Fundraiser set for Henry Cooper

June 28, 2012 

Former Cambria resident Henry Cooper could use help with medical expenses and some of his old friends here are hosting fundraisers to help him out.

A builder by trade, the Honorary Mayor of Cambria in 1982, is a “personality extraordinaire,” said Pat Riley, a Cambria artist. On one memorable Pinedorado Parade float, Cooper rode on a ceremonial “throne”— a toilet.

Cooper now lives in Redway in Humboldt County.

Riley, who established Pat Riley’s Hand Painted Clothing business in Cambrian in 1985, is offering three of her one-of-a-kind creations in a raffle: A denim shirt (retail value $140), a sweatshirt ($82) and an apron ($42). Winners get to pick the size, and men’s or women’s style.

Raffle tickets are sold separately for the three items for $10, $5 and $2, respectively. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

Among other things, funds raised will help pay for gas so his wife, Kathy O’Brian, the original co-owner and founder of the Harmony Pasta Factory in Harmony, can visit him in the hospital.

Tickets will be available from noon to 4 p.m. the next two weekends, Saturday

and Sunday, June 30 and July 1, 7 and 8, in the garden at The Garden Shed, 2024 Main St.

For more information or tickets, call Riley at 550- 8066.

—Bert Etling

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