Stephanie & Kenny's(Tee's Brother ) home of 34 Years they built in Ascension Parish
5 Masterpiece Rockmores barely survived in this house!
What an excruciatingly long 10 days it has been for our friends and family in
The Louisiana Flood of 2016. The great news is that because of your response to
Shirley Marvin's crisis she was able to get her dental work and secure her place in her retirement community. The sad news is that in the Louisiana flood, all of Tee's extended had been dramatically impacted with many losing homes, vehicles, possessions and livelihoods. After protests, police killings and a summer of Baton Rouge heartbreak, we are now hit with the most devastating flood in our areas history. When it rains, it pours.
Tee Family Member with 6 kids
Family member's new home - 2 infants
Pepper & Chris Hageback
Many Rockmore Folks in the affected areas have shared stories of their saved or damaged Rockmores.
If you have a damaged Rockmore do not despair, we have a restorer in LaGrange that can bring it back to life. If you send us pictures, we can get you a ballpark estimate and we are happy to transport it to and from LaGrange for you for an official estimate and restoration (if you choose to do so). After Hurricane Katrina, we were discouraged by the fact that many of the NOLA restorers dramatically increased prices and did not provide timely or quality work. We had discovered the artist
Chris Hageback who also does restoration during our LaGrange Museum Show and we have used him ever since. His wife
Pepper Ellis-Hagebak helps run
Bobby Cammon's Three Point Frame Shop and they do all of our Rockmore cleanings and reframings. Our
GEFQ Non-Profit will personally be providing the FREE transportation for your damaged art to and from Louisiana as our way of helping. Send us an
email if you are interested.
Because the storm did not have a name, and the media chose NOT to bump The Olympics & politics coverage even a little, and the fact folks don't understand what 30 inches of rain over 3 days can do, Louisiana has been mostly forgotten by the media so far. That means the potential for amazing donations to the Red Cross, etc will be fractional and that will hurt us all. Taylor Swift got it right away and donated 1 million within days because she has played Tiger Stadium, she knows our people!
These Photos are all from Tee Family Members homes
You obviously know us as well. So many of our friends from our Rockmore family have already contributed to Tee's family
GoFundMe -The Abadie Family Louisiana Flood Fund - before this very first announcement to the Rockmore Community. Our daughter Macy is running the relief effort from Louisnana and for every $1630 we raise, 60 of Tee's family members get $25 Gift Cards. It's like a hug or a small band aid but it helps knowing others are thinking of you. We have discovered something on The Rockmore Trail; that many of the folks that we have interacted with over 10 years have become our new extended family. So much so, that when our personal family goes into crisis, our extended Rockmore family is there. This is the greatest unexpected gift of our entire journey and we say to you "
WE FEEL THE LOVE."
Shout outs to our Rockmore friends that came to Shirley's dental & housing rescue with their donations or purchases of a few of Shirley's remaining Rockmore including
Drew Bevolo, John Bartenstein & Brandon Foster, Andy Antippas of Barristers Gallery. We love all you guys.
Proceeds from the Sale of These works go
direct to Shirley Marvin. If you buy one of Shirley's works below, any of the less expensive ones you choose to buy will be
1/2 price. Personal delivery by the Marvins to your home in continental US will then occur within 1 month of payment. Send us an
email if you are interested - all offers considered - sales finalized by this Sunday Aug. 28th.
Tee (Theresa Abadie) & Rich Marvin have put together this GoFundMe dedicated to all of Our Abadie Family in Louisiana that has endured devastation in the Louisiana Flood of 2016. The Good News is that all are alive and safe including Rich's mom & sister. The Sad News is that many in Tee's family (shown in the 1989 top photo) have lost their lifetime homes & possessions. Our daughter Macy Molliere and our son Tory Abadie escaped major damage in their own homes so far and have become our helping connection to our entire extended family, many of whom have lost everything.
After AT&T went down last Saturday, the only way to communicate with our family has been by FaceBook. We watched them "live" doing the sandbags, preparing and packing, trying to take care of loved ones and animals, pictures and heirlooms and fighting to survive. Tee's family has a closeness that comes from growing up in Ascension Parish and being a part of it for generations. The Abadie Family was able to get all of our people to safety as the waters rose and it became evident that over 100,000 people were going to lose their homes.
We experienced the panic and horror "live" with each call that came in and said, "We lost everything but we are OK, we are going to this persons house for now." Our son Tory & Candy and their 4 kids had just finished 5 months housing Candy's parents, Tom & Lois, who had already lost everything in another flood 5 months ago. Tom & Lois were completely moved in Thursday night for their first night in their rebuilt home with new appliances, furniture, clothes, etc. The next day after 30 inches of rain, the waters rushed in and they evacuated to Tory's. The very next day after that, they started rebuilding all over again with Tory leading the charge and not flinching. We are so proud of Tory & Candy and inspired by Lois & Tom - below with Tom & Lois's House.
It was equally hard for Macy & husband Bodie Molliere in Ascension Parish at ground zero. With help from Macy's Facebook network, they not only monitored Tee's family but also Bodie's family as they were in the midst of losing home after home, everything. Think about that, you have lost everything you own, you are in a shelter or someone else's house and you are trying to make a life plan. Bodie & Macy, we are so proud of you and how you have stepped up and taken care of our family, you are awesome!
Tee's brother Kenny & wife Stephanie, have worked every single day of their lives in a plant and a bank to build a beautiful home to raise their 3 kids. We watched each expansion as they built this dream home for retiring soon. It's all gone, it became the poster home for the news in flood devastation. Over and over again we all have to see this image in what feels like a recurring kick to the gut. Kenny & Stephanie will NEVER ask for help in any way from anyone, all of Tee's family is like that. They are the helpers and givers, "Ya'll help someone else who needs it more, is what they all will say." This time we will ignore them.
Many of our nieces & nephews, who worked their tails off, building their first homes and raising their kids, lost everything as we watched it live. Brooke & Austin, Dustie & Shawn, Casey, Jada & Glen with their son Merce (the rising family Superstar of Dance) and the list goes on. Bodie's sister Cherice & husband Jeremiah have blended their families with a total of 6 kids, and at least 9 animals at home. We have watched them move many times, each time "moving on up" with hard work and dedication. They spent all Friday & Saturday rescuing people and then the water rose and it was their turn to leave by boat with just their kids and not even the pets. Imagine that, arriving by boat on high ground with 6 kids, no resources, no place to go and your cherished family pets at home with the water rising. They live paycheck to paycheck as 90% of the population does, they can not handle a $1000 setback, now imagine this. They caught a boat ride back to save the pets the next day and they have moved 4 times in the last 4 days with pets & kids. THEY ALL NEED YOUR HELP!
This Go Fund Me will send Gift Cards (Walmart, Home Depot), clothes, supplies and money to all of Tee's impacted family even though they would NEVER ever ask for it! Tory & Macy will let us of know of everyone's needs and we will do the best that we can with whatever we raise. Sometimes, just knowing other people care about your situation with even the smallest Gift can help restore your soul! Please donate anything no matter how small and we will share what it goes for and who gets help as it happens. It's not the size of the donation; it's the fact that you did it. We will keep you posted!
Thank you for being a big part of our family and Louisiana's recovery!
Love Rich & Tee Marvin on behalf of Our Abadie family
The pictures below are not family and were Facebook saves - apologies to all of the folks that took them. They are great picts!
Rockmore Shows Update!
Our sponsorship opportunities are listed below and include
DOUBLE TICKETS as listed (
until we announce that first show date -
then tickets are $100 each),
a work of art, our Show catalog and books.
The VIP Tickets will include at least 3 scheduled party events with food, drinks & music, gifts, a lecture event, a private walk through and running around with the group for a whole weekend as we have done at all our other shows. If you are interested in our
VIP Levels and want to see the
Art Rewards that are currently available not on this eBay just send us an
Special Thanks to the
Following who became New or Upgraded Sponsors.
John Bartenstein & Brandon Foster, JoAnn Clevenger & The Upperline Rest.,
Ralph & Nita Howard
, Yvonne Murray, Michael Sharon, Jesse Van Atta, Ellen & Bruce Cameron
You and/or your Company Name on All Marketing Materials, Promos & Ads
Our Personal Concierge Service in helping you make your reservations, plan your stay & events, invites to all our dinners & planning meetings, introductions at all events and transportation to and from events once you are in the area.
A SIGNED Rockmore valued at $5000 to keep or Sell at Show for 10X & all below.
12 VIP Tickets to Both Shows (24 Total Tickets), Includes Invites to Pre-Party and Post Party Special Events, Free drinks, Hors Doerves & Gifts during Both 3 Day Opening Weekends & all books below.
VIP Platinum Sponsor - $1000+ = Ralph & Nita Howard, JoAnn Clevenger & The Upperline Rest., Yvonne Murray, Jerry and Susan Schurmeier, Adrian Brown
You and/or your Company Name on Selected Marketing Materials
A SIGNED Rockmore valued at $1000 & all below.
6 VIP Tickets to Both Shows (12 Total Tickets), Includes Invites to Pre-Party and Post Party Special Events, Free drinks, Hors Doerves & Gifts during Both 3 Day Opening Weekends & all books below
VIP Gold Sponsor - $500-$999 = Strefan Fauble, Ellen & Bruce Cameron
A SIGNED Rockmore valued at $500 & all below.
4 VIP Tickets to Both Shows (8 Total Tickets), Includes Invites to Pre-Party and Post Party Special Events, Free drinks, Hors Doerves & Gifts during Both 3 Day Opening Weekends & all books below.
VIP Silver Sponsor - $250-$499 = Jesse Van Atta, Allen & Martha Anderson,
Eugene & Patricia Dietz, Michael Sharon
One SIGNED Rockmore valued at $250 & all below.
2 VIP Tickets to Both Shows (4 Total Tickets), Includes Invites to Pre-Party and Post Party Special Events, Free drinks, Hors Doerves & Gifts during Both 3 Day Opening Weekends & all books below.
Bronze Sponsor -
$100-$249 Donation = Elisabeth Martins, John & Doris Babcock, Sylvia Otto, Tim Kingsmill , Carl & Jill Kickham, Ashley Treat, David W. Streets
One SIGNED Rockmore & all below.
2 Total Tickets to ONE Show & all books below.
Copper Sponsor $25-$99 Donatio
n = Emen Levy, Byron Casey
Joseph Haeick, Aaron Haynes, Peggy Scott Laborde,
Herschel Alan Weisfeld & Gary Gardner, Ze Daluz
$50 Donation gets you the future 2016 Show Catalog & our 3 Current books now (Noel Rockmore & Shirley Marvin: Our Journey to the Discovery of Rockmore , The Lake Charles Museum Show Catalog & The LaGrange Art Museum Catalog).
$25 Donation and up secures you a Catalog for the 2016 Rockmore NYC & DC Show in the future and your name in the Credits.
Check made out to GEFQ, 1624 S. Sandra Ave., Gonzales, LA, 70737 and we will notify you & mail out your reward immediately or just email us.
Email if you have questions or wish to be emailed images of the
other Art Rewards available.