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Patty Duke Mental Health Project

Organized by: Sean Astin

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A thought...
June 13, 2016

Hello everyone, I posted this picture on FB today. In the wake of the shooting in Orlando, the uproar over the lack of comprehensive mental healthcare See More

THE STORY:

To each of you, all of you and the entire world :-)))

My mother's life touched tens of millions of people. Her ground-breaking portrayal of iconic American legend Helen Keller launched a career that would span six decades. First on broadway and then on the silver screen, Patty Duke's characterization of the extraordinary development of the blind/deaf child brought global attention to the plight of people living with those challenges.

This kind of illuminating and compassionate work became the sacred mission of her life. She became a voice for the voiceless and a reassuring presence for the scared, the intimidated and the lost. She was a healer of many souls and a champion for so many in need.

Anna (her given name) fought for civil rights, gay rights and the rights of working actors to name just a few. Her greatest achievement was confronting her mental illness and making her story public. She crossed the Nation speaking and campaigning and lobbying for mental health. My mom took her place as a mental health advocate in the greatest tradition of noble leadership.

Ultimately, her colossal energy and indomitable spirit charged her life and bolstered the sense of purpose and intention that defined her existence. Through countless and often agonizing struggles, she was a deeply committed and tireless WARRIOR.

Before her passing, before the suffering became too great, we talked about how the core mission of her mental health work might continue beyond her life. This initiative will fuel a multi-level approach to achieving results for those suffering with mental illness, and for their families and communities. Public awareness campaigns, lobbying efforts, and supporting a multitude of mental health programs big and small will be organized, prioritized and vigorously pursued.

The funds raised here will establish the Patty Duke Mental Health Initiative: the legal expenses, the formation of a board of directors, the establishing of a location, the hiring of an experienced executive director to manage professional fundraising, initial staffing and all of the costs associated with launching an endeavor of this sort.

Thank you for your love and support. On behalf of my mother, her husband, her children and grandchildren, her family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, supporters, partners and her adoring fans, I give a great big hug and much much love!!!

Yours, Sean Astin

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To This Fundraiser

$46,799

MONEY RAISED
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  • Pam Welter

    $100

  • Matt Cinquanta

    $100

  • Chris Watson

    $25

  • Jeannette Marchionna

    $50

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  • Barbara Hair

     

  • Chuck Bellack

    $50

  • Sam's Hope

    $25

  • Jen Pasdo Rowe

    $25

  • Barbara Roman & Chris Pellegrino

    $100

  • Barb Powell

    $25

  • Lori Wysong

    $25

  • Joe & Geanie Slifer

    $100

  • Troester Family

     

  • Laurie and Caroline Hart

    $25

  • Lori L.

    $15

  • Sheree Strawbridge

    $25

  • Register family

    $25

  • Joan Berka

    $25

  • Cathy Cherewick

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Holly

    $50

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  • Heather M Murdick

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Stephanie van Rijn

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Emily Skarbowski

    $10

  • Jim and Lee Vibber

    $25

  • norma

    $15

  • Karen Milstead

    $15

  • Kevin J.

    $100

  • Gabrielle Smith

    $100

  • Joe Rixman

    $25

  • Wendy OBrady

    $25

  • Robbie K?

    $10

  • Jim Witoszynski

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Katie Foster

    $25

  • Anna, Terrence, and Adrianna Shaughnessy

     

  • Anonymous from Boise

    $25

  • The LoChirco Family

    $25

  • Gabby

     

  • Christina Hernandez

    $50

  • Emma Abraham

    $25

  • Erlynn Dela Cruz

    $40

  • Marla Boye

    $10

  • Shayla Marshall

    $50

  • Stephanie Buchler

    $25

  • CL Lane

     

  • Jackie B

    $25

  • Michael Hrehor

    $25

  • Genie Fortier

    $25

  • Donna & Mike Hrehor

    $25

  • The Claya Children

    $400

  • Tara lebourveau

    $25

  • Jenn Cicio

    $25

  • Sue Grady

     

  • Julie Wilson

    $50

  • The Kapit family

    $25

  • Forever Fans of Anna "Patty" Duke

    $400

  • Shlomi Raziminski

    $50

  • DK Purcell

    $25

  • Michael Howard

    $10

  • Jodi Switalski

    $10

  • Ricky nihan

    $25

  • Noelle Cassidy

    $12.62

  • Teresa Lay

    $12.62

  • Spencer, Cecilia, & Daniel Presler

     

  • MICHAEL BALLARD

    $50

  • Linda Iroff

    $276

  • Beth

    $20

  • morsnell

    $100

  • Lynn Merklinger

    $36

  • Donna Bell

    $10

  • Michael Shayne

    $25

  • Shlomi Raziminski

    $10

  • Melanie Nelson

    $50

  • BARBARA AND STAN RUTNER

    $100

  • Karl and Lisa Hansen and Family

    $25

  • Gabrielle Smith

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Bill Nugent

    $25

  • Chuck Willett

    $75

  • Valerie Porter

    $100

  • barbara grandi

    $10

  • Hi There.

    $25

  • Kim Delker

     

  • Forever Fans of Anna "Patty" Duke

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Linda Iroff

    $129

  • D'Andrea Family

    $25

  • Michelle LiVigni

    $25

  • Bj Garnaus

    $100

  • Makoto Inoue

    $100

  • Tammy

    $50

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  • michelle Livigni

    $110

  • Lisa Sears

    $10

  • HELENE NEIMAN

    $25

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Organized by

Sean Astin

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $46,799 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Sean Astin

Amount Raised

$44,449

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Run3rd Team

Amount Raised

$630

 

63% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Jenna Thompson

Amount Raised

$525

 

53% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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D.j. Schaefer

Amount Raised

$500

 

3% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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Katie Claya

Amount Raised

$400

 

40% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Sue Grady

Amount Raised

$100

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Christina Hernandez

Amount Raised

$50

 

10% Raised of $500 Goal

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Michael Hrehor

Amount Raised

$50

 

5% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Donor Comments

HELENE NEIMAN

HELENE NEIMAN

DONATION: $25

I was especially sad at Patty's passing, as I had met her at the stage door of "Oklahoma" on Broadway, and she was so nice to me ! I recently had friends over for a Memorial Tribute to Patty...we watched 2 episodes of her TV Show, and 2 of her TV Movies including "Time To Triumph", then we made a Champagne Toast IN HER HONOR. I look forward to meeting you, Sean, on May 27th in Jamaica Queens, NY. 3 weeks ago

Lisa Sears

Lisa Sears

DONATION: $10

In memory of a brave and beautiful spirit... 2 months ago

michelle Livigni

michelle Livigni

DONATION: $110

2 months ago

Sarina M

Sarina M

3 months ago

Tammy

Tammy

DONATION: $50

Not only was your mother inspiring in myriad ways, all credit goes to you, Sean, for continuing her spirit by putting yourself out there for causes about which you feel strongly. I could only hope to have such a great influence on my own kids to think, be inspired and act. 6 months ago

Makoto Inoue

Makoto Inoue

DONATION: $100

Hello, Sean, please accept my donation in memory of my mother, Satoko, and your mother, Patty. My mother passed last September due to sepsis at the age of 74. Dealing with the sudden loss isn't easy. However, I am glad to learn that your mother was an advocate in several activities and the charity I can participate. Keep up great work! 7 months ago

Bj Garnaus

Bj Garnaus

DONATION: $100

"Thank you, Anna "Patty Duke" Pearce for your fearlessness, compassion, and love. The work you've done will live on just as you wished." Thank you Sean Astin for carrying this work of awareness forward and making your mom's wish come true. 7 months ago

Michelle LiVigni

Michelle LiVigni

DONATION: $25

9 months ago

D'Andrea Family

D'Andrea Family

DONATION: $25

We are so blessed to have shared in the life of Uncle Annie through our dear friends, the Kennedys. 9 months ago

Linda Iroff

Linda Iroff

DONATION: $129

#Run3rd for Anna 9 months ago

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