As many of you know, I suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) a few years ago and have experienced an exceptional recovery. I was lucky. I gave a talk about my journey at the Curiosity Club a few weeks ago. It’s online now if you want to hear my story.
But that’s not what I am writing about today. I am writing about someone who was not so lucky. TC Smith of Portland’s ShowDrape was a longtime friend and supporter of the arts. He suffered a TBI at work and passed away December 30th, 2014.
If you’ve been to a public performance in Portland in the last several decades, chances are TC and his company were probably behind the scenes helping bring it to life.
PICA and many friends of TC have pulled together an event March 30th to honor TC’s life and his many acts of generosity, kindness, and everyday heroics. The event is also an opportunity to help offset the vast medical expenses incurred by TC’s family.
TC Smith Benefit Celebration
Performances and media by:
The Boris & Natasha Dancers: Brian Jennings, Bill Boese, Chris Rousseau, Jeff Forbes, Dora Gaskill, Summer Turpin, Dug Martell, and maybe more!
Pixie Dust Productions
Open mic for toasts and tributes, and more to come! Reception to follow.
Details from PICA
March 30, 2015
7 – 10 pm
Lincoln Performance Hall
Portland State University
1620 SW Park
Portland, OR 97201
I’d like to also say thank you to PICA for putting this event together. This is of course a great opportunity to celebrate TC’s life and his contributions to our community. But it is also an opportunity to simply celebrate the fabric of the community we are all part of.
If you find yourself standing in Lincoln Hall on March 30th, take a moment to stop and look around. Breathe in and marvel at how people and organizations can come together to support and care for one another. I could feel that very energy and love at an event that PICA put together to help me and my family during my recovery. It was a truly inspiring thing, one this I know I will never forget.
If you can’t make it to the event and want to help TC’s family directly, please visit their YouCaring page.