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Swazzle Workshop Sale to Help Puppeteer Fight Cancer

Swazzle Workshop Sale to Help Puppeteer Fight Cancer

Swazzle is raising money to help puppeteer and puppet instructor Michael Earl fight colon cancer.

Michael Earl is a 30-year veteran of film and television. His puppeteering credits include Sesame Street, The Muppet Movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan and Team America World Police. He has trained many of today’s working television puppeteers, including Swazzle co-founders Sean and Patrick Johnson.  Michael recently founded Puppet School, where he is training the next generation of puppeteers and puppet builders.

Michael doesn’t have health insurance and all proceeds of the sale will go to him to help with medical and living expenses.

The event will be on Saturday, October 20th, from 8am to 4pm at Swazzle:

4525 San Fernando Rd. Unit F, Glendale CA, 90035

There is free street parking

We will be selling puppet building materials including fake fur, fabric, feathers and fleece, puppet costumes and props, and audio equipment such as speakers, microphones and amps. There will also be a silent auction where you can win a handcrafted puppet built by Sean Johnson.

A fundraising website has been set up for Michael with the goal of raising $100,000. Over $12,000 has been raised to date. Please click here if you’d like to donate now.

 

3 comments

  • Jeff Bragg says:

    I’d love to get in on the scrap sale you posted on FB this morning, if it’s still possible. I’d love to get a bag of antron scraps if you have any left. If you can send me a paypal invoice for $10-20 worth, that would be great! I’m in Virginia so a trip to California wouldn’t work out, but if we can do this cross-country, that would be wom=nderful.

  • Devora Reiss says:

    Dear to whom it may concern,
    I wish to donate $20.00 to help Michal Earl, he is a great inspiration and kind mentor to me.
    Thank you so much.
    Best wishes,
    Devora Reiss

  • [...] For those of you in California, Swazzle is hosting a fundraiser and sale at their studio in Glendale, California on Saturday. They will be selling puppet building materials like fake fur, fabric, feathers and fleece, puppet costumes and props, and audio equipment such as speakers, microphones and amps. There will also be a silent auction for a handcrafted Swazzle puppet and other great prizes like the chance to win a phone call from Walter from the Muppets! All of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Michael Earl Cancer Fund (for more information please visit Swazzle’s Facebook page or read this blog post). [...]


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