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Paradise Paint Out 2017 Raises $71,000 For Florida Keys Children’s Shelter

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The nine-day cultural event brought 20 of the best Plein Air artist from across the country and the pond to raise awareness and much needed fund for Monroe County’s at-risk children and families.

The Florida Keys Children’s Shelter (Children’s Shelter) hosted the Paradise Paint Out 2017 (PPO) on January 11-19, 2017. This first time event for the Children’s Shelter raised $71,000 which directly benefits their five programs serving the at-risk children and families of Monroe County, Florida. Bill Mann, Co-CEO, Children’s Shelter states “We are grateful for the community support as the monies raised helps to provide the much needed free programming we make available to all residents”. The nine-day paint out featured three cross-county wet room galleries drawing more than 600 visitors and 20 of the top Plein Air national and international artists. The one-of-a kind event, sponsored by Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty, was the perfect backdrop for the artist to paint “En plein air” or in open air of some of the iconic sceneries of the Florida Keys.


“Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to support the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter through our sponsorship of the Paradise Paint Out,” said Russell Post, Broker of Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty. This event provides an incredible opportunity for art lovers to watch and meet some of the finest Plein Air painters from around the country while also supporting some incredible causes within our community.”

Some highlights included a Full Moon Nocturnal Paining at the Florida Keys County Club in Marathon, Artist demonstrations at Grimal Grove in Big Pine Key and Little Basin Villas in Islamorada, the Mid-Way Finale at the 15th annual Mayors Ball in Key West, Florida Bay Preservation Day from the land and water, and the Finale & Preservation Night reception, a partnership with Florida Bay Forever.

The Finale & Preservation Night reception drew upwards of 160 attendees at the stunning new gallery, Our Place in Paradise in Islamorada. Guests viewed 250 pieces of art using mediums ranging from water color, pastel, oil and acrylic, enjoyed entertainment by Dave Feder and catering by A Little Taste of Paradise. The evening also featured a $500 cash prize People’s Choice Award that went to Jason Sacran from Fort Smith, AK and a $1,000 cash prize Artist’s Choice Award that was a tie between Haidee-Jo Summers of Lincolnshire, England and Jason Sacran. The proceeds for the evening benefited both the Children’s Shelter and Florida Bay Forever.

 

“Florida Bay Forever was thrilled to partner with the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter to create the Paradise Paint Out. Our mission includes bringing awareness to the Florida Bay as it supports a vibrant Florida Keys,” said Elizabeth Jolin. “The Florida Keys is enhanced by a healthy resource and healthy kids. We were honored to be a part of bolstering support for the undeniably critical role the Children’s Shelter provides to our community.”

 

Children’s Shelter Executive Council Member, Betsy Keteltas and Children’s Shelter Volunteer, Paula Friedman, co-chaired the philanthropic event.

“It was an honor to work on the 2017 Paradise Paint Out with such an extraordinary team. The artists embraced the Keys through their paintings as well as their full immersion in our wonderful communities. The hospitality and generosity of the locals barred none. It will be a tough act to follow in 2018, but we accept the challenge,” says Keteltas.

“I am proud to have been a part of the 2017 PPO success. Making the Paint Out a Keys wide event and including the Florida Bay Preservation Day inspired the artists to new heights. I have heard from several of the hosts who housed our artists what a satisfying experience they had. The artists could not have been more appreciative of our efforts on their behalf and of our extraordinary little piece of Paradise,” says Friedman.

“For being a first time event for the Children’s Shelter, we are so pleased with the awareness it raised for the organization in the community,” says Ben Kemmer, Co-CEO at the Children Shelter.

The event was made possible by a Monroe County Tourist Development Council grant and sponsors Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty, Florida Bay Forever, Little Basin Villas Islamorada, Islamorada Beer Company, Plein Air Magazine, Our Place in Paradise, Dave Feder and a Little Taste of Paradise, Shell World and 25 hosts that housed the artists.

About the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter

The mission of the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter (Children’s Shelter) “Safe Kids, Strong Families, and a Healthy Community” drives every facet of its programming. Serving Monroe County for almost 30 years, the private not-for-profit Children’s Shelter touched more than 500 lives last year through its no-cost programs; emergency shelter, group homes, community-based counseling, respite services and drop-in center for homeless and run-away youth. For more information on services or learn how to get involved, please go to www.FKCS.org or call (305) 852-4246 ext. 222.

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Calling for Eleventh Annual Mayor’s Ball Sponsors and Guest

Honorary Hosts: Mayor Craig and Cheryl Cates

mayors ball for FKCS

Partnerships are very important to our kids and to our work! Will you please partner with us by sponsoring the upcoming Eleventh Annual Mayor’s Ball?

Tenth Annual Mayor’s Ball

Saturday, January 28, 2012
Champagne Reception 6:00 PM Dinner and Dancing 7:00 PM
Casa Marina Resort and Beach Club; Key West
$125 per Person or $1,200 per Table of Ten

mayor's ball
Join our Mayor and First Lady, Craig and Cheryl Cates, as we raise awareness and the much needed funds to support the many programs provided by the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter. There are several ways you can help the abused, abandoned and neglected children and teens in Monroe County. First, plan on attending the Mayor’s Ball. Guests that purchase tickets on or before December 15, 2011 will be registered in the Grand Prize Drawing. Remember, a portion of your ticket is a tax-deductible contribution.

Sponsorship Information:

• Event Sponsor – $10,000
• Dinner Sponsor – $6000 or 2 @ $3,000
• Reception Sponsor – $1,500 or 2 @ $750
• Entertainment Sponsor – $6,000 or 3 @ $2,000
• Auction Sponsor – $1,000 or 2 @ $500
• Print Sponsor – $2,500 or product
• Beverage Sponsor – $1,000 or product

Other ways you can help include:

• Donate something fantastic to the Auction!
• Help with the Event!
• Bring your friends and CELEBRATE!
• Make your reservation TODAY! Let’s celebrate n true “Island Style”!

Sponsorships of $5,000 and greater will receive a complimentary table for ten. Sponsorships from $2,000 to $4,999 will receive 4 complimentary tickets and the option to buy a table at $1,000. All other sponsors will receive 2 complimentary tickets.

Who I am and What I Know Exhibit

black and white ball

FKCS has an exciting project going on in our Project Lighthouse, street outreach program, located in Key West.  In a nutshell, it is called “Who I am and What I Know” photos, images and words of youth on a journey.  All youth have a story to tell, but what is the story of the homeless, street kid?  No mother, no father and no home.

You can see, read and hear their moving stories of surviving on the streets by visiting the Studio’s of Key West, 600 White Street., Space 2.   Currently, their photography, poetry and other art images are on display.  The show will continue until July 26, 2011.  There will be a reception Thursday, July 21 at the Studios of Key West, 600 White Street., Space 2 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Since the program began art has been a link to the kids. However, during the past year Lura Smedstad, an AmeriCorps Volunteer and staff member with Project Lighthouse, took the art theme in a very new direction.  Smedstad is completing her Masters in Art Therapy.  In doing this work, it occurred to her that the youth on the streets have many very captivating (and oftentimes misunderstood) stories to tell.  Smedstad challenged the kids to carry a camera with them and capture their stories through the pictures they snapped.  Those pictures and other forms of art are on display for the public.

Her idea was well received by the kids/travelers that pass through the doors at Project Lighthouse and by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, Artreach program.  To read more on the work of the Florida Key Children’s Shelter and Project Lighthouse please click on the link below.

Photos from the 2011 Mayor’s Ball in Key West!

Save the Date for the 2011 Mayor’s Ball!

Saturday, January 15, 2011
Casa Maria Beach Resort, Key West

During the Mayor’s Ball, we raise money and awareness to support the many programs provided by the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter (FKCS).  FKCS serves children, teens and families throughout all of Monroe County.  Last year alone, we served over 700 children and families.  If you believe in children and happy childhoods, I must ask, will you please support our important work through joining us for an evening of fun and celebration at our upcoming Mayor’s Ball on Saturday, January 15, 2011, at the outstanding Casa Marina Beach Resort, Key West!

Mayor's Ball

This has been a tough year for many and we realize that. That is why we need you!   We are counting on the Ball to raise the necessary funds needed to take care of our kids!  Don’t miss this wonderful Black Tie event!

Items for Auction

The following Outstanding Auction items will be available at the Mayor’s  Ball:

items for auction

PLAYTIME
26x15x15 inches
Gallery Price: $32,500

MPI is proud to present the masterpieces of the renowned and prolific Master Sculptor, Lorenzo Ghiglieri.

The sheer power, magnificence and magnitude of the works of this modern American Master transcend description through mere words.   The visual impact of his artwork speaks volumes and moves the uninitiated fine art admirer, the novice fine art collector and the seasoned fine art aficionado, alike.

The White House permanent collection is the home of Lorenzo’s  creation of ”the official “AMERICAN BALD EAGLE,  The Vatican houses his masterpiece, ST. FRANCIS OF ASSIZI, MAN OF PEACE, and his stunning MOTHER AND CHILD is the showpiece in the private collection of the incomparable Italian Tenor, Luciano Pavarotti.

PLAYTIME is a masterful representation of Lorenzo’s lifelong love and familiarity with horses, and a celebration of the happy frolic of the mare and her foal.

the dolphins

THE DOLPHINS
19 x 14 x 8 inches
Gallery Price $7,500
Limited Edition in Bronze

Laran Ghiglieri unites his artistic mastery with a tender maternal theme to create Playtime, ‘The Dolphins’. The artist dives into the bluest of oceans to capture the water’s most endearing mammal, the dolphin. Leaping in unison above the waves, this mother and her offspring frolic in lighthearted whimsy and affection.

mother and child

MOTHER AND CHILD
22” x 12” x 15”
Bronze
By Rebecca Ghiglieri Clark 
Limited Edition
Gallery Price: $26,800

Masterpiece Investments is proud to present the masterpieces of the renowned and prolific artist Rebecca Anelise (Ghiglieri) Clark.

Rebecca is internationally recognized for her brilliance in sculpting and painting the human form and has an incomparable talent for creating breathtaking representations of the human female.

Educated at Parson’s School of Design in New York, and a former high fashion model, Rebecca employs a unique understanding of the elegance and splendor that is the essence of the feminine physique.

Her “Mother & Child” is not only an indisputably stunning masterpiece, but a universally recognizable and appealing capture of the grace, tenderness, beauty and serenity that characterize the bond between a young mother and child.

For more information on becoming involved with the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter, you may contact Janey Wawerna, Chief Development Officer at 305-852-4642 ext. 222 or by email at janeymiller@fkcs.org.


The 26th Annual Black and White Ball – Upper Keys
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Sunne Rego, Black and White Ball Committee Chair
Details to be announced

We have a lot to commemorate during the next Ball. We are kicking off our 22nd year of serving children, teens and families by providing help, hope and healing in the Keys. And most importantly, we will dedicate the evening to the lives of the more than 22,000 children, teens, and parents served by FKCS programs – all made possible by the help of people like you! The celebration will include a Champagne Reception, Dinner, Dancing and Auction.

For more information on becoming involved with the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter, you may contact Janey Wawerna, Chief Development Officer at 305-852-4642 ext. 222 or by email at janeymiller@fkcs.org.

Love Out Loud Outreach at the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter

New exterior painting is in the works for FKCS.  After 21 years, the building needs a little color to brighten things up!  As a part of the Fort Lauderdale and Florida Keys Calvary Chapel Outreach project, Love Out Loud, several gathered to begin the painting.  If you would like to help with this volunteer effort, please contact Janey R. Wawerna at 305-731-4741.  We will gratefully accept volunteer labor, the donation of supplies and funds to complete the painting.

Save the Date for the 2010 Black & White Ball!

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Marriott Bay Beach Resort, Key Largo

We have a lot to commemorate during this year’s Ball. We are kicking off our 21st year of serving children, teens and families by providing help, hope and healing in the Keys. And most importantly, we will dedicate the evening to the lives of the more than 22,000 children, teens, and parents served by FKCS programs – all made possible by the help of people like you! The celebration will include a Champagne Reception, Dinner, Dancing and Auction.

Black & White Ball

During the Black and White Ball, we raise money and awareness to support the many programs provided by the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter (FKCS). FKCS serves children, teens and families throughout all of Monroe County. Last year alone, we served over 700 children and families.If you believe in children and happy childhoods, I must ask, will you please support our important work through joining us for an evening of fun and celebration at our upcoming Black and White Ball! This has been a tough year for many and we realize that. That is why we have reduced the tickets to $150.00 per person. We are counting on the Ball to raise our spirits and the necessary funds needed to take care of our kids! Be a part of this exciting event!We need your support now more than ever! The many and differing needs for our programs are on the rise; however, the funding is falling short of meeting our program needs. We are counting on the proceeds of the Black and White Ball to help close that ever-growing gap. There are several other ways you can help.

Find out how here

Wyland Paints
Friday, February 5, 2010; 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
73 High Point Road, Tavernier, Florida
“A Work in Progress”

Join us as we view a work in progress featuring outstanding artists.

As part of Project Inspiration, Wyland was onhand during an Open House at The Florida Keys Children’s Shelter on February 5, 2010.

Hailed a “Marine Michaelangelo” by USA Today, Wyland’s work is sought by millions of collectors and his galleries throughout the United States are considered a must-see on the itineraries of travelers everywhere. His equally successful Wyland Foundation, in partnership with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is actively engaged in teaching millions of students about our oceans, rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands.

Project Inspiration was begun by Lisa Lansden, Mrs.  American Dream 2009-2010, as a way to promote volunteerism and to help renovate and decorate the bedrooms at the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter thereby improving the quality of life for the children.  Since beginning in August, several murals have been painted in the bedrooms with the children.  Then the bathrooms and hallways began to receive attention.  Many of the artists have decided to begin routine art lessons at the shelter as well.

The artists involved in Project Inspiration are Adam Scott Rote, Wyland, Brooke Spaulding, Darryl Norem, Diane Schleider, Kathleen Denis, Stacie Krupa, Pasta Pantaleo, Kelly Hostetler, and Morna Stenghold.  Many other local volunteers have made a tremendous difference in Project Inspiration.  They are Marcia and Chip DeClue, Dr. True Lansden, Gary Lentz, Grace Greene, Bob Michael, local news media, and staff and administration at the shelter!  Once the painting portion of the effort is done Project Inspiration will continue by getting the floors of the shelter replaced.

Mayor’s Ball Benefitting FKCS

The Mayor’s Ball 2010 was the place to be on January 9, 2010. More than 170 people came together to support the important work of the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter (FKCS).The Florida Keys Children’s Shelter continued to celebrate more than 20 years of service during the Mayor’s Ball held on January 9, 2010, at the beautiful and historic Casa Marina Beach Resort.  The cold weather did not deter many of Key West’s finest from joining Mayor and Mrs. Cates in an evening of dinner, dancing and fun — benefiting the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter. The evening was filled with excitement as the large group of guests joined in celebration.  The Cates family hosted dignitaries such as, Ron Saudners, Bob Peryam, Mark Rossi, Rick Ramsey, Joseph Burke, Lawrence Tyree, Andy Griffiths and several more notable Keys’ area citizens.

During the night there was time set aside for Kathy Tuell, President and CEO of FKCS, to thank several very special friends and partners of the shelter.   Tuell stated that, “the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter, through the hard work and help of others, has been able to protect and care for more than 22,000 children and families in Monroe County.”  Tuell reminded the group of the ongoing challenges children, teens and families are facing every day in our current economic climate.

The evening was a wonderful success allowing the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter to express their tremendous gratitude to all their many supporters and to secure much needed funds to continue serving Monroe County’s most vulnerable citizens by offering shelter and services leading to help, hope and healing.

Following the dinner, Tuell recognized the special partnership with Key West and the Mayor by presenting Craig and Cheryl Cates with an appreciation award and flowers.
For more information on becoming involved with the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter, you may contact Janey Miller, Chief Development Officer at 305-852-4642 ext. 222 or by email at janeymiller@fkcs.org.