Thursday, October 23, 2008

I'm in a Calendar! No, not that kind...

Before I became a full-time artist again in July, I worked at Dolphin Scholarship Foundation, an incredible independent nonprofit organization that provides undergraduate scholarships to children and stepchildren of U.S. Navy submariners and Navy members who've served in a submarine support capacity.

It was a meaningful job, not least because my husband is a submariner, and I am very proud of him and what he does, and hold deep admiration for the sailors who serve our country from deep beneath the sea, often with very little or no contact with the world above.

DSF gives back to this community, in the form of 137 scholarships each year (each Dolphin Scholar will receive $3,400 for the 2008-2009 school year). If you know someone who might qualify for a scholarship, please have them take a look at the eligibility requirements.

The Foundation held a novel fundraiser this year, a virtual submarine race to the North Pole, in which each dollar donated in the name of a submarine counted as one nautical mile for that boat. This "Race to the North Pole" commemorated the 50th anniversary of the first crossing of the North Pole, not just by a submarine but by any ship, on August 3, 1958 by the USS NAUTILUS (SSN 571), which you can explore here, and which was first to the North Pole again, although with some heavy competition this time around...

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to commemorate the "Race" with a contribution to another DSF fundraiser and longtime tradition, the annual cartoon calendar.

If you are interested in supporting the submarine community by purchasing a calendar of your own, they are available now, for $8.50 each, plus shipping (and sales tax for VA residents). You can find the contact information here.

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