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Photography by Patrick O’Donnell
Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc. raised $47,000 during its recent annual “Palette of Colors: Art & Jazz” dinner and auction that was held at Still Water Spirits & Sounds in Dana Point. The event drew about 180 guests for a gourmet dinner, live music and entertainment.
“We are grateful to Damian Collins the new owner of Still Water Spirits & Sounds, the Ron Kobayashi Trio, our sponsors, and the many donors and guests who made our 10th annual ‘Palette of Colors’ event such a great success,” said Laurie Zagon, Founder/Director, Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc. “Proceeds from the event will be used to support the free Art4Healing workshops we provide to military personnel and their families, as well the programs we provide for victims of domestic violence, and underprivileged children throughout Orange County through our partnerships with other nonprofit organizations.”
Guests arrived at “Palette of Colors: Art & Jazz” dressed in colorful, semi-formal attire and enjoyed a “Jazzy Julep” cocktail, compliments of Southern Wine & Spirits of Southern California, as they perused a wide-election of silent auction items including fine art, fashions, jewelry, travel, beauty and spa items.
Following a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Massimo Navaretta, guests participated in a live auction that which concluded with a special item called “The Blue Suede Shoes,” which was presented by Markus Bohi, President of C1RCA, the San Clemente-based manufacturer of skate shoes. The “Blue Suede Shoes,” worn by Mr. Bohi during the event, are part of the C1RCA shoe collection, and were auctioned off for $1,000 a pair. Donors Jim Stinson and Rocky Purpero bid on the shoes, and will each receive a pair in their size. This auction item alone netted $2,000 for Art & Creativity for Healing.
The event concluded with entertainment provided by the Ron Kobayashi Trio, who has performed with Mel Torme, Margaret Whiting, Herb Jeffries, Jerry Van Dyke, Tim Weisberg, Eric Marienthal, and many more world-famous artists.
Special guests for “Palette of Colors: Art & Jazz” included a group of active Marines and spouses from Camp Pendleton. Additionally, students from the Dana Hills High School Art4Healing Club, volunteered during the event to assist with registration, and the live and silent auctions.
“Palette of Colors” is Art & Creativity for Healing’s signature event. Each year, the event draws friends of the organization from across the Southland in celebration of Art & Creativity for Healing’s mission to support emotional healing through art and creative expression for those living with pain, grief, fear or stress.
Art & Creativity for Healing covers all administrative costs through revenue from its teacher training programs, 100 percent of the funds raised at the 2012 “Palette of Colors: Art & Jazz” will be used to support free Art & Creativity for Healing workshops for children including the “Art for Healing for Heroes and their Families” at Camp Pendleton; Families and Community Together Orange County, a partnership between Orange County Social Services Agency and Orangewood Children’s Foundation; Art & Creativity for Healing’s partnership with Human Options; and, Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC).
Founded in 2000, Art & Creativity for Healing Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to helping children and adults process their feelings of pain, grief, fear or stress using the venue of painting on canvas. Art & Creativity for Healing provides free classes taught by Founder/Director Laurie Zagon and her team of highly qualified facilitators on-site at hospitals and non-profit community organizations.
Through programs offered in collaboration with more than 35 hospitals, treatment facilities and non-profit agencies, Art & Creativity for Healing has facilitated Art4Healing® workshops more than 35,000 children and adults in the Southern California region since it was founded. The Zagon Method of Art & Creativity for Healing was originally developed by Zagon in New York in 1987 as a workshop designed to help busy executives deal with stress.