvACunt Titties & Clitties (LACTAT) at the DIRTY SHOW in 2020 who in my absence decided the show must go on and took the reigns and made sure we continued to create an experience for women that serves and support women and hopes to empower them too!
Kathryn F Dorko
Leeanne Minx Salinis/George
Riley Shanks J
To all the donors from the Delta Zeta Bingo Board in fall of 2020
Angelica Maria Guarnizo,
Delta Nu Pikes,
Umme Aiman Mirza,
To all the Cunts supporting LuvACunt Titties & Clitties (LACTAT) at the DIRTY SHOW in 2019
Kathryn F Dorko
Danielle Doxie Kaltz
Ruby La Louche
To all the donation from people via the Amazon Wish List and Sign Up Genius in 2019/2020
Late last year Brad Benzing hit doxie up to suggest a fundraiser of BWB Detroit patches.
This idea came at a time when BWB was suffering from having given most of our funds away early in the pandemic to support members of the community yet still wanting to create 500 backpacks…..but how to do that?
Of course we called out to the community and we received so many donations via our SignupGenius and items sent to us via our amazing community wanting to continue to help us help others.
Then Brad hits me up almost out of the blue and told me to send him our logo…this made us finalize a logo and it is based on another chapters but our color is orange and we have the name of the city of which so many of us are proud.
Once we got him the logo, thanks to Alex aka Shenanigans, Brad took the reigns and got the patches made and then handled the selling of them and the mailing of them. That took so much weight off of BWB Detroit and we are so thankful to him and he crew for such a gift.
As of today we are SOLD OUT!!! and we were able to use the funds to purchase ALL the rest of the supplies to finish the next 300 backpacks.
THIS fundraiser REMINDED me how important ALL the fundraisers people do for us to the mission and to keeping alive the WE of this project.!!
This one especially helped us in a time when were like.. “OMG .. this is going to be such a hard hustle to get there…we can not able to explain to how much this helped us.
It is only because of running BWB Detroit that doxie even learned to ask for help.. she was (is) stubborn and figured she had life all dialed in and she could do it all myself.. but helping others taught her to ask for help.. and Brad reached out to help us took the fear out of if she was going to exhaust her ability to ask others for help. Charity exhaustion is real and times are soo tight for so many people.
She always say this project is a “Me to We project” and when she hears people say ..’we can do this’ ‘we do this.” etc etc.. and when she hears people talk about it in the possessive it is a measure of success for her. ..and Brad continued to prove this is a “We” project.. he proved that to us in a time when we wondered if we may have to fold the project this year.
Thank you to Brad and his crew for keeping it alive.