It's time for this year's Pawsitivity fundraiser sessions! The goal of these mini fundraisers is to raise money (and awareness) for charities and causes in our community.
Having worked with The Banquet for 20 years and being a part of 100 Women Who Care, I know all too well that there are many organizations that the public isn't aware of. The larger non-profits who have the money for advertising are all too often the first to benefit from a fundraiser simply because the public isn't aware there are other organizations who are also in need of support. So, through these fundraiser sessions I hope to introduce you to a few new organizations and their causes.
World at Your Feet
Those who participated last year in the World At Your Feet sessions, made the event a huge success raising $1000 to purchase new shoes for the kids supported by Children's Inn and Mission Haiti.
This year we'll be supporting the arts through Vision & Voice. Joan Zephier was the recipient of the 2016 Mayor's Award for Individual Excellence in Visual Arts for her work with area high school students by inspiring them to create pieces of art that express their own depiction of what addiction and recovery means to them. Using art as an outlet, they are gradually able to look at life in a different light and are able to deal with everyday living more effectively with the realization that life is possible. The Vision & Voice program now includes the art of original poetry, and expresses many forms of mental health issues dealt with by today's teens.
Joan's philosophy is that every single person has a story, and every single person has an artist spirit. Our unique story told in a visual way has the ability to connect with someone else in ways that our words cannot. (Sioux Falls Arts Council)
* If you'd like more information about the Vision and Voice program Joan is happy to connect with you.
HeArt and Soul
HeArt & Soul is what I'm calling this year's Pawsitivity fundraising event. The resulting images will depict your pet in an artistic fashion. There will be a limited number of sessions available and registration begins on Thursday Feb 18th. Watch the Facebook page for more information!
We had so much fun during the first event. I hope you and your furry friend will consider joining us this year!