Friday, July 13, 2012

"The Gathering" Jackson Elks Lodge 1713

"The Gathering"

We've been visiting the Jackson Hole WY area for several years and have the great pleasure of making a lot of friends.  We always stay at the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Jackson which is centrally located to everything and is within walking distance to great shops and restaurants.   However this isn't about the Homewood Suites. 

We met Kelly Champlain through Homewood Suites and quickly formed a friendship.  We found out Kelly is an excellent chef and helped host Friday dinners at the local Elks Lodge #1713 where he invited us even though we weren't members.  We stayed in Jackson for well over 8 weeks last year and ate at the Elks Lodge just about every Friday.  It's turn into a regular thing for us to dine at the Elks Lodge anytime we're in Jackson and Kelly is cooking.

Kelly's a friend and client having bought 2-pieces from us on our first visit.  A conversation between Kelly and us started us on a great adventure in trying to help the Elks in their charity drive.  Kelly asked us for an image of an Elk or a group of Elk which he would purchase then raffle.  We decided to do him one-better and donate the image as an artist proof and added 10 additional images (limited edition of 10) which we then sold to the Jackson Hole Elks at cost.

We asked Kelly to write down some of the things his lodge does throughout the year and this  what he gave us.

Chartable Projects include but not limited to:

Free Mother Day Brunch

Jackson Hole Food Bank

C-V Ranch Children's Christmas

Various scholarships

Veterans - this includes a free dinner to all veterans at Veterans Day


Drug Awareness Program

Kelly also added ENF - Elk National Foundation which is an aid for people with disabilities, cancer research, children hospitals, youth camps, families & children in need.

The raffle tickets for the artist proof is on sale through Jackson Hole Elks Lodge #1713 and Kelly should be contacted if you are interested in purchasing one of the ten images.  The raffle tickets are $5 each and is limited to 600 tickets.

The image, "The Gathering" was captured specifically for the Jackson WY Elks Lodge #1713 in the National Elk Refuge, Jackson WY February 2012.  The image is 40x20 printed on canvas using an Epson 9900 professional wide-format printer using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink.  The image is printed on Breathing Color Lyve 19 mil, 450 GSM, poly-cotton museum grade archival quality canvas and further protected with Glamour II coating.

We spoke with Kelly shortly before posting this and learned that the raffle drawing is scheduled in September 29, 2012.  Contact 307-733-1713 if you'd like to participate in a great event.

Sandy & Don

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