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New contributor Erick Korpi introduced his friend Phil Healy to Bob in late January and Phil was recruited as a new contributor to establish an Inkwell account there and to launch auctions in February, and to alternate with Bob on eBay auctions.
Ceremony participants included Bob Almond as Emcee/host, Tim Townsend as Presenter, Dan Panosian as Keynote Speaker, Ethan Van Sciver as auctioneer, Ms. Inkwell spokesmodel Kathy Tayler as Hostess, Erick Korpi as auction assistant, and volunteers Ryan Beaman and Chris Woodard. Erick Korpi was promoted from Contributor to core committee, retaining his art advisor and convention assistant duties but taking on one new role and returning to one former one. In order to better allocate funds to the Dave Simons Fund, something Bob had been brainstorming about for many months, his job would be to raise funds for that program independent of the primary fundraising and budget. Thankfully, with the help of Anna White (Saturday), Mike Kellar, Joe Goulart and Erick Korpi on location, donations were collected that weekend to make up for Bob's incapacitation. The Inkwell Team: (l-r) Jim Tournas, Alyn Bergstrom, Jay Pillarella, Bob Almond, Anna White, Darnel Staley, Erick Korpi and Mike Kellar The Inkwell Team: (l-r) Jim Tournas, Alyn Bergstrom, Jay Pillarella, Bob Almond, Anna White, Darnel Staley, Erick Korpi and Mike Kellar In January 2014 Bob also was able to send out invitations for the 4th Joe Sinnott Challenge with the assistance of Erick Korpi. Erick Korpi validated all of the NomCom ballot nominees and the internal Hall of Fame Nominations were held and decided upon. Bob sent Erick who presented the financial award to the fifth student recipient Aysegül Sinav. Erick Korpi, Ray Burke, Laura Beihl, Anna White, Mike Kellar Erick Korpi, Ray Burke, Laura Beihl, Anna White, Mike Kellar Bob, Mike Kellar and Erick Korpi attended from the committee along with Anna White in her third spokesmodel appearance and LauraBeihl in her debut one, the first time two spokesmodels were used for the same event! Erick tried recruiting his pal Veer Mehta for convention assistance for donation collecting as well as the database maintenance but that didn't work out as hoped. Joe Sinnott completed the two pencil drawings needed for the new Sinnott Inking Challenge and his program initially drew in 60 participating artists and Erick Korpi assisted Bob this year in tracking the project! Plans were being made for Bob to attend his first Kubert Scholarship Awards event at the school by traveling with Joe (Erick would return the following year). And Bob and Erick suffered a shocking blow when their friend and fellow inker Norman Leewould perish in a snorkeling accident while on vacation at the Cayman Islands. Spring: In late March/April the charity hit a major speed bump when Erick Korpi turned in his resignation from the core committee after two years of service due to outside, growing obligations to regional conventions. There was talk about his status remaining as either a senior contributor or volunteer so that he could still half with the Sinnott Challenge, assist at Heroes, remain art consultant, and Bob allowed him to resume his visit to the Kubert Scholarship Awards event at Kubert. Regrettably, none of this materialized and Erick left decisively within weeks. Besides Jane, Jim, Erick, and Stacey who were all either resigned or distracted/overwhelmed with other matters, Website Mistress Noel was now officially on sabbatical until after her wedding and honeymoon (but would eventually resign in June due to a busier schedule). Joe and Bob presented Joe, Erick and MikeK with silver inkwells.
Erick Korpi (1/11-7/13) Art Consultant/ Convention Assistant/ Previous Ms. Inkwell Model Liaison: New England (promoted to core committee)
Erick Korpi (1/11-present) Ms. Inkwell Model Liaison: New England
Much thanks for the initial effort in launching the program goes to former committee members Erick Korpi and Joseph Goulart.
Representing the Inkwell Awards, committee member Erick Korpi appeared at the Kubert School for their annual scholarship awards ceremony which took place on Friday May 2 to personally hand the 2014 Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Award of $1000 to this year's student recipient Aysegul Sinav.
Originally from Turkey, she is the fifth award recipient since the scholarship was created by the Inkwell Awards in 2010 following the passing of artist and committee member Dave Simons in 2009. Erick spoke briefly before presenting the financial award to Aysegul alongside instructors and VPs Adam and Andy Kubert. Aysegül Sinav with Erick Korpi.