We get by with a little help…
Welcome, Friends… and thank you.
Here’s our guy.
Michael Parent has touched thousands upon thousands of people across the globe with his unique, poignant and hilarious storytelling. His generosity of spirit has been an example to all of us who know him. Now, he needs our help
Michael’s friends are looking to raise $100,000 for his care; we’re asking you to join us.
Here’s the situation: At 75 years of age, Michael is faced with a complex range of medical problems that leave him unable to get around by himself or safely navigate the everyday activities of life. The last several years have been very difficult for him. In addition to the medical costs, he’s looking at the need for an assisted living facility that will provide him support and comfort.
Of course, that kind of facility isn’t cheap. Michael has lived a frugal life, living as simply as possible while he practiced his art. As a result, like many artists, he has little savings – not near enough to cover what he’ll need in the next couple of years. Michael is considering several good options in the Portland, Maine area, where he lives – but all of them require a financial commitment – one he can’t make without us.
For those of you not familiar with Michael and his work: Michael was in the first generation of tellers in the storytelling renaissance that started in the 1970’s in the United States. Born and raised in Lewiston, Maine, he brings his French-Canadian heritage to his stories and music – work based on his own life experiences and traditional material. His work is compassionate, deep and funny. He’s been recognized as one of the finest performing storytellers by his peers, earning the Circle of Excellence award from the National Storytelling Network and appearing at festivals across the United States and around the world. As an example of his impact on the arts community, he lived in Charlottesville, VA, for two decades and on top of being the unofficial mayor of the downtown mall, he co-founded the Live Art Theater (still going 31 years later) and the Fall Festival of Tales. His generosity extends to his support of other tellers – he’s been a valued and talented coach and workshop leader to hundreds of other tellers.
As his friends, we feel that this financial support is one way we have of saying thanks to him for all he’s done. With a goal of $100,000, we’ve already gotten commitments of over $55,000. Updated, June 8: We’ve just passed $86,000 in donations and pledges!!!
You can make your donations to the Open Hands Foundation, openhands.avenue.org, a 501 C-3 organization dedicated to supporting the medical needs of those who cannot pay. (Scroll down to Michael’s section.) All donations are tax deductible and 100% goes to Michael’s care. If you send them a check, 523 Lexington Ave., Charlottesville, VA 22902, please let them know it’s for Michael Parent.
Please join us in supporting our dear friend, talented artist, and wonderful human being.