A little over a week ago I sent out an announcement of a project I’ve been working on for the past few months photographing Cape Ann World War II Veterans in anticipation of an exhibition at City Hall in Gloucester for Veterans Day in November.
Since then I’ve photographed an additional eight veterans ranging from a member of the Army’s 10th Mountain division; a 96-year-old Army nurse; a married couple who both served in the Navy; a 93-year-old Essex Marine who landed on Okinawa; a life-long Annisquam resident who was part of the first Army Air Corps search and rescue squad and the Mondello brothers, two of five Gloucester Mondellos who served during the war.
This project is an effort to ensure that their stories and portraits are preserved, remembered and honored.
I need the community’s help in two important ways:
• If you know of any World War II veterans living on Cape Ann (Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex) who might want to be included in this project, please let me know. I hope to have everyone photographed by the end of September. Please get in touch 978.884.7964, or email firstname.lastname@example.org There is no cost to the veterans and each will receive a print as a thank you for their participation.
• I need to raise funds for the exhibition. My target is $10,000 for printing, framing and the exhibition of the portraits (50 prints @ $200/print). I’ve had a tremendous start with many generous donations. Thank you if you’ve already contributed. However, I am still some ways away from the goal. If I can’t raise the funds to cover the cost of the show, I won’t be able to complete the project. Please consider giving anything you can to help make this exhibition a success. Any funds raised above and beyond the cost of the exhibition will be donated to benefit Cape Ann veterans.
• If you would like to help support this project, or know someone who might, please consider sending a contribution (made out to Jason Grow Photography) to the address below. I’ve also started a GoFundMe campaign if you’d prefer to contribute that way: http://www.gofund.me/ww2vetsportraits
I would be grateful for any contributions that help this project succeed.
Thank you and please forward this on to anyone you think might be interested.
Jason Grow Photography
Carol Thistle forwards-
US Department of Housing and Urban Development Selects Gloucester in Highly Competitive Grant
Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken announced today that US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $1,285,280 to the City of Gloucester to eliminate lead paint from Gloucester’s homes. The grant is highly competitive, and Gloucester is one of only 32 communities in the country to receive funding.
Mayor Romeo Theken stated, “The funding from HUD will reduce the risk of lead paint poisoning in our children. HUD has been a great partner for the City, and these additional monies will allow us to do even more to support our families and their homes.”
“Every family deserves to live in a safe and healthy home where they can see their children thrive and excel,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “Communities will use these grants to help eliminate home-related hazards in neighborhoods across the country. A healthy home is vital to the American Dream.”
The City’s Community Development Department will be working with HUD to finalize the grant agreement over the next month. The City will publicize when the program is ready to accept applications.
The Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport’s Thrift Shop is having its end-of-season HALF PRICE SALE this Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5. The shop is open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00. We will also be open Friday night from 4 to 8 for Rockport’s First Friday event, Customers will find great treasures..old tools, fine crystal, sporting equipment, games and puzzles, art and collectibles..something for all ages!
The money from the Thrift Shop goes toward the matching funds the church is required by the Community Preservation Fund to raise for the repair of the church steeple.
Come, browse…you might be surprised at what you might find and you will be helping with the restoration of one of Rockport’s treasures. We are located at 4 Cleaves Street in downtown Rockport.
Thank you for posting this….Liz Spaulding