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Wine and Design to Support Patients Battling Serious Illness with Upcoming Fundraiser on February 28
Money raised from Arts For Life event will help support non-profit’s educational art programs for patients and families battling serious illnesses
Arts For Life (www.aflnc.org)
Under Program Director Annie Rogers, Arts For Life Asheville operates out of the Mission Hospital/Mission Reuter Children’s Outpatient Center. Rogers and her team of interns, artist fellows, and volunteers provide over 130 hours of direct art lessons to young patients at Mission Hospital each week. They teach lessons at waiting room art stations and at patients’ bedsides. Programs include Clinic Art Station (AFL operates two art stations five days a week for eight hours each day at the Zeis Clinic and the Huff Center), a monthly Oncology Support Group, Inpatient Art Lessons, a Fellowship Program, Internship Program, Individual Music Lessons, and a Volunteer Program.
Arts For Life Assistant Director, Rachel Zink, heard about Wine and Design through a mutual friend of hers and Wine and Design Asheville owner, Ece Okar. She says that fundraising events are vital to Arts For Life, in both funds raised and community awareness, and that the nonprofit tries to offer a few different events throughout the year to appeal to all of their supporters.
“We are so fortunate to have businesswomen, like Ece, in our community who make giving back part of their business model,” says Zink. “As a nonprofit, we know there’s not a lot of ‘extra’ to go around, so we’re especially grateful to business owners who make supporting local nonprofits a priority. We are so very excited about the Wine and Design fundraiser! What better fit is there for an evening of painting than with Arts for Life?”
Okar opened Wine and Design Asheville in December 2011. The studio provides canvas, aprons, paints, paintbrushes, cups, and corkscrew and attendees provide a beverage of his or her choosing. First-
“I’m really excited to partner with Arts For Life because it’s an incredible organization,”
To register for the Arts For Life fundraiser, visit www.wineanddesignnc.com/
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