2018-02-08 / News

Feb. 24 art fundraiser to support autism awareness in county

LAPEER — At the Forever Friends Network in Lapeer, art can heal — or at least raise awareness.

On Feb. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, participants can learn to paint a portrait of a tree in honor of autism awareness. The cost is an advanced payment of $35, the proceeds of which go to support the Forever Friends Network (FFN) in their effort to provide autism awareness and support for families in Lapeer County.

All supplies and instruction will be provided, and light refreshments will be served. “It’s pretty neat,” said FFN founder Regina Starr of the scheduled artistic interpretation of a tree that will be taught to attendees. “There’s a heart made up of puzzle pieces dangling from a branch, which is the autism symbol.”

Painting design and instruction is done by Vicki Thomas of art studio Visions By Vicki, who is no stranger to the Lapeer area. Born and raised in Lapeer, Thomas said she tries to give back to local nonprofits and charities whenever the opportunity arises. “My roots are still in Lapeer and we try to do one fundraiser a month, but I have a hard time saying no,” said Thomas.

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Thomas, 50 percent of the proceeds will go towards Forever Friends

Network fundraising. “When (Regina Starr) approached me and asked if I wanted to do this I said absolutely,” Thomas said. “I used to work in the middle school in Lapeer with emotionally impaired kids so I can relate.”

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