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I lived and worked near Bastrop, Texas in the Lost Pines area for ten years. On September 4th, 2011 the worst fire in Texas’ history destroyed my studio and home along with 1700 other homes in an area the size of Rhode Island.

The day the fire started we had only five minutes to escape. The wind was high that day and the flames reached 400 feet into the sky. We ran for our lives.

Losing everything is the worst feeling anyone could ever have. A friend with Bastrop Fine Arts Guild emailed me a link to CERF+. However, I thought it was another fraudulent set-up. There was a lot of “rainbow chasing” after the fire.

At first, I was surly toward the staff, but I soon understood what CERF+ really is; and I will always be grateful for their help. Thank you all.