"The Ghost in the Gallery"


Checkered Raven Art Gallery
Peoria, IL

It was all treats without any tricks at the Sunday, October 27th Fundraiser, "A Ghost in the Gallery," put on by renowned artist and area jazz great Preston Jackson, along with a bit of help from his friends: Joy Kessler, Joan Snyder, and Holly Angus. The event was great fun by anyone's standard and raised over $2,000.00 for Parkinson’s disease research.

The mood was set as party-goers got out of the elevator on the 2nd floor to be met by a giant, inflatable, purple 8 foot witch. The food was enough to tempt even the most die-hard dieter, which included creepy, gelatin hands. Music was provided by a variety of artists: Preston Jackson, Steve Degenford, Bob "the Whale" Miller, Jerry "Muttonhead" Erickson, bassists "Big" John Miller, Doug Block, and Bill Sutton, horns David Parkinson and Steve Thomas, percussionists Bill Duncan, CJ Thomas and Dan Diefenforf and vocalist Beverly Barnes. They played a vast range of standards and classics. Gina Morss, from channel 25-WEEK-TV, passed out door prizes to the winners with the help of Allison Snyder and Genna Hawkins. A Silent Auction followed with items such as a mink teddy bear and an autographed script from the "Frasier" TV show.

For more information, call The Parkinson Alliance at 1-800-579-8440

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