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Photographer donates print to raffle

Photographer donates print to raffle

Aug 5, 2013 - By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer

The funds will go to support the family of Kara Paxton, who died July 17 after a three-year fight with brain cancer.

Riverton photographer Karmen Allen says the idea of donating her work to support a family came while singing hymns at her church.

"I was looking at the screen that we have for the words for music, and the background reminded me of the piece and inspired me to do the donation," she said.

Her photograph -- which is printed on aluminum and stands about 1 foot high and 3 feet wide -- is a panoramic shot taken at the Sweetwater Gap on the west side of the Wind River Mountains.

The piece will be raffled to support the family of Kara Paxton, 38, who died July 17 after a three-year fight with brain cancer.

The photograph was presented to Paxton and her husband, Curt, on July 12 and will be on display in the Riverton Country Club Pro Shop until the day of the raffle. Paxton's sons will draw and call the winner Friday, Kara Paxton's birthday.

"Two years ago my husband passed away," Allen said. "People came from all over the community to help us out and do what they could to support us and that was amazing. I wanted to make sure at that point that I was able to pay it forward in the future and give to someone else that might need it."

Allen said she did not know the Paxtons personally but heard about the family through a meal train being conducted by her church

"Often times it's a pretty neat thing to see how people in Riverton help each other," said event organizer Michelle Johnson. "We've raised over $1,000 already just in a few days."

Raffle tickets can be purchased for $10 each at Riverton Country Club Pro Shop or with a credit card by phone at 856-4779 until 3 p.m. Friday.

Allen recently went back to school and graduated with a degree in graphic design and photography. Her company, Wind River Photography, is based in Riverton.

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