Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fundraiser for yours truly

The following message is from my dear friend and a wonderful performer, W. Allen Taylor:

If you are free on Sunday, 7/19 between 3-6pm, please join me for a special musical fundraiser at Anna's Jazz Island. I'll be singing jazz standards and raising money for my good friend and former colleague, Carla Zilbersmith, who is currently battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

The band will feature some of the bay area's finest musicians and if you like your jazz straight-ahead, you won't be disappointed...they will definitely be swinging! The suggested donation for the afternoon is $25 (anything above will be greatly appreciated but no one will be turned away for lack of funds).

Anna's Jazz Island is located in downtown Berkeley at 2120 Allston Way (just east of Shattuck Ave.). The best parking garage is on Allston Way between Shattuck and Milvia Street (next block west), although street parking is available if you have good parking karma.

For more information, check out the website of this premiere venue for jazz at www.annasjazzisland.com. Please feel free to forward this info to anyone who loves this music and/or would love to support Carla.

Hope to see you there.
Peace and love,

Here's me and Allen in a pre-wheelchair publicity photo. Damn, we're good lookin'!:


Anonymous said...

couple of hotties blowing the curve for the rest of us (see how I wove in that professor humor there?)

Anonymous said...

Good looking? Certainly an understatement. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL, both inside and out in every way. Both of you! Joanna

Anonymous said...

Wow! You two do look gorgeous!! Wish I could make it Sunday. Carla, please indulge me while I direct the rest of my comment to my fellow Muselings --

I just wanted to point out another fundraiser that may have been overlooked in the comments section of the "Comments" Blog from a couple weeks ago. It's the link to a film clip & information about the incredible documentary being made about Carla, "Leave Them Laughing".

The film weaves together excerpts from the blog with footage of Carla's life, performances and trips since her diagnosis.

Much of this will be familiar territory to devoted Muselings as you'll get to see footage from Carla's surrreal trip to the Christian theme park with Mac (I had a hard time imagining this place could actually be real when she wrote about it, but now that I've seen it with my own eyes - Yikes!) and swimmming with the dolphins in Mexico. Plus there's a brief clip of one of her zany characters from acting days with more promised to come in the final cut. Priceless!

Like the blog, it will make you laugh and cry --- sometimes at the same time -- and you might even have to pick yourself up off the floor at the end. I know it will touch your heart and probably even break off a chunk of it. It did mine.

And this is only about 15 minutes worth of footage from what will be a 90 minute film. The goal is to raise awareness about ALS for research and get it finished so Carla can enjoy it.

The filmakers are asking for donations to edit and finalize the film & tney're even tax deductible.

So please, check it out and send it to your friends. I'm sure you'll be as spellbound and touched as I was.


Your fellow Museling, KK

barefootonthenorthshore said...

Dear Carla,

I just watched (via a link on twitter) the video Leave em Laughing. I found myself laughing, crying, and remembering vividly our family's personal experiences with ALS. Your red hair is stunning, your courage is inspiring, your son a beautiful legacy.

Our family, continues to host fundraisers in my father's name even now years later. I wish you and your circle of candles all the best.

Big hug-

Anonymous said...

Damn, you sure are!

Anonymous said...

you two are so gorgeous!!!!


Anonymous said...


I was able to sign up for payroll deduction thru my employer (large company) for the Carla Fund at the College of Marin Foundation. To do this it must be a 501(c)(3) corporation; which it is.

Information to do so:
College of Marin tax ID # 94-6109451; designate "Carla Fund"

I hope others are able to do this as well.

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