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The Kiwanis Club of Rockford will present “Budding Artists,” an inaugural fund-raising event celebrating young talent, from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, May 16, at Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., Rockford.
Budding Artists is the largest fund-raiser for the service club and supports the mission of Kiwanis Club of Rockford to serve the children of the Rockford community.
In addition to being a first-time event this year, there are several new partnerships leaders of the organization are excited about. Budding Artists event partners include Boylan Catholic High School, Rockford Lutheran High School, and Rockford Public Schools District 205 (Auburn, East, Guilford, Jefferson and Roosevelt high schools), as well as the art teachers and art students from each of the schools.
The event features three pieces of original artwork by very talented young artists from each of the schools. A variety of art media will be represented from painting and drawing to 3D sculpture. All art pieces will be sold in a live auction, led by auctioneer Don Banks, that will start at 7 p.m. and go until 8:30 p.m.
The evening also includes socializing, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, live music by classical guitarist Ted Stavrou (Music Academy of Rockford), and a cash bar. Karen Vaughn Harding, artist, will mingle with guests and provide comments and words of encouragement to the student artists. International artist, author and talk show host Charlotte Hackin will lead the creation of the “happening art” canvas by inviting guests to add their own mark to a painting that will be sold at the end of the night to the highest bidder.
Tickets for the inaugural Budding Artists fund-raiser are $50 each, and the proceeds will go toward supporting not only the student artists, but also other children and young people in Rockford. Each student will receive 50 percent from the sale of his/her piece, and Kiwanis Charities of Rockford will apply 50 percent of the sales proceeds to serving the children in the community. Participating students are eligible for three scholarships (one for $1,000 and two for $500). In addition, each of the schools’ art departments will receive $250 to use as needed to support their art program.
For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit the Kiwanis website at www.KiwanisClubofRockford.com. Tickets can be purchased at Rockford-area Alpine Bank locations or the Rockford Area Arts Council, or mail a check (payable to: Kiwanis Charities of Rockford) with names of your guests to Kiwanis Club of Rockford, P.O. Box 1573, Rockford, IL 61110-0073 by Friday, May 9.
Posted April 30, 2014