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Al Simmons

$51,866 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 726 people in 7 months
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Created February 18, 2018
Heather Bishop
on behalf of Albert William Simmons
Our beloved Al Simmons, who has dedicated his life to bringing us joy, needs our help. His magic shop, where he disappears for hours and emerges with the most amazing inventions, burned to the ground with all his props and costumes inside. He went into the smoke and flames and rescued a precious few severely damaged treasures.  His props are irreplaceable and, of course, not recognized by his insurance company for their priceless value. We cannot replace those amazing works of art that he has brought us over the years but we can show our love by sending him the money he needs to rebuild and continue exercising his genius in bringing us new belly laughs. Let’s all be part of lifting this phoenix from the ash so he can fly again.

Thanks so very much.  Heather Bishop
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I have learned in my life that living in gratitude is the doorway to inviting joy into your life. This is a gratitude message to Al Simmons. He has brought us all so much joy I see him like Al Appleseed - leaving seeds of joy behind him wherever he goes that we then nurture and revisit time and again for yet another laugh. You cannot put a price on that. Nor can we put a price on the irreplaceable props Al lost. Our Al is a survivor - he is rising from the ashes and rebuilding props and booking shows - and my heart is filled with gratitude. To him for being in my life and to all of you for knowing all of this and supporting him to get back on his feet. If you have treasures that you think he could turn into an amazing prop, you can leave them at his sister's place in Winnipeg (or mail them). She is usually home or just leave them at the back or front door. 244 Arnold Avenue. Al will soon be back on a stage near you - planting his seeds of laughter......give him a hug for me. Heather
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We surpassed $50,000.00 last night - my personal goal for this campaign. I am leaving the site up for a few more days for those of you still wanting to help Al out. I want to add my thank yous to Al's. This has been such a great outpouring from you all......there were 696 donations for $50,196.00. The link was shared 2,200 times. Just shows the power of the people and the reach of the internet. But even more than the money we raised was the outpouring of love you all showed for our wonderful Al Simmons. And as you can see from the photo that I am among you.....
Al and I playing a festival together
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Dear Friends:
I have just read all of the wonderful comments on this GoFundMe page and I’m blown away by your generosity. You folks have lifted my spirits indeed. I must admit I am still occasionally so overwhelmed with the loss that I feel like giving up. My entire history of creations and memorabilia gone in a flash. My wife, Barb, has been the hidden energy behind me all these years. She helped me design and create all of my costumes. Not one of them survived. The good news is… I don’t have time to wallow in grief about what’s gone because I have a year of shows ahead of me.

The day after the fire Barb and I began the rebuild. After a few days I realized that we couldn’t possibly do it alone. That’s when my amazing friend Heather Bishop stepped in and set up this GoFundMe page. I’m telling you honestly, we could not have done it without all of you.

We are working on one prop and one costume at a time. Some of the more complex items will be made later on. There is no possible way that we can remake everything so some things will never be seen again. Fortunately I have found video footage so the destroyed gadgets can still elicit laughter on YouTube. Our progress has been slow and steady. As of this writing we have constructed about a dozen items. I went into the blazing building and saved Ol’ Spoke, my prized Horse-Cycle. It is spending a week at Servicemaster Disaster Restoration to repair smoke damage so I won’t have to change its name to Ol’ Smoke.

I have a year’s worth of shows lined up from Leaf Rapids, Ontario to Victoria, B.C. I invite you to come and see the “new-improved” Al Simmons. Yes, I am saddened thinking about all that I’ve lost but I’m inspired by your kindness. Thanks to your kind words of encouragement and financial support the show WILL go on.

Al Simmons ~ Entertainer
Al sends this message....
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Just so you know.....we reached the initial goal of $20K in 14 hours. Just as I expected - a few good people can do amazing things together in a short time......think what we can do with this world! I had started with a really low goal so as not to freak Al out. It took me a week as it was to get him to agree to let me do this. To put it into perspective - this amount will allow them to begin recreating props. His shop was an old railway car so you know that the insurance will be diddly squat. He needs a new shop and having just built a studio myself last summer I know what that costs. I am among many carpenters lined up to help - not to mention the fact that one of Al's sons is a genius carpenter as well. In truth I'd like to see this top $50K so we can build him a studio worthy of his genius.

So....thank you all again so very much. Heather
This was so sadly lost in the fire....
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Raised by 726 people in 7 months
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Created February 18, 2018
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