The second annual #ArtyPartyAkron, an art auction and fundraiser to benefit Summit County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), is scheduled for June 9. The event, sponsored by Signet Jewelers, will be held at Akrona Galleries, 1765 W. Market St. in Akron from 6 to 9 p.m.
This fundraising event is a juried art show featuring one-of-a-kind pieces created by area students from preschool through college. Judges include Leandra Drumm, art educator Joanna Haag and Jessica Pinsky, executive director of Praxis Fiber Workshop. Awards will be given in the categories of preschool-2nd grade, grades 3 through 5, grades 6 to 8, high school, college and overall best in show. A new category in 2016 is for Teachers Who Create. All students who have pieces chosen will be given a token of appreciation.
“The quality of art that was submitted for this year’s event was amazing,” said Amanda Carroll, #ArtyPartyAkron chairperson. “It made it very difficult for the selection committee to narrow it down to 100 pieces.”
The art is professionally framed and display-ready thanks to the generous donation of time and materials by Akrona Galleries, Gallery of Framing, Hazel Tree Interiors, McKay Bricker Gallery & Framing and Tomorrow’s Treasures.
Tickets are available online through Eventbrite for $50 per person. Visit www.artypartyakron.com, or contact Amanda Carroll (330) 310-6529 for more information. Thirty dollars of the ticket price is tax deductible.
One hundred percent of all proceeds go directly to the CASA/GAL Program of Summit County. Signet Jewelers has pledged to match any gift up to a total maximum donation of $15,000.
Entertainment will be provided by Ballet Excel Ohio, pianist Sarah Kaufman and The DJ Crew. All event design is created by Lovely Somethings and printing provided by Angstrom Graphics.
Additional event sponsors and supporters include Robert W. Baird and Co. Inc., Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, Bosnik Charitable Trust, Brown Dog Productions, Ralph and Paula Davis, Gavin Scott Salon & Spa, Junior Women’s Civic Club, Scott and Susan Lines, The Maynard Family Foundation, State & Federal Communications, Jannette Andreski, Akron Children’s Medical Center, AMHA, BCI, Bill and Beth Cardina, Micah Kraus, PCR Business Systems, Emily Schepens/PNC Bank, Karen Schofield, Sharon Gillberg, NORKA Food & Beverage and Shane Wynn Photography.
The mission of Summit County CASA is to provide every child who enters the court system as a result of allegations of abuse, neglect or dependency with a trained community volunteer to advocate for what is the child’s “best interest.”
In 1993, the CASA Board Volunteer Association, Inc. was established to further the mission and support the work of the CASA/GAL program of Summit County, Ohio. The board partners with the program by raising and administering funds for: Enhanced programming, personnel support, promoting public awareness of the CASA program and recognizing the efforts of CASA’s heroic volunteers.