Continuing to put some heart and soul into the painting, where you’ll note the bottom right section is really starting to take on some paint.
GO JUMP IN THE LAKE! AND THEY DID! Five brave members of our military joined ranks in support of the Monument by LITERALLY jumping in a very frozen Lake Orono in Elk River, and raised over $1,000! Unreal! And to top it off, they wore colorful wigs and coordinating hula skirts. TALK ABOUT THE BOLD NORTH! The sun was out but the temperature was a lovely 15 or so…THANKS Bill, Aaron, Levi, Lauren and Wayne for your commitment not only in fundraising, for sticking it out, but for your service to our Country!
SHIVER ELK RIVER FUNDRAISER!
It’s mid January and a winter storm is bearing down, but all’s well in the studio. But keeping with the snow and cold theme…one of the Project’s own fundraising committee members, LEVI ACKLEY is once again dipping into Lake Orono at the Shiver Elk River Polar Plunge.
This fundraiser really is a lot of fun, and this year Levi has some friends joining him. All proceeds will benefit the last painting!
Memorial Day Weekend:
It’s a special time again, where on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, the Marine Corps painting will be officially installed and dedicated. Plan to attend!
As the year winds down, we take time to thank all the women and men who are serving all around the world. To our Veterans, we are grateful. To the families who wait for the safe and healthy return of their loved ones, we say thanks. With our hopes to a joyful and peace-filled new year.
Read this wonderful Story story by Vivian LaMoore in the Mille Lacs Messenger about Quintin Same, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and Marine Corps Veteran and his role in the project.
After an outstanding 37-year career with the National Guard, Colonel Scott St. Sauver is heading a new direction, as ever with his wife Debra. His military career is one lauded by many, and the Project is another one to do so. Colonel St. Sauver’s support over the past years, his attendance at events where the paintings were showcased, his inclusion of the artist at the annual NOREX exchange, and countless other ways he has helped to promote it are appreciated in ways that no words, spoken or written, can adequately describe. You are one of the most genuine people I have ever come to know, and your leadership is peerless.
On behalf of the Veterans Educational Historic Project, I extend deepest thanks to Colonel St. Sauver, and Debra as they, together, toss a line in the water and travel this great land together. Your friendship is the gift of a lifetime.
Charles Gilbert Kapsner