Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Village for a Family: March 21st

On Sunday, March 21, hundreds will gather from noon until dark at a Sarasota Florida cracker-style ranch in honor of a local family in need. The event, titled "A Village for A Family," is being sponsored by WSLR 96.5 and Sarasota’s Midwives, and will feature six local bands, refreshments, fun for children and a spirit of community. Proceeds will benefit the Augsburger family.

Colleen and Brad Augsburger welcomed their third baby, Kaya Soul, into the world on February 16th. Kaya was welcomed by big sister Ivy Magnolia and big brother Rylan Sky to create a new family of five. After Kaya's birth, Colleen was admitted to the ICU at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. A rare but dangerous bacterial infection, unrelated to but exacerbated by the event of birth, began causing organ damage and severe dehydration. Colleen had three surgical procedures at once on February 20th. She remained on a ventilator, on heavy blood antibiotics, and in critical condition for the following week. Due to the thorough postpartum care of her midwives, the quick and expert work of her team of doctors, and the round-the-clock spiritual vigil of her community, Colleen is home now, and beginning her long recovery process. Her family is strong and supported, but Brad will be unable to work as a painter while he cares for them and for his recovering wife.

A Village for A Family will raise proceeds for the Augsburger family while celebrating the amazing community that has rallied behind them. The Augsburgers have been fed by a different family each night since Colleen’s admission to the hospital. Baby Kaya was sustained for the beginning of his life by the generosity and nurturing of the mothers of his community. And through a PayPal account widely generated by social networking media, Brad has been able to pay bills and focus on his recovering family. They have also received donations from several local businesses, including hot restaurant meals from Ashley’s Food Delivery, organic vegetables from Jessica’s Stand, and donations of baby clothes from Mothers Helping Mothers. "Always a contributor to Mothers Helping Mothers, Colleen Augsburger is a model mother and a friend," says Terry Stottlemyer, director. I am confident Sarasota community members will join me in supporting Colleen, Brad, and their three beautiful children in this, their most devastating time of need."

The Stottlemyers will host the benefit A Village for A Family on March 21, and it won’t be the first time they’ve honored the Augsburger family. Their gorgeous homestead is where Brad and Colleen were married almost eight years ago. WSLR 96.5 will bring attendees an afternoon of top-notch local music beginning at noon, from artists such as Tanya Radtke, The Recycled Citizen, My Friend Scott, Cope, Stone Fish, and Radio-Free Carmela and the Transmitters. Guests will enjoy a fabulous raffle from local businesses, southern BBQ from Roadside Rib Shack, Budweiser from Gold Coast Eagle, and shaved ice from The Hukilau Hut. Children are most welcome for face painting from Upscale Artisans, a bounce house and more. The suggested donation is $10 for adults and free for children. The Stottlemyers’ ranch is located at 65 East Road, behind the Texaco station 1 mile east of I-75 off of Fruitville Road.

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