Monday, September 05, 2005

Katrina: Herman Leonard Family Help Fund

Found this on the International Association for Jazz Education forum board for Hurricane Assistance:

We have recieved word on the status of legendary photographer Herman Leonard. His negatives are in a 5th floor vault at the Ogden Museum in N.O. and may be okay, but they are inaccessible for months. He has lost his home and studio - everything - prints, artwork collected over a lifetime, the computer with all the digital work he has been doing for the last 10 years, darkroom - everything that can produce an income. Herman and his family are now safe in Long Beach, California for the time being. See the following advisory regarding how you can help:

Dear Family and Friends,

We are writing to you on behalf of the LEONARD FAMILY HELP FUND.

As many of you know, Herman Leonard, Shana Leonard, Stephen Smith and their daughter India were living in New Orleans, specifically in the Lakeview area, which is now well submerged in water in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. They were able to evacuate the city but their property has been flooded and their possessions destroyed. They left New Orleans with little more than the clothes on their back and will have to completely rebuild their lives.

Amongst their possessions were all of India's expensive medical equipment. India is severely disabled with cerebral palsy and microcephaly. Although she is 10 years old, she is not able to walk, talk or feed herself, and requires 24-hour care. A lot of the equipment that is used on a daily basis they were forced to leave behind and it must be replaced as soon as possible.

Many of you have been calling and asking how to help, which has meant a lot to them. Here is the way: LOVE AND CASH! (And not necessarily in that order).

We have formed the LEONARD FAMILY HELP FUND to assist them in rebuilding their lives. Please feel free to contribute generously, but most importantly - no amount is too small.

Please make the check payable to:LEONARD FAMILY HELP FUND

Send To:Leonard Family Help fundc/o Jo Winett10716 Esther Ave.Los Angeles, CA 90064

Or you can pay via

We will be emailing you updates with news and progress. If you have any questions regarding this fund, or would like to help, please feel free to contact us.

On behalf of the Leonard Family and ourselves, we sincerely thank you,

Rana Joy Glickman, Jo Winett and Hillary Bratton

Organizing committee contact info -Rana Joy (323) 960-0080 (310) 234-0268 jowinett@verizon.netHillary (650) 233-3747


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