High River Saddlemaker's Benefit
A benefit auction is being planned for a couple saddle makers living and working out of (the aptly named) High River, Alberta, where severe flooding has devastated the town. Both Steve Mason and Stan Groff have sustained severe damage and loss.
Most of Steve's tools are apparently OK, but his shop has been totally stripped and needs a couple months to dry out before they will even know if it is able to be saved. His basement was totally filled with water and mud and everything there is a total loss. It has been stripped down to bare walls. They are fighting against mold in the rest of the house. It is uninhabitable and will be that way for quite a while, if it is ever able to be lived in again.
Stan's home, from what I heard, may be OK, but his shop had 2-3 feet of water in it and almost all his inventory is destroyed. I assume he has the same problems there with fighting mold and seeing if the building is salvagable.
The auction will be on July 13th, 2013. They are looking for donations to auction as well as buyers for the items. Straight monetary donations are also very welcome. This is not being advertised openly on the internet, but if anyone is interested in helping out, please contact us and we will give you more information, including who to contact for donations.