What can we do for the victims of this terrible tragedy in Italy?
An earthquake has come and destroyed their tiny cities, their whole livelihoods, literally decimated the population in some areas. Hundreds have died and some are still missing. On top of that in Amatrice alone over 1500 artworks in 115 churches are destroyed, in danger, or buried under rubble, taking second priority to the initial search and rescue efforts.
Now, as summer ends the cooler fall nights arrive hinting at the winter without proper shelter to come. Around 2000 Italians are currently living in tents and other temporary housing and are predicted to remain there for the winter.
Roads in the region were initially cut off making it extremely difficult to get vital supplies up into the scattered hillside towns surrounding the epicenter. Slowly the infrastructure is being rebuilt, yet it’s going to be a long time until life gets back to normal. In some places, normal may never return.
Many fear that the reconstruction of historic center of Amatrice is in danger of being taken over by the Mafia, just as L’Aquila still has a center that remains a ghost town after the 2009 earthquake that struck the city.
I’m hosting a fundraiser event at my home for the victims of the earthquake in Italy on August 24th that affected Amatrice and the surrounding towns.
You are invited to a celebration of the culture and beauty of Italy.
I am going to be giving a short presentation of my recent visits to Italy as well as making available for purchase my matted and signed artistic prints from all five of my trips.
A large portion of every photo sold will be donated. Our goal is to raise $1000 for the earthquake relief. I’m optimistic that we can reach this goal because my employer, Apple, is doing a 2:1 match of donations from its employees.
Available will be Italian wines, desserts and other snacks. Gluten free and non-alcoholic beverages will be available as well.
I can’t wait to see you there. Please bring your friends and RSVP so we have enough wine!
If you cannot make it please consider donating through PayPal: