Art with a Heart in Healthcare held its second annual Wine Dinner fundraiser on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and the sold-out event managed to raise more than $46,000 in net proceeds with donor support.
The funds will help provide an artist in the pediatric chemotherapy and hemodialysis infusion clinic at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Funds will also help provide high-quality art supplies and fine art experiences to young patients coping with cancer, trauma and adversity to heal through creative expression.
The event, sponsored by Atlantic Coast Marine, attracted 120 guests at Royal Palm Village Wine and Tapas in Atlantic Beach and featured locally sourced gourmet dining and wine parings, a live and silent auction, and presentations about the nonprofit, among others.
Art with a Heart in Healthcare programs and services funds a team of staff artists, community volunteers and interns from the University of North Florida and master’s students from the Arts in Medicine program at University of Florida. Together, they create art that helps to reclaim the child from the illness. Patients are from Palm Coast to St. Augustine to Jacksonville and Fernandina Beach, and beyond. The nonprofit’s team of artists and volunteers have served tens of thousands of patients and their families in Northeast Florida at Wolfson Children's Hospital, Nemours Children's Specialty Clinic, St. Vincent’s Medical Center and Mayo Clinic.
“Art with a Heart in Healthcare holds its annual Wine Dinner fundraiser as one of several ways we benefit from generous donations from those who support our mission,” said Christy Ponder, executive director and artist in residence of Art with a Heart in Healthcare.