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George School Students Organize Night of Art to Benefit Victims of Natural Disasters

Monday, February 27, 2006  
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Issued: February 24, 2006

Art for Relief, a student-organized night of art to benefit the victims of recent natural disasters, will be held at George School on Saturday, March 4, 2006.  The evening will begin with an art show and silent auction at 5:30 p.m. in the meetinghouse and conclude with an array of humanitarian-themed performances at 7:00 p.m. in Walton Center Auditorium.  All proceeds from the event will go to Habitat for Humanity.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Three George School juniors—Trisha Hibbs, Nora Minno, and Meredith Zoltick—organized the event in conjunction with faculty sponsor Rachel Fumia.  "The community has definitely come together," Meredith said.  "People are donating anything they can."  Trisha, Nora, and Meredith have reached out for participants in both the George School community and the local community to create the event.  The art show will feature mixed media work produced and donated by students, faculty, and others at George School.  The silent auction will include artwork contributed by local professional artists, along with various items (such as gift certificates and baskets) donated by the following Newtown businesses: Center Club of Newtown, Dragonfly Ltd., LaStalla Restaurant, Meglio Pizzeria Inc., Newtown Book and Record Exchange, The Pro Shop of Newtown, Studio Thirty Five Salon, and The Zebra-Striped Whale.  Minno and Wasko Architects and Planners in Lambertville, New Jersey, donated to the silent auction as well.  Refreshments for the art show and silent auction will be contributed by Piccolo Trattoria in Newtown.

The performance portion of Art for Relief will showcase approximately ten to fifteen short pieces by George School students and a professional dance company, With His Grace Dance Ministries.  In addition to dance, instrumental and vocal music, videos, and poetry, the humanitarian-themed program will include an original dramatic scene about Hurricane Katrina, written and enacted by students in a George School drama class.  "There are so many people here who are talented," Nora said.

Meredith explained that she and the other student organizers devised Art for Relief to promote awareness of the continued plight of natural disaster victims.  "People are still suffering and still need our support more than ever," she said.  While there were several successful fund-raising efforts within the George School community last fall to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina, Meredith, Nora, and Trisha believe it is important to remember that people are still suffering from that disaster, as well as from the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the October 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan.  They want to support an organization that works globally to help victims of those and other disasters, so they chose Habitat for Humanity as the recipient of the Art for Relief proceeds.

Nora characterized Art for Relief as a fun and hopeful event. "Whether it's in our own country or halfway around the world, we still have something to give," she said.  Meredith said she hopes that anyone in the local area who appreciates art and wants to help others will attend the event.  "We're trying to get our whole community involved," she said.