Benny’s Better Angel Brigade!

Kickstarter Closing Shot

When I wrote this story, I wasn’t thinking. At all. I was in the middle of feeling crushed, overwhelmed, and lost. But the community that has come together around Benny and his story has been nothing short of inspiring.

I launched the Kickstarter to fund the first edition of an illustrated, printed storybook on April 28th, 2016 at 9:30am, exactly three months to the hour after Benny’s body left us. It reached the minimum funding goal of $15,000 in just over 13 hours.

Here, I want to specifically acknowledge Spike Gillespie, author and awesome person extraordinaire, for helping me get to the starting line. Without her calming presence and good advice, I couldn’t have organized the campaign anywhere near as well as I was able to.

 

And now that the campaign has closed, I want to recognize all of you, the people who came together to back the project. I could never have seen this coming, and I am indescribably grateful.

So without further ado, here is Benny’s Better Angels Brigade, in alphabetical order!

The Genuine Jays:

Caroline Bellamy
Eric and Maria Groten (and the whole family)
Hope Ruppanner
Jay Smith
Karen Schneider
Kim Krizek
Kris Woods
Linda Tonn

Thank you:

Abigail Wolff
Adi K Khalsa
Adrian Teti
Adriana
Adriana Catalano
Adrienne Michaelis
Alana Martz
Aleta Moore
Alexis G.
Alicia Colwell
Alicia Selman
Allison Edwards
Allison Lattman
Alyssa
Alyssa Arzate
Amanda Debenham
Amy Scott
Amy Woos
Andre Marie Ferraro
Andrea Gianchiglia
Andrea Ray
Angel Noennig
Anisette
Anita Norcutt
Ann
Ann Labuda
Ann Marie Flutka
Anna Hamel
Anna Rowe
ANNE LENNON
Annemarie Homan
Annette
Annette Gelok
annie bert
Ariel
Ashley Marie
Ashley McCue
Athena Sturgeon
Ava Bergeron
Avril Birnie
Barbara Burke
Barbara Cope
Barbara Speros
Barbara Viniegra
Bari Fladmark-Hunt
Becca Jordan
Beth Gebo
Beth Highley
Beth Hopping
Beth Malone
Beth Warren
Bill Nelson
Blake Kenyon
Blake Naleid
Bob Sipper
Bobbi Glenn
Bonney Bielen
Brandy Hughes
Brenda Harrell
Brenna Gantt
Brooke Pickrell
Brooke Steele
Call Sign Charlie
Candy White
Cara Henderson
Carla Rodriguez
Carleigh Chapman
Carol Meltzer Klein
Carol Young
Carol Yurick
Caroline (ElsieandHarry McFossil)
Caroline aka ElsieandHarry
Carrie Watson
Caryn zimmerman
Cassi Bussick
Cat Lutter
Cate Bernhardt
Catherine Zamora
Celeste Gebler
cheryl foster
Cheryl Manon
Chris Palanes
Chris Schulman
chris white
chrissy
Christina Reece
Christine Glasow
Christine Hamilton
Christine Mabry
Christine Milliner
Christopher Davis
Cindy Chavez
Cindy fernandes
Cindy Fisher
Cindy Groves
Cindy McWhirter
Cindy Mozingo
Cole Sherratt
Connie Powers
Constance Harrison
Consulate Regal
Courtney Leigh
Craig Butler
Craig Campbell
Cristie Lariviere
Cybil Rose-Marie Martin-Dennehy
cynthia andrews
Damon Malagarie
Danelle Ericson
Daniela Ward
danielle jubanyik
Dave & Lucy Peyton
Dave Madden
David Burger
David Troxell
David Vinton
Dawn Blair
Dawn McCleskey
Dawn Robinson
Dawn Sulaica
Dawn Towns
Dawn White
De Lousignont
Deana Phillips
Deanna Olivarez
Deb Garza
deb milford
Deb Miller
Debbie Becker
Debbie Goodenough
Debi arnold
Deborah Banton
Deborah Beall
Deborah Drozdal
Deborah Withers
Debra Baszczuk
Debra Dasenbrock
Debra McCulloch
Debra Smith
Deena Russo Perillo
Derick Dallas
Desiree Pointer Mace
Diana Ramon
Diane
Diane M Jones
Diane Mayoss
Diane Morris
Dianne Goetz
Dolores Ponce
don rockey
Donna
Donna Garing
Donna Pointer
Donna Zimmerman
Dorothy Jo-Ann Munderloh
Duane Tapken
dylan fouste
E Cockram
Elisabeth Regina Widman
Elizabeth Meyer
Elizabeth Moon
Elizabeth Pickerel
Elizabeth Weinberg
Ellen Power
Emily Ann Meyer
Eric Groten
Erin Case
erin houser
Erin Nyberg
Erin Ushijima
Erna de Boer
Everett Alvarez
Francoise
Frank & Judy Oberle
frank prusha
Fred Schmidt
Gail Garland
Gayle Sheridan
Geoffrey Ryder
Gina briggs
GINGER LEE PIERCE
Ginny Volpi
Greg Haskett
Gretchen & Darron Blackburn
Gunver Larsen
Gustavo Adolfo González Alfaya
GZ Zheng
Hannah D’Arcy
Hazel Miller
HD Nguyen
Heather
Heather Khan
Heather Richmond
Helena Mason
Helene Bodenmann
Holly Hennen Hood
Holly Klein
Holly Koelbl
Hope Ruppanner
Howard Baugues
Iñaki Milton
JACKIE DUNN
Jacob Detamroe
Jamie Gillispie
Jamie L. Brewer
Jamie Lundgren
Jana Demetral
Jane
Jane Humphrey
Jane McKinney
Jane Reece
Janelle Buchanan
Janet plentl
Janet Sowle
Jared Perreault
Jason Kruse
Jason Zacharias
Jay Smith
Jayne Martin
jean navarra
Jean Synodinos
Jeanette Tibbits
jeanne yamonaco
JEN BAUER
Jen Elder
Jen Wilcox
Jenn Digby
Jennifer German
Jennifer Gross
Jennifer Klatt
Jennifer Krueger
Jennifer Mazur-McCombs
Jennifer Remmes
Jennifer smith
jennifer wood
Jeri Unselt
Jess
Jesse
Jessica hanemann
Jessica Harder
Jessica Hayden
Jillian Irish
Jimmy George
Jo Gymer
Joan Taylor
Joan Wheeler
Joanna Foy
Joanna Hackney
Joanna schwartz
Joanne Mitchell
Jodi Olney
Jodi Sprenkle
Jody Bogue
Jody Lee
Joe Falco III
Joe Meyer
JoEllyn Potter
John Carver
Jon O’Brien
Jonathan Anderson
Joseph Trent
josephine anderson
Joyce Bernardo Uhlmer
Judith Lobato
Judy Eisner Witt
Julie Anne Garlit
Julie Farrow Retersdorf
Julie Nolen
Julie Patterson
kaiya ejims
Kara klingensmith
Karen (Ramskow) Marion
Karen A. Roberson
Karen Garcia
Karen Haney
Karen M. Babcock
Karen Neal
Karen Petroll
Karen Schneider
karole kopecky
Kate Shelley
Katherine Boyce
Kathie Griffin
Kathleen Brown
Kathleen Tanis
KATHLEEN THELIAN
Kathryn Defee
Kathy Akiyama
Kathy Bucci
Kathy Canby
Kathy Hoaglin
kathy parson
Kathy Smith
Kati Griffin Hill
Katie Isbell
Keli Tiffany
Kelle johnson
Kelli Dailey
Kellie Goldstein
Kelly Petermann
Kelly Ryan
Kelly Smith
Kelly Smith
Kenneth Malone
Kennetha Seawright
Kenny Pipes
Kerstin
Kevin Wolfshohl
Kim Dworak
Kim Krizek
Kim Manthey
Kimberley K Iden
kimberly
Kimberly Shalan
Kimmie Harrison
Kit Holmes
Klenton Willis
Kris Woods
Kristen pokky
Kurt Godfrey
Kurt Trzeciak
Lanna Johnson
Lara Gowder
Larynn Meyers
Laura Coffey
Laura DeSimone
Laura Middlesworth
Laura Scarborough
Laura Smith
Laurel Dziadulewicz
Laurie
Laurie Conard
Laurie Mickey Sullivan
Laurie White
lee konigsbauer
Leeanne Hoffman
Lennis Sewell
Leslee VanWinkle
Leslie Harrison
Leslie Pritchard
Lila McCall
Lin Grado
Linda Storrer
Linda Tonn
Linda Toth
Linda Wolter
Lisa Colcord
Lisa Dare
Lisa DeMayo
Lisa Edison Carroll Barnett
Lisa Farrell Martens
Lisa Green
Lisa Kay Pfannnenstiel
Lisa McCarthy
Lisa Ostergren
Lisa Scudieri
Lisa stark
Lisa von Burkleo
Liz williams
Lorena Contreras
Lori
Luis Cuello
Lynn Aitken
Lynn Davis
Lynne Masters-Lee
Lysa Hoffman
Maggie Swinney
Mai Obnamia
Mandi LeBlanc
Marcia Bailey
Margaret A Gifford
Margaret Maynard
Margi Pomeroy
Maria Barrios
Marianne
Marianne Yates
Marie Walker
Marilyn McCulloch
Marilyn Voss
Mark and Martha Evert
Mark Niederhauser
Mark Weiss
Mark Westphal
Marnie Best
Mary Katherine Flanagan
Mary Alice
Mary Ann Koder
Mary Barfield
Mary Hart
Mary Johnston
Mary L Verdin
Mary Laake
Mary Sarah Bergh
Mary Stanford
MaryAnn Saldana
Matt Wydra
Matthew Girard
Meagan Canali
Meera Beser
Megan Taras
Meghan McKernon
Melany Suzanne
Melinda Mendoza
Melinda Thomas
Melisa Bajrami
Melissa
Melissa Mancini
Meredith Harding
Michaela Williams
Michelle Bolton Kermeen
Michelle Eddy
Michelle Korabek
Michelle monaghan
Michelle Stein Mundt
Mike Guice
Mike Ladyman
Miriam mayberry
Missy Kuhn Mumfrey
Misty Dodero
Misty Witten
Miyeko Homma
montana pineyro
Monét Lewis
Morgan Koebbe
Mrs Kimberly Berube
Mykle McKee
Nancy Carley
Nancy Ellis
Nancy Harter
Nancy Owens Cisar
Nanna Bella
Natalie Scott
nicki marnich
Nicole Warr
Nicole Zinn
Nisha Shah
pam
Pam Rouse
Pam taber
Pamela Nichols Wilson
Patricia Ferman
Patricia Greene
Patti
Patti Hokama
Patti Mitchell
Patty Burns-Hinrichs
Patty Kehne
Patty Ogasawara
Paul Russell
Paula Pierce
Payton Davenport
Pedro Diaz-Schodts
Penny Richards
Priscilla Pointer
Pualani Corr
Rachel Barters
Rachel Tong
Randy Harris
Randyn Schmidt
Rebecca Guzman
Rebecca R
Rechelle Parent
Rene Foust
Renee Lehman
Rhoda Rhoades
Rich Upton
Richard M. Lovdahl
Rie Desta
Rob
Rob Cooperman
Robbi Montgomery
Robert
robert duke
Robert Fulks
Robert Watson
Roberta Johnson
Robin Brandon
ron selfe
Rosemarie dufault
Rosemary Gordon
Rosheen Rayburn
Roxanne Wolf
Ruth Bardeen
Sadie Young
Sally Hood
Samantha G Lindsey
Samantha Rankins
Samuel Rice
Sandra
Sandra Dunlap
Sandra Lang
Sandy Wandy Woo
Sara
Sarah Clark
Sarah Kern Grant
Sarah McCleskey
Sarah McGovern
Sarah-Mae Schuette
Scott
Scott Swanson
Shana Robinson
Shannon Luhrs
Shari Boyd
Sharon Cromer
Sharon DePaola
Shawn Madden
Sherry Zendel
Shirley Maddern
Shona McTaggart
Sirena Rene Luna
Skip Walker
Stacey olivier
Starr Lockwood
Stasia Gaffney
Stephanie
Stephanie
Stephen Kinney
Stephen Salas
Stephenie Kleckner
Stephie Vargas
Steve gerson
Stevie Bear
Stuart
Sue Heumann
Susan Bank
Susan Blythe
Susan Bollinger
Susan Mahaley
Susan Mason
Susan Metzler
Susan Paskiewicz Taylor
suzanne hall
Suzanne Spinelli
Tabitha Smith
Tamara Vullo
Tammy Collier
Tamy Vermande
Tanja Davidson
Tannis Emann
Tara Papenhausen
Tasha Essen
Teresa Poole
Teresa Ritzhaupt
Terry Ferguson
Tessa Carrington
Tiffany Ohlfs
Tina
Tina Chaney
Tina Knight
Tom Young
Tom Zapf
Tony Becker
Tonya Gallant
Tracy Linehan
Tracy Raven Tull
Tracy Toay
Tricia Cutrer
Ulrike Silkey
Ursula H
Vanessa Revelli
Veronica linn
Vicki J Tegland
Vicki McKain
Victoria Hood
virginia babcock
Virginia Thompson
Warren G. Hanes
Wendi Macey
Wendi Wendt
Wendi White
Wendy Bedder
Wendy freeland
Wild About Music – Austin Texas
Wouter Buit
Wow Youza
Yvonne Sunderland
Yvonne Tackoor
Zachary Brady