Local celebrities join forces, pick up paint brushes to support Westerville Student Education Foundation through annual fundraiser


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Local celebrities and community leaders gathered March 5, 2020, at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s to add their creative flair to a work of art that will be auctioned off during the Westerville Education Foundation’s (WEF) upcoming annual fundraiser, An Artful Affair.

During last year’s inaugural celebrity event, each participant painted a unique work of art that later was auctioned to the highest bidder during the fundraiser. This year, however, each piece of celebrity art is part of a larger piece that will be unveiled during the Fourth Annual An Artful Affair, which is presently scheduled to take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2020, at the Lakes Golf & Country Club, 6740 Worthington Road, Westerville.

Students from the Westerville Student Education Foundation (WSEF) developed the celebrity art project at The SHOP at Westerville North High School and International Baccalaureate Art Students from Westerville South High School instructed celebrity artists as they worked on their masterpieces. Revenue generated through the celebrity art auction is dedicated to WSEF initiatives, while proceeds from An Artful Affair benefit the WEF and its competitive grants program, which funds creative instructional projects submitted by Westerville City School District educators.

The finished piece of art will be displayed in prominent locations around the community throughout the year, along with a plaque naming celebrity artists and supporters of the WSEF who contributed more than $100 via a campaign to raise $10,000 in support of the WSEF.

Contributing artists include: Lynn Zagotti Aventino, Nancy Nestor-Baker, Vaughn Bell, Charles Chandler, Diane Montenaro Conley, Gerrie Cotter, Tracy Fisher-Davidson, Janet Tressler Davis, Andrea Drago, Alex Heckman, Mark Hershiser, Michael Heyeck, John Kellogg, Unhee Kim, Nicole Marshall, Mark Morgan, AJ Principe, Curtis Smith, Rick Vilardo, Michael Wettrich, and Kenneth L. Wright.

Event organizers extend their appreciation to Mount Carmel St. Ann’s for again hosting and providing refreshments during the celebrity art event, and to The Arts Council of Westerville for providing art supplies and additional support. The WEF also thanks Nationwide Children’s, which is a founding sponsor for the WSEF and its efforts to support Mental Health initiatives. WEF Gold Foundation Sponsors make the work of WEF possible and include Education First Credit Union, Mount Carmel St. Ann’s and Alliance Data.

Anyone interested in sponsoring and/or attending this year’s An Artful Affair may obtain additional details through the event website. Musical entertainment will be provided throughout the evening by an ensemble from Hot Tonic Orchestra.