Let's Remember Willie -- and do it right!

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      The Community Rejuvenation Project is a DBA for HIgher Gliffs, a federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our EIN# is 36-4319738. Contributions are tax-deductible for income, gift and estate taxes.

      Donor Wall (31)

      Sam Guard

      Wonderful man! Wonderful family!

      Linda and George Stevenson

      To our beloved friend.

      Sandra Foster | $103.50

      Lisa Rademacher

      In honor of a community treasure who was a model for us all.

      Lynne Bergero

      Willie Pickens was a gift, a treasure. The mural and it's location are perfect - I'll never forget Willie and Irma's kindness, welcoming me (and my brothers) and other church members into their home for weekly Bible study and showing us by their spirit what true wisdom, grace, hospitality and community are all about.

      Dorothy | $103.50

      Aaron & Diane | $103.50

      Ginni Cook

      Willie & Irma, Beloved role models of love, faith and dedication, nurturing talent and souls.

      Jim & Eileen Holzhauer | $258.28

      Nika Levi-Setti | $51.90

      Pat and David Mosena | $500

      Thank you, Willie, from the Mosena family!

      Aaron Schwartz

      In memory of Willie Pickens, an amazing musician and an even more impressive person - The Schwartz Family

      Judy SooHoo | $103.50

      Proud to contribute to Willie Pickens' legacy - what a lovely tribute!

      Linda | $206.69

      Julie Oyler | $51.90

      I had the honor of knowing Willie Pickens for the past 13 years. His kind smile and dedication to teaching music were a blessing to our community.

      Beth Anne Huffine

      In honor of my parents, Gene and Genie Huffine, who were friends and fans of Willie.

      Sarah Shields

      May Willie's memory be a blessing to all.

      Missy & Rick Bacon | $26.11


      In honor of my freshman music teacher at Kenwood H.S. in 1967. #Bronco4Life and family.

      Judith Stein

      An addendum to my earlier comment under Judith: Special remembrances and thanks to the wonderful Irma Pickens, who provided the environment for Willie to make his beautiful music both in and outside of Hyde Park.

      Judith Stein

      John Murphy | $258.28

      This donation is made on behalf of myself and my children, John, Rebecca, and Kevin. Our kids thought of Irma and Willie as their aunt and uncle; they were family. It is fitting that the mural should be at Ray. It would be nice if Desi could find a way to include Irma in the mural as she was a fundamental part of Willie’s success and made important contributions to Ray and the HP community.

      Sarah Diwan

      Susan Alitto | $10.61

      Please add this modest donation to my earlier donation, which skipped ahead before I had a chance to add my comment, which is: I didn't know Willie well, but benefitted greatly from having him as a neighbor and from his music, friendliness and generosity. He is much missed! I am happy to contribute to his memorial to insure that others will know of his legacy!

      Anne Renna | $103.39

      I look forward to remembering the wonderful Willie Pickens every time I walk by this beautiful mural!

      Michal Safar | $258.03


      To Willie for making such beautiful music both in and out of Hyde Park.

      Gregg & Helen Zuman | $51.84

      Kathy & Roger Huff

      Marvin Hoffman | $51.84

      Happy to support the celebration of this legend whose work brings honor to our community.