We have been blessed with the counsel, support and generosity of the following people and organizations.  There are also several people who gave of their time, wisdom, and expertise who prefer not to be thanked publicly and we are so grateful for their help as well.

We  appreciate your talents and input, and so do the elephants!  Thank you, from Mikelle Design.

 Volunteer Lawyers of the Arts

Special thanks to Ben Brandow at Volunteer Lawyers of the Arts (VLA).  We are so grateful for your help and could not have done this project without your guidance and VLA’s support.

VLA:  Since 1969, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts has been the leading provider of educational and legal services, advocacy and mediation to the arts community. As the first arts-related legal aid organization, VLA is the model for similar organizations around the world.

VLA is supported in part with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and through generous gifts from law firms, corporations, foundations and individuals.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
1 East 53rd St, 6th floor, New York, NY 10022
tel: 212·319·ARTS (2787)                                                                                          

Wendie Wendt-Board Director of Big Life, USA

Thank you Wendie, for our numerous conversations, for helping shape our contest, and for your expertise on non-profit organizations.  Your support, generosity of spirit, and time and your suggestions have been a huge part of the development of our project.  We are deeply grateful.

Wendie is general counsel for three companies in Washington State. She is a former board member of PAWS and the former Vice-President & Director of Fundraising for US Friends of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. After graduating from law school, Wendie received her LL.M in taxation and routinely advises nonprofits. She resides in Seattle, Washington, and can be reached at

J Bear Austin- Special thanks to Bear for setting up our youtube channel, creating our first video for the project and for his ongoing help in getting the word out. We are very lucky to be graced by his amazing talent, humor, and generosity.

We’d also like to thank Michelle Gambino for her enthusiasm and wonderfully giving nature.  We are blessed by her marketing help, youtube skills, and all her positive energy and encouragement.