I have chosen the saddest possible day in recent memory (the Connecticut school massacre) to write about an event on one of the happiest days I ever spent: the fundraiser on Dec. 9 at Ginger Hill Antiques for the Kopjanski Education Fund. The four Kopjanski children of southern Rappahannock, whose dad, Gary, passed away recently following a long battle with cancer, attended the event along with their mom, Melanie, and several relatives. Thank you, Kopjanski family, for spending three hours with us at the event.
We also want to thank the more than 100 residents who took time away from the Redskins game and other activities to support this family. All attendees made donations to the fund, including some in cash, so we won’t individually thank each person. A number of others told us they could not attend and mailed donations (payable to Melanie Kopjanski, Custodian, 139 W. Davis St. Suite 300, Culpeper, VA 22701, if you haven’t mailed yours yet).
More than $5,000 was raised at the Kopjanski fund event! Most came in the form of donations, but additional amounts were realized from bids on silent auction items. Our band’s three corporate partners for this event also contributed a percentage of sales during this event. Thanks to Dan Lewis and Berni Olson at Ginger Hill Antiques who hosted this event; Brooke Parkhurst at Triple Oak Bakery/Acorn Cafe who provided tasty snacks (and even got me to dance to bluegrass music) and her staff, Beth Hall; and to all these folks at Narmada who made the winery’s presence at this event possible: owners Sudha and Pandit Patil, general manager Mary Ann Dancisin and Neda.
Thanks also to Grant Heflin, Brian and Alex Taylor of the Narrow Path Bluegrass Band and to Brenda Jeffries, Alan Cohen, Dan Lewis, Marie Fox and Charles Tompkins of my Turkey Ridge String Band for donating their time and talents. We also appreciate the efforts by Rappahannock News editor Roger Piantadosi and columnist Jan Clatterbuck to help us publicize the event.
Thanks also to the many people who donated items for the silent auction: Alan Cohen and Eva Carney, Lois and Steve Kirchner, Cheryl Crews and the LS Foundation, Kit Johnston, Monique Bernardo, Katrin Trotter, Joe Pipik and Jeannie Wall, Sarah Tayloe, Flint Springs and Collectibles, Paul Erlenborn, Deborah Moore, Pam Owen, Barbara Dennis, Ray and Leslie Hastings, Rob Eliason, Leslie Mote and Lavonne Adkins. I cannot find the name of the person who donated the lovely sterling silver cross. I hope I have not omitted others.
Thanks also to several of the community-spirited Lions Club who helped with this project: Steve Kirchner and Alex and Brian Taylor.
If you weren’t able to make it you missed Paul Reisler and the Kopjanski family sing a song about Gary, which Paul and the Kopjanski children co-wrote. It was very touching.
Thanks again to all who made this heartwarming afternoon a success.
Turkey Ridge String Band