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WE DID IT!!! Okey’s Promise has passed the fund raising goal!!!

Dear Okey’s Promise Keepers:

Thanks to you, the first Okey’s Promise mural in Canton, OH will become a reality! We passed the goal this morning with 3 days to spare!

I cannot tell you how grateful I am to each and every person who pledged to the cause. Whatever the size of your pledge, you are each very special to me, as you have helped to make this crazy dream of mine come to fruition.

I started this project with the idea that I, artist BZTAT, wanted to paint a meaningful mural that somehow made a difference about a serious issue. Somewhere along the line, though, it became something different than that. As the number of backers grew, I began to realize that this is not just an artwork, it is a movement and a cause. I am just the artist. YOU are the passion and life of the project.

I will make a promise to you, and to my little Okey, to meet your passion and enthusiasm with as much creative fervor as I can. I promise to make this project worthy of your investment. I also promise to do everything I can to use the artwork as a catalyst for dialog and change in addressing pet abuse, child abuse and domestic violence. My hope is that you will share that dialog and work towards change in your communities as well.

Although we have met the goal, we can still use more funding for the project. The goal was intentionally set low to ensure that we made at least the minimal benchmark to proceed. Please continue to spread the word for both the awareness of the issues and for continued fund raising purposes.

As I do with all of my artwork, I invite you to join me “in the studio” as I proceed with the project. Please follow me on Twitter (@BZTAT), on Facebook and here at for my latest creative activity.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. You have all touched me very deeply with your support and compassion.


Wanna pledge your support to Okey’s Promise? Every little bit helps! Make your pledge here, and/or grab the widget to put on your website. Thanks for your support!

#NipClub and other fun for Okey’s Promise!

"Niptini" painting by BZTAT

Thanks to everyone who has pledged their support to the Okey’s Promise: Art for a Cause project! You are all very special, and you are helping Okey and I keep our promise to do better for children and creatures. You are Okey’s Promise Keepers!

We have over 60% of our goal, now, and 8 days to get the remaining 40%. Please share your enthusiasm for the cause with others who you think may wish to become an Okey’s Promise Keeper themselves. And if you haven’t pledged yet but want to, now is the time! Here is the link.

Just to have fun, and to raise some pledges and awareness, we are having two parties for Okey this week.

On this Thursday, January 20, we will have a virtual party on Twitter. The Nip Club, a rowdy crowd of animal tweeters, has invited us to join their weekly “pawty” to raise funds for different animal causes. The theme of the pawty is 80’s Rock Pawty so pull out your best 80’s style gear! We will have quizzes with BZTAT artwork and Romeo the Cat “Rescue Mom” magnets and and other surprises. Follow the hashtags #NipClub and #OkeysPromise to join in.

Also, for folks close to Canton, OH, we will have a real live event on Sunday, January 23. We will have a spaghetti dinner at Arcadia Grille at 321 Court Ave. N.W. in downtown Canton from 1pm to 3pm. Cost: whatever you would like to donate to the cause. There will be a 50/50 and other raffles, again with BZTAT artwork as prizes. Be sure to come and join us for lotsa fun! Learn more and sign up to come here on the Facebook event page.

I look forward to seeing you at these events and to enjoying some fun times while we raise support for Okey’s Promise!

A project like this can’t happen without the great support of others. You as Okey’s Promise Keepers are the passion to make it happen. We will get there!

Above is a little drawing that I recently made of Okey. I can’t wait to paint the BIG picture!


Wanna pledge your support to Okey’s Promise? Every little bit helps! Make your pledge here, and/or grab the widget to put on your website. Thanks for your support!

Since you asked…I made an FAQ page.

Yesterday’s soft launch of the fund raising though Kickstarter has met with tremendous response. As of this writing, we have already received $430 in pledges! I am ever so grateful.

It is still a long ways to $5000 (and beyond), so I appreciate your help in getting the word out to folks who might be interested in pledging. Thanks!

To answer some of the questions that have been asked about the project, I have developed a Frequently Asked Questions page. I hope this helps with any questions you might have. Please let me know if you have further questions. I can always add to the page.

Life is an Adventure!


Fund Raising Campaign is Launched via Kickstarter!

Safe Animals Safe Kids

I decided to wait to launch the fund raising for Okey’s Promise until I had a few things more confirmed. Although there are still issues to be addressed, I have enough support for the project now to ensure it’s success. So here goes!

You can make pledges to the Kickstarter Campaign here. Making a pledge is a commitment to providing funds for the project if I reach the total goal. If I do not reach my goal of $5000.00 in pledges, then nothing will happen. If I do reach my goal (I plan to exceed it!) then Amazon will automatically deduct your pledge from the payor source that you designate.

Any amount helps! As you can see on the Kickstarter page, I am offering goodies for anyone who pledges $1 or more. Of course I want some big pledges, but I value and appreciate anyone who pledges at any level. Okey and I thank you for any amount that you pledge!!!

Thanks to the efforts of the indefatigable Caroline Golon, Public Relations Guru Extraordinaire of BlogPaws and Romeo the Cat fame, I will have an extensive PR and national media campaign to publicize the project. BUT I ALSO NEED YOU!

I have found that it is the hand to hand, paw to paw, word of mouth, Facebook and Tweet networking that makes the most difference with launching projects like this. Even if you have no resources to pledge, you can help by getting the word out to others who may be interested.

Please let me know if you have any questions (I will have a FAQ on the site soon) and HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

Okey and I thank you for your support.