A friend of mine, Charles Rencountre, a Lakota sculptor who lives in Santa Fe, is holding a raffle of his sculture Wicasa Wakan to help his older brother Jimmy with medically related and cost of living expenses for his family.
His brother was diagnosed with 4th stage metastasized lymphoma in October of 2008. Charles can explain things better in his own words Download Raffle for Jimmy PDF 5.8MB:
If you aren’t familiar with South Dakota, I will tell you that there is not a lot of resources up here for the Lakota or Dakota tribes. Poverty is the common ground of many people in the area. My brother is 52. Jimmy is a father of five children and a grandfather to ten. His youngest two are still at home in high school and middle school.
The diagnosis came after a year of stomach and back pains. The seriousness of these symptoms was not understood by the local Indian Hospital and the pain became so severe that he was eventually prescribed an MRI that revealed this condition.
My brother and our family have a lot of faith. The doctors told him that they couldn’t do anything to help him other than help him manage pain. And the way that we’ve come together is through prayer and our practice of Lakota ways. Recently with my brother, the family did four days of ceremony with a medicine man from Pine Ridge. My brother’s spirit is strong and he is not afraid whatever the Creator has in store for him.
What probably concerns him more than anything is the financial needs and debt of his wife and children. How can he help them to live? When I found out about his illness I wanted to do whatever I could to alleviate the additional monetary stress. As boys my big brother Jimmy was my protector, he’d take on any kids that tried to harm me when we were walking home from school. He taught me how to hold my own and stand up for what was important to me. Now it is my turn to stand up for him.
I came up with this idea of donating and then raffling my work Wicasa Wakanto potentially raise $24,000 dollars for a family fund that will help his wife, children (and grandchildren). The raffle is a total of 240 entries raffled at 100 dollars. I will offer this raffle internationally via email. Tickets will begin selling June of 2009 for three months. The cut off date will be September first of 2009. If we sell less than 240 tickets, then we’ll raise less than $24,000 dollars. And the chances of winning go up. If it reaches the goal and we sell the 240 tickets, then that number will be the cut off.
The winner’s name will be drawn on September 15th. The draw will take place at a public dinner and Jimmy’s youngest child Benjamin will do the honor of representing his father. My brother Jimmy understands what is being done on the behalf of his children (and grandchildren). He thanks you for your participation in this raffle.
TO APPLY FOR THE RAFFLE
Each ticket entry for the Bronze and Mixed Media Piece Wicasa Wakan is $100 dollars.
To enter please send to Charles Rencountre:
- a self addressed stamed envelope,
- a note that includes your email address
- and a check of $100 for each entry.
Please write the check out to Wicasa Wakan.
His mailing address is:
159C Calle Ojo Feliz
Santa Fe, New Mexico
It will be deposited in a Wells Fargo account in Black Hawk, South Dakota that his trusted friend (and brother) Craig Engel opened for the raffle. He is the only person in charge of the account and will be the one distributing it to the family in mid September. If you need to verify the legitimacy of the account you may call the Wells Fargo bank in Black Hawk directly. Their number is (605) 787-9224.
Charles will send you an email copy of your raffle number(s) as well as a hard copy letter. When they
have 240 raffle tickets sold, they will inform you of the date of the drawing beforehand as well as
send you the YouTube link of the draw itself. They want you to see the family you have connected to and helped through participating in this raffle.
Thank you for you support of this event and for your interest in this art piece.