20th Anniversary Memorial Fundraiser for David “Gypsy” Chain at the Historic Eagle House on September 16th
This is a press release from the event organizers:
Forest activists, community members, musicians and artists will gather at the Historic Eagle House in Old Town, Eureka on Sunday, September 16 for a 20th Anniversary Memorial for David “Gypsy” Chain. The event is a fundraiser for a scholarship in memory of the young man who lost his life on Sept. 17, 1998 while trying to prevent illegal logging near Grizzly Creek in the Van Duzen River watershed. Administered by the Humboldt Area Foundation, the annual scholarship will benefit local high school seniors or students at Humboldt State University or College of the Redwoods who have demonstrated commitment to issues of forest ecology through volunteer and/or academic projects.
The line-up for the September 16th gala includes activists Julia Butterfly Hill, Darryl Cherny, Tim Metz, Greg King and others. Theatre artists David Simpson and Jane Lapiner will entertain, along with storyteller Paul Woodland. Musical performers include Berel Alexander and Kira Weiss, Francine Allen, Joanne Rand and Rob Diggins. Poet Jerry Martien and author Joan Dunning will offer reflections.
Now part of the Inn at 2nd and C, the newly-remodelled ballroom will display fine art and craft for a silent auction with works by Dona Blakely, Cat McAdams, Christina Anastasia, Alan Samuel, Joan Dunning, Patricia Sennott, Kathy O’Leary, Betsy Roberts, Sara Starr, Iris Schenke, Laci Dane, Peggy Loudon and more.
Rabbi Naomi Steinberg, one of the event organizers, explains the vision: ”We’re offering this event as an occasion for reflection, to think about what we’ve learned since the painful controversies over the forest in the 1990s. How have we grown as individuals and as a community? And for those of us who knew Gypsy or knew of him, how did his death influence the course of our lives? Also, we hope that every year the announcements of the scholarship availability and recipients will continue to educate the public about an important era in Humboldt County history, and help keep us focused on preservation and restoration of our magnificent redwood ecosystem.”
Members of David “Gypsy” Chain’s family and friends will travel from Texas to take part.
The event will also feature memorial tributes to Freeman House, author of the award winning Totem Slamon.
Local supporting organizations include EPIC, Trees Foundation, Friends of the Van Duzen River, Northcoast Environmental Center, Salmonid Restoration Federation, Humboldt Baykeeper and Sanctuary Forest.
Tickets are $25 per person, students are free of charge. Refreshments will be served and guests can enjoy a no-host bar in the vintage lounge. Doors open at 7 pm for art viewing, with artists’ talks at 7:30 and the main program at 8:00 pm.