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Kids First benefit to raise funds, promote the arts

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Pictured is an example of the many paintings that will be available for purchase with a donation at the Works From the Heart benefit for Kids First Inc., Friday, May 3.

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By Chris Day'
Multimedia Editor

Friday, April 19, 2019

Officials at Kids First Inc. have come up with a creative way to raise funds, while supporting the arts at the same time. 

The Works From the Heart fundraiser will be held Friday, May 3, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. inside the Virginia Dare Arcade in downtown Elizabeth City. The event will coincide with May’s First Friday ArtWalk, and according to the website kidsfirstinc.org, will also include wine, champagne and food.   

The benefit will feature paintings and mixed media art from area student artists, as well as from professional artists. Student art will be available for purchase with just a $20 donation per piece. 

Guests also will be able to take home a painting created by a professional artist by purchasing a $100 “Hero Ticket.” With a Hero Ticket, the ticket holder will get to pop a balloon, which inside will hold a number. That number will determine the order the ticket holder gets to pick a professional painting from the “Wall of Fame,” Woodworth said. The person whose balloon holds the number 1 gets first pick.

“We thought the balloon pop would be kind of dramatic,” said Louise Woodworth, president of the nonprofit’s board of directors. “We have had an amazing outpouring of support from our art community.” 

That support includes about 40 to 60 paintings from artists who live as far away as New York, said Woodworth. 

A sample of the professional artists whose works will be featured include Jane Filer, Chrystal Hart, Karen Neuvirth, Amy Gardner Dean, Hope Malott and Carolyn Peel, the website states. 

Officials are hoping that by including student artists the event will help attract more people to the event. 

“We’re hoping they will come and bring their families,” Woodworth said. 

Kids First Inc. is a nonprofit that supports and assists abused children. The board’s primary missions are to set policy and to raise funds, Woodworth said. 

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