ChildSafe's 2nd Annual Art Thrives Brought to You By Realities for Children was held on Friday, July 29th. This extremely successful event was very well attended and featured 12 live auction items and over 90 silent auction items. Live auction artists were: Lorri Acott, John Atencio, Bob Coonts, Kathi Dougherty, Paul Febvre, Janis Goldblatt, Gwen Hatchette, Gary Hixon, Mark Hopkins, Christy Martell, Ellie Weakley and Carl Wilmsen. The featured guest was Liz Johnson who spoke eloquently about her journey from being a victim of child sexual abuse from ages 3-8 to being thriver at age 21. Her story was deeply moving and provided the audience with a glimpse into what it's like to experience child sexual abuse, endure its detrimental effects, yet with the help of an amazing therapist at ChildSafe, go on to become health, happy and thriving. Liz is a CSU student and an artist whose works were featured in the silent auction. Live music for the event was provided by Dave Hill. The emcee was the ever-humorous Vince Lubenow. Auctioneer Jeff Sweeney kept things interesting including a paddle raiser that raised $6,500.00. Stay tuned for details about next year's ArtThrives! to be held in July, 2012.
Third annual quilt raffle: This year's winner of the quilt raffle is Elaine Burritt. She's an employee of the Fort Collins Public Library and was thrilled to be the winner. Photos attached (taken at the library). Elaine's name was chosen 8/21/2011 at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival at the Ranch. Her name was picked out of over 4,000 tickets.
ChildSafe's second annual Trivia Bowl was held Saturday, February 19, 2011, at C.B. & Potts: Participants had fun while helping raise funds for ChildSafe. Teams of two to four members competed for great prizes. Event emcee Michael Stone of Tri-102.5 Radio did his usual masterful job! The event was so successful that attendees have asked for another Trivia Bowl next year.