By Kodey Toney
When I Paint My Masterpiece
This week's column is going to be a little different as I want to tell you about an upcoming event that can help families in this area.
Running a non-profit like the Pervasive Parenting Center can be very rewarding. Helping with trainings, conferences, and advocacy can also be expensive.
This is why the center will be holding an art auction on Saturday July 30 at the Donald W Reynolds Center in Poteau.
This came about as a way to raise funds for the many things we try to do to help families in the area. As a quick recap, I'll mention a few things we've done in the past couple years. We have donated money to local special education departments to help with supplies. We hold Sensitive Santa for children with sensory issues each December in LeFlore, Sequoyah, and Haskell counties. We have helped give out s holarships and have awarded Teacher if the year as well as Paraprofessional of the Year awards. In addition we provide free trainings to local educators, professionals, and family members. We also have Sibshops for siblings of children with disabilities and parent support groups.
With all of these events we are always searching for funding, so when my wife suggested an art auction a few months ago we jumped at the idea.
There are so many great local artists that have provided quality pieces of art for this event. There is a little something for everyone at different price ranges. We have works of all sizes and all tastes. There are some folk pieces, abstracts, impressionistic works, and even pop art. There are mostly paintings, but also photograph prints.
We have local musical act Haulin' Oates to provide entertainment for the auction.
While we're calling this Art for Autism the funds will be used to help local families with all disabilities.
The event will begin at 6 p.m.
Please make plans to attend.