Your support of the Ladybug Fund made the Richmond Times-Dispatch! Thank you to all who joined us for the Winetasting and Silent Auction -- we had a great time. Read the excerpt below, or continue straight to Richmond.com >>
The 16th annual Ladybug Fund Winetasting and Silent Auction was held April 16 at Richmond International Raceway.
More than 350 guests sampled a selection of international and West Coast wines as well as local specialties from restaurants including The Betty on Davis and Julep’s.
The event raised $67,748. Popular auction items included a champagne brunch at The Jefferson and a private wine class for 20 at Total Wine.
The ARC Ladybug Fund is used to support children with disabilities at the Greater Richmond ARC.
The 2nd Annual ARC Art Show drew a crowd of more than 60 staff, parents and board members on Tuesday. Forty-five pieces of art sold, bringing in $450 that will be given to the artists to use for program excursions at ARC. During the first half hour of the event, Vice President of Development & Communications Kimberly Watson purchased the framed ink drawing of the Richmond city skyline. The art, which was submitted by John Coombs, Jr. from ARC’s employment services, now hangs in Watson's office at ARCenter.
Assistant Vice President of Day & Residential Services Emily Lehmann said she thinks the show went very well. She said she had worried the show would not be as good as the previous year, which had support from an outside organization, but that she felt everyone really helped pull it off.
A framed drawing of Richmond drew attention for its intricacy.
“The best part was seeing how proud our staff were of the amazing work they helped create,” she said.
More than 40 artists from across ARC’s programs were represented, some with multiple pieces shown. A featured project comprised of marbled silk handkerchiefs provided a tactile experience for visitors, who could touch the silk creations. The handkerchiefs are the final product of a visit from Art on Wheels on May 4.
Participants included adults in ARC Day Support. Marbles were rolled in paint to create the designs.
For Lehmann, the opportunity to showcase creativity and talent from individuals in ARC programs is its own reward. “I just want to see smiles on people’s faces,” she said.
Remember, the 2nd Annual ARC Art Show is TOMORROW. This free event features artwork from folks in our programs -- check out this Richmond Times-Dispatch highlight for more detail.