OTYO! Summer Events and Happenings for 2019

Upcoming Events:

August 17th, 2019, Dine at Mountain Mike’s Pizza, all day in San Rafael.            Location: 2100 4th Street, San Rafael. Great pizza! Mention OTYO! when you purchase a pizza at Mountain Mike’s in San Rafael on this day, and 20% gets donated to our projects! This is a Groupraise event.

September 28th, 2019, Art sale at Spressa Coffee, 10am to 4pm in San Francisco.    Location: 51 Cambon, San Francisco. All day Art Show and Sale of truly fine paintings and prints by celebrated African artists. The event will offer food, beverages, and entertainment. You can see some of the pieces here in our website’s gallery. We will be offering bargain prices, as items will be priced to sell and negotiable.

Meetings: The board met on June 2nd and June 15th to continue with ongoing project development, plan for upcoming events, maintain records, and discuss various logistical and structural developments. Next meeting is July 20th.

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Thank you to Connie Miranda, and Katie, Morgan, and Wren!

May, 2019

Thank you to Katie, Morgan, and Wren!

Cathy, Jolly, and everyone at OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief) wish to express a huge and heartfelt thank you to Katie, Morgan, and Wren Roach for creating, planning, and facilitating a special fundraising and information sharing event at the wonderful Verve Wine, recently in San Francisco. This was extremely thoughtful and generous. We appreciate it tremendously. And it was a great success! We are so grateful for the support and the exposure, and for the opportunity to expand our community. The time spent getting to know everyone was fun and productive. We sincerely enjoyed meeting everyone who attended the gathering. We respectfully thank you for your donations, as well. Another $400 was raised! Thank you so much everyone! (We also recognize contributors on our About OTYO! page).

Here is a link for Verve Wine if you are interested: https://www.vervewine.com/

Thank you, Connie Miranda!

All of us at OTYO! A Sigh of Relief wish to express our gratitude to Connie Miranda, for her wonderful photography and images, including the colorful “Calabash” photo that we use in our banner on Facebook, and within our website. Thank you, Connie, for being an important contributor to OTYO! We appreciate your great work! (We also recognize contributors on our About OTYO! page).



Greetings for 2019 from OTYO!

January 2019

Greetings to all from OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief).  We had a successful year in 2018, with meaningful fundraising gains putting us close to the $10,000 mark.  We brought in more than $2500 dollars during December with the help of our friends in social media, their birthday fundraisers, and individual donations!  In addition to our social media outreach, and other fundraising events, we have also joined Crowdrise.com for 2019 to help us with our campaigns.  You can help us break ground on the Canon Eric and Faith Bugari Community Centre by donating.  A donation of $50 is the equivalent of one square foot of the building. And help us launch our inaugural Sanitary Pad Project group with your donation, as well.

OTYO! is pleased to introduce Joe Tosaky as a Board Member, Website Design Manager, and overall online computer guru. Joe has been an important and generous contributor for OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief), providing critical technical support.


PS: You can donate through our website at www.otyo.org, Paypal, Facebook, and Crowdrise.com.

Learn more about OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief)

Researching potential crafts and industries is a big part of our work.  It’s just one of the ways we build close relationships with communities, and work to be responsive to their needs.  We have networked with many local people and agencies regarding possible and effective income generating projects that are already taking shape in the region.  Where can we source local materials?  What is the range of skill sets in the community?  Who is growing and having an impact?  How do others do it?  We learn more every day about what is needed to make these projects grow and endure.

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