Concrete Play Day Medical Benefit in Seattle Raises Money and Spirits

Group gathers at the event to raise money for cancer treatments.

These are images from the Seattle Concrete Play Day on June 24-25, at Modern Concrete Design in Seattle. A regular event hosted around the country by consultant and trainer Tommy T. Cook, “The Traveling Concrete Gnome,” this particular play day was a benefit to help cover the medical expenses of concrete master Marco Lucioni, who has cancer.

About 30 people attended the Play day on June 25 to craft concrete pieces. That number swelled to more than 50 for the auction itself, which happened that evening.

Here is an account from the Gnome himself, Tommy Cook, along with some result totals: “On Friday and Saturday, 14 of the Northwest’s premier concrete artisans and many other friends came together with Marco and made some beautiful concrete art that was auctioned off, along with over $15,000 worth of donated items. Together, we raised over $10,000 for Marco and his financial needs. In all, there were more than 70 donors of auction items and the event was a huge success! Many thanks to Mike O’Connor of Rockwater Arts, Jerry Sanders Sr. of Native Stone, Mitch Moore of Modern Concrete, Janice Taylor-Lucioni and Steve Silberman of Absolute ConcreteWorks for all their hard work in making this a very special day for Marco.”

Casting concrete pieces with a group looking on.

Putting the detail work into these concrete pieces.

Group of artisans gather to support one of their own and built concrete things.

Chris Karlik chats with the crowd.

Tommy Cook works with friend on concrete sink.

Casting in a concrete form.

Staining a concrete leaf.

Tommy Cook sprays concrete into a mold.

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