Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Fundraiser for border poet Byrd Baylor's medical expenses

Fund-Raising Benefit for Byrd Baylor

Saturday, September 8th, 5-9 pm.
Arivaca Community Center (directions below)
Dancing to "The Druthers" music (Tom, Byrd's "horseman", is the bass player)
Arivaca-Style Potluck, 50/50 raffle, Beer provided - suggested donation: $2
Suggested admission: $10
There will be carpooling from Casa Maria (corner of 3rd Ave. S. and 25th St. W.) at 3 pm, Saturday afternoon.
Byrd Baylor is recovering from stomach cancer, but her medical expenses are very high.
The people of Arivaca ("the town where nobody knows your last name") really come out for this kind of thing. And they most all are proud to have Byrd as a friend and neighbor. She starts chemo in a couple of weeks and medicare pays only 80%. Needless to say, Byrd is as poor as a kangaroo rat, and nowhere near as affluent as a pack rat.
Byrd Baylor, award-winning author of many beloved children's books, and patrone, model, mentor and landlady for the No More Deaths camp outside of Arivaca, is recovering from cancer surgery. Although Medicare has covered her hospitalization, she has huge expenses to pay for the chemo treatments.
For all you folks who are unable to attend, you can contribute to the benefit by sending donations and letters to:
Byrd Baylor c/o Betty Johnson, 332 N. Plumer Ave. Tucson, AZ 85719.
The Fund-Raiser is being organized by her many friends from Arivaca and is being held at the Arivaca Community Center on the well-signed Universal Ranch Road, one-half mile south of the Arivaca Road (mile marker 2 east), about fifty miles southwest of Tucson. (Take I-19 south to Exit 48 and go west 1/8 mile to stop sign, then north 200 yards, then turn west on Arivaca Road.)
Please circulate this message and attachment to all who might be interested.
Thank you for caring for Byrd Baylor and her decades of assistance to migrants.
Paz y luz,
Steve Johnston

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