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Thank you so much,

The Tea Party In Tribute To Helen Hill was a wonderful event. Thanks again to everyone who brought food, performed, sewed commemorative patches, or screened their films. We raised $399.00 towards inviting a series of visiting artists to curate programs of films in Helen’s Honor. They will be presented every other month as part of our TEA PARTIES IN TRIBUTE TO HELEN HILL.

While I was cleaning up from the event to get ready for our 7:30 p.m. film Helen’s husband Paul Gailunas called from Vancouver to thank everyone for remembering Helen in such a “sweet, sweet way.”

Paul asked me to thank everyone who helped put the tribute together and to tell everyone that he “really loves and misses everyone.”

He has been in Vancouver for a week and said “It’s hard, but I am enjoying the time I am spending playing with Francis”.

He went on to say that he was working with filmmaker Alex MacKenzie (who has a Steenbeck editing system in his apartment) who is helping him finish Helen’s film, The Florestine Collection.

I told him about the Second Line/Jazz Funeral being organized for Helen on the Saturday after Mardi Gras and he talked about how much Helen loved Second Lines and the Mother-In-Law Lounge.

He again asked me to make sure I told everyone how much he appreciated everything everyone is doing for Helen, Francis and him.

I was so touched by hearing from him, I completely forgot to ask him how he was recovering from the surgery on his hand. But he sounded as good and positive as could be expected.

We will be organizing the next Tea Party in March. I will let you all know through the Zeitgeist e-mail list and Pat Jolly when and where it is.


Rene Broussard

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