‘Lovelifemusic’ plans Haven House fundraiser

• Alaska Women Singer/Songwriters join cause to help women’s shelter

By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune

Photo provided - Shawn Zuke (LEFT), organizer of the fundraiser planned for this weekend to benefit Haven House, is shown performing with Melissa Mitchell. An art auction will include a Steve Collins painting, jewelry by Halibut Cove artist Ashley Maury, an Art Shop Gallery donation, a DamselFly classic facial, Something To Believe In jewelry and haircuts by Grassroots Salon.

Photo provided - Shawn Zuke (LEFT), organizer of the fundraiser planned for this weekend to benefit Haven House, is shown performing with Melissa Mitchell. An art auction will include a Steve Collins painting, jewelry by Halibut Cove artist Ashley Maury, an Art Shop Gallery donation, a DamselFly classic facial, Something To Believe In jewelry and haircuts by Grassroots Salon.

Finding new ideas for fundraisers to benefit the Homer Haven House might not seem like such an easy task to set about tackling each year, but for local musician Shawn Zuke, the work of the shelter suggests many themes.
“Healing women and children is really important to the human process of the planet,” Zuke said. “That’s a theme I think it’s good to focus on. If we heal the women, we heal the families. They will be able to bring up the energy of the family core. When families heal, communities heal.”
Haven House serves women and children not only as a shelter, but also assisting in other ways to help them reach stability after a crisis. Last year, the House served more than 200 families.
The first domestic violence emergency shelter of its kind in the country, Haven House is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping abused women and their children on their way toward a life free of violence.
One way to raise money for the cause is through fundraisers, and on Saturday at 8 p.m., Down East Saloon plans to do its part. The bar will hold a no-smoking event that includes an auction of local artists’ creations, and a number of female performers under the banner of Alaska Women Singer/Songwriters for Peace. Performing will be Melissa Mitchell, Shawn Zuke, Caressa Bohrer, Katie Emerick, Sally Wills and Rachel Hollander. Supporting the vocal performers will be Colin Tolman on drums and Milo Matthews on bass.
A $10 donation at the door is requested, and T-shirts with local artist Chelsea Horn’s artwork will be available for sale to help raise money. Following a CD release by the Homer women in April this year, an Alaskan tour will take them through Homer, Girdwood, Anchorage and Talkeetna.  The intention of the tour is to raise awareness of domestic violence and the availability of local women’s shelters. Proceeds from sales of the Alaskan Women Singer/Songwriters for Peace Compilation CD will be donated to Haven House. The group is still accepting donations for the art auction, soliciting local businesses for everything from massages to gift certificates.
The CD is being produced locally by Lovelifemusic Productions; a studio owned by Zuke and husband Milo Matthews, who started up last summer.
This fundraiser combines several good things in one place in the name of supporting women and children, organizer Zuke said. It brings female musicians together, raises awareness of domestic violence and helps make communities a better place by caring for the family unit.
“I have been personally involved in domestic violence in a past experience, so I had a connection with Haven House already,” Zuke said. “They are friendly and kind, and completely open to helping you right on the spot. When you are at that place where you have no power, to know you can make a call to get out of the situation and take some time to clear your mind is crucial.”
The cash donation of an individual who wants to remain anonymous made printing the T-shirts possible. With that person’s help, the women were able to purchase the T-shirts to be offered for sale. Then, with money raised for the CD to be sold statewide, a percentage of the proceeds will go to Haven House, Zuke said.
Chelsea Horn, a Homer artist who works in several mediums — including acrylic — created the T-shirt design, which also will illustrate the CD’s cover.
“I am a mom with two children, and a huge supporter of Haven House,” Horn said. “That is the largest reason for me to get involved. I am very supportive of them and what they do.”
Lovelifemusic wants to produce more albums to help nonprofits raise funds, Zuke said. This will be the first.
“We would like to be choosing one cause per album, raising money for art in the schools, or other groups who need the support,” Zuke explained.
They are currently completing work on four CD projects for local musicians that should available soon. Call (907) 841-0240 for more information.

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