The second annual Art from the Heart event, which showcased pieces created through the Art Therapy program, raised $32,000 for Friends of Kids with Cancer.
The event was held on Thursday, September 22nd at Mungenast Lexus of St. Louis and featured music from The Poor People of Paris, drinks and hearty appetizers from multiple restaurants, a glass blowing demonstration, silent auction, and a showcase of over 70 pieces of artwork created by kids in treatment for cancer. Many of the young artists were able to attend the event and see their artwork raise money for the organization.
Friends of Kids with Cancer's Art Therapy program has been running for 13 years, and continues to help kids in treatment and their siblings deal with this terrible disease. Working with different artistic materials, Art Therapist Natasha Westrich-Wood helps the kids creatively bring their emotions to the canvas as an outlet to all of the pain and confusion they experience as a part of treatment.
"The kids were empowered and delighted with the incredible interest in their art during the silent auction," said Natasha. "It was exciting for them to watch the bids go higher and higher. Many guests expressed their awe at the children's courage and positive perspective."
We would like to thank our wonderful committee who helped organize the event!