Hollis Update: Gold for our (open-eyed!) girl

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The Guardian continues to follow the condition of local dancer and activist Hollis Hawthorne, who was in a serious motorcycle accident in India and is in a coma.

Miracles do happen! Hollis is doing better than expected. Though still not responding to commands, she is opening both eyes and squeezing the hands of her mom and boyfriend. She's also been moved to a private room while her family works with several airlines to try to get her home. More info here.

Meanwhile, friends and family have raised $75,500 as of Monday. Almost halfway there! And we've been blown away by the support we've gotten for tomorrow's Gold Rush fundraiser at Slim's. It's truly going to be a spectacular night - one we only wish Hollis could be present for.

Highlights? Extra Action Marching Band, who Hollis danced to just hours before she left for India last month; A raffle for two Burning Man tickets or two tickets to Teatro Zinzanni; An art auction curated by Will Chase, also known as the man at the helm of Jack Rabbit Speaks; Bohemian Carnival favorites Gooferman; performances by both of the dance troupes Hollis helped found; Live auction by Chicken John; and so much more... Pre-purchase your tickets at www.slims-sf.com and get there early, because this is going to be one fantastic, and PACKED, show.

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In other fundraising news, money-making events have been planned in Portland, Oregon, New York, Gerlach, Nevada; (near the site where Burning Man is staged every year), and Ottawa, Canada. Plans in the works for fundraisers in Austin and Chicago.

And here in SF:

A woman named Franny is staging her own raffle, with fabulous prizes ranging from Burning Man tickets to a spa day at Opals. She'll be at Amnesia every Tuesday night in March after 9pm, with prizes drawn April 1, 7:30-9pm, at 545 Connecticut.

Th'Mole's CD release will now be a fundraiser for Hollis, held at the art co-op where she stayed prior to her trip. March 14, 9pm, $8. 848 Divisadero, SF.


Gold Rush: A Benefit for Hollis Hawthorne
Featuring THE EXTRA ACTION MARCHING BAND
The Derailleurs
Cheese Puffs
Jesse Roadkill
Melvin
One Fell Swoop
Art Auction by Will Chase
RAFFLE FOR 2 BURNING MAN TICKETS!

Thursday March 12
Doors at 7:30
Show at 8pm
$15-$500
Slim's
333 11th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-255-0333

Hollis Hawthorne, the dancer, the doer, the maker, the muse who has touched so many people, is in a coma in India and NEEDS OUR HELP. The purpose of this fundraiser is to fly her home to the world-class donated care of Stanford University.

This event is GOLD themed, Hollis' signature color. Everyone is urged to wear gold!

For more information, go to www.slims-sf.com or friendsofhollis.blogspot.com

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