On March 28, 2015 we completed the First Annual C.A.R.E. Art Auction and Gala at Tincture Gallery. The art was produced by the children of My Autism Connection under the direction of Dr. Karen Smith. Her clients and children produced 40 pieces of art to be auctioned for the support of the Doctor of Smiles program. The program is supported nationally by HFGrotto.org and locally by Galae Grotto a member of the Grotto's of North America. The entertainment, bar, food, tables, chairs, and linens were all directly donated or sponsored by individuals and or companies. Southwest Florida Masonic Center Charities, a 501(c)(3) public charity, supplied the art supplies. SWFMCC was founded to act as the umbrella organization for individual Masons and the allied and appendant bodies to raise money for charity. At the end of the evening just north of $ 5,000 dollars were raised. SWFMCC was reimbursed $ 679.00 dollars spent on art supplies for next years C.A.R.E Gala. $ 2,000 dollars was sent to the national foundation and 2,000 to the local organization for those children who fall outside the foundations guidelines. The balance of funds raised were donated to a child with a rare blood protein disorder who applied for assistance and fell outside of any of the Masonic Charities. We are now planning the Second Annual C.A.R.E. Art Auction and Gala. The date is April 2nd coinciding with National Autism Awareness Day. Tinctures Gallery, The Hideaway Sports Bar, Gavin's Ace Hardware, and Strange Arrangement are all committed. The application to the City Of Fort Myers for the event permit and road closure are in. I have spoken with the event director and she is in support of the event. That said SWFMCC is proposing that this years Art Gala included a juried art show. We are proposing to include seven area High Schools. The three area art magnet schools, the three IB schools, and one private High School. We are proposing to contribute $ 500.00 to each of the High School art programs who participate towards art supplies. There will be six categories : Mixed Media Digital Art Painting (Oil or Acrylic) Painting (Water Color) Drawing (Pencil) Sculpture Each schools Art Teachers will judge the entrants in each category awarding 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. These pieces will move on to the second round to compete for Art Scholarships. The Art Show will be judge by Gallery owner Terry Tincher and the judges of his choice. The composition of the judging panel will include one member of the SWFMCC Executive Board and one member of Galae Grotto selected by the Prophet Monarch. The Juried Judges panel will consist of 5-7 judges. Not to exceed 7 judges. Judging will be conducted using standard Juried Judging rubrics. Each student may enter multiple categories. Art instructors will ensure that no student enters more than three entries per show and only one per category. Scholarships will be awarded as follows. A total of $ 500.00 will be awarded in each category in the second round. 1st Place - $ 250.00 Dollars 2nd Place - $ 125.00 3rd Place - $ 75.00 Honorable Mention - $ 75.00 There will be one Best of Show Scholarship in the amount of $ 1,000.00 Dollars. Each 1st Place winner will have an Art Supply Scholarship of $ 250.00 dollars donated to his or her High School in their names. Student Entries in the scholarship round become the property of SWFMCC and it's C.A.R.E. Art Program. Each Art entry may be used to promote the Art Show and future shows and or campaigns to raise charitable funds by SWFMCC. The top entries will be used to promote the charity and maybe included in a promotional calendar of the winners. The Best of Show or its reproduced image may be used on promotional posters, tickets, brochures and other promotional materials. Each of the scholarship round pieces will be auctioned in the silent or live auction on April 2nd at the Second Annual C.A.R.E. Art Auction and Gala to support Dental Care for Special Needs Children through the Doctor of Smiles Program. The pieces are to be produced in the first semester of the 2015-16 school year. Judging at the High School level will be completed by the end of January. The pieces will be available for SWFMCC volunteers to pick up by arrangement by mid February. The pieces maybe used for advertising or media stories to promote the event. Mr. Tincher and the jury will judge the pieces and a parent, teacher award night at the gallery to be named later. The award night will be the first, second or third Saturday of March. To be named by Mr. Tincher to accommodate his shows and schedule. Our first year partner My Autism Connection will contribute up to 40 pieces to the auction again this year. All pieces will be a part of the fundraising auction, either live or silent.
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