Thank you to Rich Methany for capturing me within a Melody at the Fundraiser Jam Session for Phil Griffin.. It was such a memorable night for an Amazing Man in our Community… The ARTist Community truly came together to celebrate his Life while he is still here to witness it. ::: In September, Phil was brutally attacked by a person wielding a hammer while driving his taxicab. His wounds were so severe it was necessary to medevac him to Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He has required facial reconstruction and extensive dental work & the medical expenses are astronomical. As a result of his severe injuries, Phil has been unable to work. Phil is a Beaufort native and a gifted musician. His wife is local artist Diane Britton Dunham. This special fundraiser was to help offset Phil’s medical bills.
From the Archives… I was freestylin because the piano was sooo beautiful at a Studio in Atlanta GA … Enjoy (https://soundcloud.com/mahoganee/baby)
On NOVEMBER 17th, 6:00 – 10:00PM at ArtWorks In-Beaufort there will be a special Musical Fundraiser and ART Auction for Phil Griffin, husband of celebrated local ARTist, Diane Britton Dunham. >>> $10 Donation <<<
Last month, Phil was brutally attacked by a person wielding a hammer while driving his taxicab. His wounds were so severe it was necessary to medevac him to Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He has required facial reconstruction and extensive dental work & the medical expenses are astronomical. As a result of his severe injuries, Phil has been unable to work.
Some of you might know Phil because you have grown up here. Others know him as a gifted musician or because you have used his taxi company’s service. Many know him through his wife, Diane Britton Dunham .
After talking with a number of musicians, it was decided by Richard Darby & Susan Madison to host a fundraiser to help offset Phil’s medical bills. The Sweetgrass Angels, Warsaw Island Boys, Sometimes Later Band, Jan Spencer and Mahoganee have all agreed to donate their time to play at ARTworks. All of the musicians will be on stage together, doing a “round-robin” of music with each band or artist doing several songs and then passing it to the next group or artist – a total of three hours of music. We hope to have some additional musicians who have played with Phil to come up on stage as well.
In addition to the music, Susan Madison is organizing an art auction of local artists. If desired, 60% commission will be paid to the artist with 40% going to the event – although some artists have come forward willing to donate 100% to this cause. If you are an artist. PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING A FELLOW ARTIST AND COMMUNITY MEMBER BY DONATING YOUR WORK OR OTHER AUCTIONABLE ITEMS.
This conference was life-changing in so many ways for me. It was an honor to MC the Saturday events. I woke up excited for what the day had to offer and my Expectations were exceeded. I got a swift kick in the derriere to pull some dreams off the shelf and I also received some awesome blessings by “Daring To Be Different”… On Friday night my ears got an awakening from a SHERO who goes by the name of Michelle Rouche and I got a new perspective on my life and my dreams. On Saturday I was touched by Davina Walker, Vivian Watts, Shaniequa Washington and Theresa Roberts. #ExpectGreatness
So I had the awesome pleasure of performing with Daniel Winans of the Winans Family (first family of gospel). It was a great experience and a lot was learned. I am thankful for the opportunity. We performed two songs from Daniel’s new CD entitled “Family” which is now on iTunes as well as CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/danielwinans2) Watch The Wind & Find a Way. Another favorite of mine on the album is “Philistine Stuff”.. Check it out, I know you will enjoy.