Artful Living Event to Benefit Fairfax Area Families in Need

April 6th, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lisa Whetzel, 703-273-8829, exdir@ODBFairfax.org

Note: Our Daily Bread changed its name to Britepaths on July 21, 2016

FAIRFAX, VA (April 6, 2016) – Fairfax-based non-profit Our Daily Bread (ODB) invites the public to attend a special evening of art, wine and strengthening community in association with the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival to benefit the families it serves in the Fairfax County area who are working toward financial self-sufficiency. “Artful Living” will be held on Saturday, April 23, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax City (3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030).

Attendees will enjoy a juried art show featuring works by local artists that will be available for sale, vote for their favorite work, enjoy live music by local Latin-jazz band Batida Diferente, appetizers from Dolce Vita, wine from Pearmund Cellars, and a craft beer tasting featuring the Washington Post Food Section’s 2016 Beer Madness “Final Four” beers. Art work will be offered for sale. A live auction with auctioneer Edwina Oronoff will offer items including a game-day experience with Jayson Werth and the Washington Nationals, a Wolf Trap evening at the opera experience, an Outer Banks vacation rental, and a wine basket featuring several special vintages. During the evening, an Our Daily Bread Project BRIDGE Program client will speak about her experiences working with ODB’s staff and volunteers to move herself and her family from a place of need to one of true financial self-sufficiency. Admission is $45 per person in advance and $50 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at www.ODBFairfax.org or at the event. Contact 703-273-8829 or info@ODBFairfax.org for more information. Proceeds will benefit Our Daily Bread’s programs to provide financial education and mentoring, emergency food, financial aid and seasonal assistance to working families throughout the Fairfax County area who are struggling to make ends meet. A portion of the proceeds will also go to the Spotlight on the Arts Festival Scholarship Fund.

More than 60 works by artists from throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area will be on display at the juried art show. The art speaks to the theme: “Our community is filled with people we see every day and yet we do not know their challenges or their stories. Art is used to illustrate, illuminate and share our experiences through many different lenses. Use your artistic ability to illuminate ‘seeing the beauty within.’” The works will be judged that evening by local artists: Mercia Hobson of Herndon, a ceramic artist and painter; Chantilly-based fine art photographer Peter Toth; and Jessie Whitten of Falls Church, an artist, designer and teacher. Prizes will be awarded in the categories “Best of Show” and “Best of Media,” and a ribbon will be awarded for “People’s Choice.” All art works displayed will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Our Daily Bread’s clients. In keeping with ODB’s past tradition of hosting an Empty Bowls event, handcrafted bowls by local artists will also be available for sale during the event.

ODB Executive Director Lisa Whetzel said, “We are so excited to partner with Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts for another year to celebrate art and our community. There are so many ways that art can illuminate and help us understand ourselves and the lives of others. Art has the ability to transform lives, which we feel speaks to our mission to empower those among us who are struggling to transform their lives. We hope everyone will join us for this unique evening of art, wine and strengthening our community that offers us an opportunity to look at the world around us through a different lens.”

Artful Living is made possible by the generous sponsorships from the following organizations and individuals: CORASCloud, Human Touch LLC, Ken and Linda Kozloff, Merritt Properties, Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes and Whole Foods Market Tysons, Apple Federal Credit Union, EagleBank, Glenn Hediger and Nancy McLernon, Team Frieman at Morgan Stanley, Giant Food and NOVEC HELPS. Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are still available.

Our Daily Bread is in its 32nd year of providing assistance and a way forward for struggling individuals and families throughout the Fairfax County area. The organization relies on funding and volunteer support from the community to provide supplemental food, emergency financial assistance, financial mentoring, budget classes and free financial counseling, an intensive Project BRIDGE program to foster long-term self-sufficiency, the Naomi Project to mentor at-risk new and expecting mothers, holiday assistance and back-to-school assistance. More information is available at www.ODBFairfax.org.

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