06 April 2008

Benefits and Memorials - Chris and Otter of Bacchanal & Ashley Morris Memorial Fund

Howdy all NoLA Risers!

Below you will find information concerning some recent local tragedies that have occurred. I ask that you take a look and see what you can do. As part of the New Orleans community, NoLA Rising believes that it is imperative that we help our friends and neighbors. I've posted below some details about Chris and Otter and a website that has been set up by Andrea Gardner of L'art Noir to help support them through a horrible accident they've recently been in.

In addition to helping Chris and Otter, NoLA Rising is working to help the family of Ashley Morris, a noted New Orleans blogger and professor who has passed away. Below are many of the details that have been posted and emailed by Loki. I'll be working with him to see what NoLA Rising and its community of artists can do to assist there.

This is yet another example of the New Orleans community that separates us from other places. If any of y'all would like to help in each your own and unique way, please let me or Loki know. His information is below in the forwarded email.

And you all know, I don't randomly support causes. But this is not a cause, these are people who are part of our community. This is something that I have been asked to participate in and something I believe in. The spirit of New Orleans is ever-present in our willingness to participate in helping our friends and neighbors...which is why I am asking you to figure out in what way you can participate. If y'all would like to contact me about what can be done, please let me know and I'll be glad to forward any info and or support you can offer.

I call on all artists in the NoLA Rising sphere to contact me about donating artwork to these efforts! If you have some other skill or service, let me know and I'll get you in touch with the appropriate person. Thanks for being part of our melting pot of ideas and community here in New Orleans and thanks for helping NoLA Rise...one person at a time!




Chris from Bacchanal and Otter from the Backyard Ballroom were involved in a bad car accident early morning March 31. Their friend Tony Bonanno was driving and was pronounced dead on the scene. Chris suffered some broken bones and has had surgery, but will hopefully be home soon. Otter suffered more extensive injuries, including internal bleeding and is currently in guarded condition at University Hospital ICU.

Many wonderful groups and individuals are coming together to help support Chris and Otter financially and otherwise. L'art Noir New Orleans is coordinating a fund-raiser tentatively to take place on Saturday, April 19th at the Backyard Ballroom with bands, performances, art and other goods/services auction, etc.

Sign up to receive email updates on Chris & Otter's condition and fund-raising efforts here: lartnoir.com/Chris_Otter_Updates.

If you are interested in helping with the fund-raiser, playing at the fund-raiser and/or donating art, goods, services or other items for the auction, please contact Andrea via email at andrea@lartnoirneworleans.com or by phone at 504-324-2489.

An organization mailing list has been set up to facilitate fund-raising and other efforts and pass along updates and other info. If you wish to be part of the list, you can sign up at www.lartnoir.com/Chris_Otter.

If you wish to donate to them through paypal, here's a link. I'll update postings as they are relevant.


The Doctor Has Left The Building
April 2nd, 2008 by Loki

It is my sad duty to let you know that Dr. Ashley Morris, the man most likely to call Ray Nagin a fuckmook to his face, passed away today. We have lost our excitable boy. His unrelenting passion for our city and his community will be missed as much as his unflinching and cuss-ridden dissections of the federal, state and local incompetence that has brought our city to its present state.

Hana, his wife, left a post on his blog. Go by, leave a comment, read his old posts if you haven’t. Let them know there are people out there who care. He leaves three young children.

My friend you shall be missed, and that by many more than just myself. I will have more to say later when I am able to compose myself.
Ashley Morris, RIP

---http://rememberashleymorris.com Main site, content soon
http://mojono.com/mailman/listinfo/ashleymorrisfund_mojono.com Fund
Raising Announcement list
http://www.flickr.com/groups/ashleymorris/ Group Photo Albums of Ashley

504-708-4492 is the number to call to record an mp3 message for Hana
and the kids. Please start by introducing yourself. Please share your
Ashley Stories. This is something that the kids will really appreciate
down the line so don't be bashful especially if you have a really good

Spread these please, and also be prepared to spread the paypal info
that will be in the next email. Once that gets out we have five
figures to raise just for funeral expenses alone and we need to try to
do it ASAP.

Hana seems to bouncing back, but there are still grave financial
concerns. We must be active! Its fer da Perfesser!

If you are interested in making a donation to Hana for helping with expenses, go to paypal and use the email address ashley.morris.fund@gmail.com to donate money. Thank you for being a part of the New Orleans community.

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