BY :: STELLAFLY
PHOTOGRAPHER TERRY JOHNSTON
Special Olympics Area 11 knows how to throw a Halloween Party! Local Special Olympics athletes worked together, under the guidance of staff and student artists from Kendall College of Art & Design, to create many works of art including a collaborative piece that was entered in ArtPrize 2012! This work demonstrates that intellectuals with disabilities have many abilities. For some, it was their first time painting, and this experience inspired them to try new things and built confidence.
The artwork created last summer was auctioned at Let’s Toga for Special Olympics party. Attendees enjoyed a live Greek band and dancing, authentic Greek food, a souvenir photo booth, live art creation, and so much more. Emcee WZZM’s Juliet Dragos, did a wonderful job talking about the cause and getting guests into the spirit of bidding. Togas were highly encouraged for the costume contest and photo booth. A live and silent auction with athlete-created artwork grouped with gift certificates to swanky local hotels and restaurants were offered up as well.
Sponsors included: Pioneer Construction, Lacks Enterprises, Falcon Printing, WZZM 13, Stellafly, Gilmore Collection, Forest Hills Foods, 97 LAV-FM, Elegant Events, Yassou!, Miedema Auctioneers, Greek Orthodox Ladies’ Philoptochos Society of Grand Rapids, MI, Rent-Downtown.com and greatdesignplus.com.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Athletes are given continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness and athletic skill, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
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