Man the fundraiser on Friday in Portland at Nemo Design Studios was a huge success!!! over $50,000 was raised to help Chris’s hospital bills in his fight for beating cancer. But more importantly is the overwhelming response from the community that came together to support Chris through his tough time and let him know that were all fighting for him.
I personally want to thank everyone involved that contributed, and a huge shout out to Anne and her crew for doing an unbelievably good job organizing everything…..If you missed this event be sure to make it to Costa Mesa, CA November 20th @ “The Boathouse Collective” for another fundraiser with amazing items being auctioned off in support of Chris.
Friends and family of legendary photographer Chris Brunkhart came together this past Friday night for a resoundingly successful art show and auction that raised critical funds to help Chris as he battles Stage 4 colon cancer that has spread to his liver. Nearly 500 friends and industry veterans turned out to celebrate Chris and demonstrate their support at a jam-packed event at Nemo Design headquarters in Portland, OR. A follow-up benefit will take place this coming Thursday November 20 from 5-11:30pm at the Boathouse Collective located at 1640 Pomona Avenue in Costa Mesa, CA. Suggested donation at the door is $10. A GoFundMe site has also been set up at www.gofundme.com/chrisbrunkhart.
Over 200 items were purchased at the Portland event, including paintings, wood cuts, screen prints, blown glass and other artwork along with photography from a who’s-who roster of snowboarding’s most legendary shooters. Also up for bid were season passes; product packages; and one-of-a-kind snowboard memorabilia from riders like Andy Trujillo, Bryan Iguchi, Mike Parillo, Justin Hostynek, Jamie Lynn, Matt Cummins and Scotty Wittlake. The evening’s biggest draws were Chris’ own prints and artwork, two original The Movement snowboards, a hand-built bike by Matt Donahue, and a 36 x 48 W3 Collective mixed media collage on wood and resin with hand-painting and stencil work that drew fevered bidding.
“As a community we are banding together to help one of our own as a he fights cancer – a disease whose devastating effects most of us will sadly feel in our lifetime,” said Trevor Graves, Founder, Principal and Director of Business Development for Nemo Design. He added, “Chris was a black-and-white outlier in an era when snowboarding was bedazzled by neon and fat pants. He taught me the importance of shooting for myself, and not worrying so much about what others think about my work. We are humbled, awed and amazed but certainly not surprised by the outpouring of support Chris has inspired.”
The upcoming Boathouse Collective event will feature live music and product packages donated by Flow, Capita, D-Day Snowboards, Volcom, Vans, 686, Arnette, Obey and many others. Artwork highlights include ten Jamie Lynn silk screen prints and a limited-edition series of signed and numbered Chris Brunkhart photographs, including some of his most iconic images.
Chris’ 2010 book of evocative snowboard photography, How Many Dreams in the Dark?, will also be for sale for $100. The purchase price includes a FREE entry to win a custom Harley Sportster that Landspeed Motorcycle Shop is rebuilding specifically to benefit Chris. The winning ticket will be drawn on December 15.
“Chris’ contribution to snowboarding is so much greater than he would ever take credit for,” explains Mark Hibdon, Executive Director Creative Services for the Wasserman Media Group and co-organizer of the Costa Mesa benefit. “Chris’ moody black-and-white photographs changed the way snowboarding was seen in magazines. Through his camera lens Chris has the ability to show us something we can’t see; he crafts an image that let’s us feel what he sees – the definition of a true artist. Chris is a pioneer, an artist and friend – we hope that everyone will turn out on Thursday evening to show their support.”
100% of every dime raised at both events, including bar tips, will go directly to Chris and help cover the costs of the integrative and alternative treatments that he is pursuing in addition to an intense chemotherapy regimen. Funds will also help offset the very deep financial drain that Chris and his partner now face as full time patient and care giver.
Photos Courtesy of Trevor Graves
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