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Fairport-E.Rochester Post
  • Gateway to Healing event benefits burn survivors — like sculptor Albert Paley

  • The second annual fundraiser for the Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association is this Saturday, May 12. Tickets are available now.

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  • Renowned sculptor Albert Paley, who lives and works in Rochester, knows too well the pain and suffering of surviving a traumatic burn.
    Thirty feet in the air, Paley was cutting a piece of metal with a blow torch July 26, 2002, when a gas line burst, engulfing him in flames. He was rushed to Strong Hospital with third degree burns over 30 percent of his body.
    “I came close to dying and was put on life support,” Paley recalled. “After a month in the Burn Unit and two operations for skin grafts, I came home to begin the arduous process of physical therapy accompanied by several other minor surgeries. It was a long road to healing ... The experience was humbling and the journey life changing.”
    The experience also made Albert and his wife, Frances, realize the importance of helping burn survivors and families who have endured the painful physical and psychological suffering of burn injury treatment. That's why they're involved with this weekend's second annual Gateway to Healing Art Showcase and Auction to benefit the Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association.
    Founded in 1987, and celebrating more than 24 years of service to the community, the Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association is a nonprofit agency dedicated to reducing burn injuries and deaths in the region.
    Donations and corporate sponsorships enable the association to fund burn research and treatment, educate thousands of children and adults each year about fire and burn prevention, provide support services for young adult and adult burn survivors, and more.
    Three event highlights
    1
    All proceeds from Saturday’s second annual Gateway to Healing Art Showcase and Auction, presented by American metal sculpture artist and burn survivor Albert Paley, will benefit the Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association’s programs and services, including its annual Children’s Burn Camp.
    2
    The event, including silent and live auctions, will feature artwork by Albert and Frances Paley as well as by many other regional artists. The auction will also include jewelry, special weekend getaway packages, baskets of wines, and other donated gift items. Prior to the main event, the Paleys will also be hosting a VIP reception for sponsors and other special guests.
    3
    Jazz artist Dave Mancini, former drummer for Doc Severinsen, Maynard Ferguson and Chuck Mangione, will perform with his trio.

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