Artful Living Event to Benefit Fairfax Families in Need

April 13th, 2015

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

Our Daily Bread Hosts Evening of Art, Wine and Strengthening Community
as Part of Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival

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

FAIRFAX, VA (April 13, 2015) – 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 30th Annual 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 Friday, May 1, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax City (3740 Old Lee Highway).

Attendees will enjoy a juried art show and participate in a popular art contest, enjoy live music by local Latin-jazz band Batida Diferente, wine and appetizers from Dolce Vita Restaurant, and a craft beer tasting featuring the "Final Four" from the Washington Post Food Section's "Beer Madness 2015." Art work will be offered for sale. Delegate Ken Plum will serve as a celebrity auctioneer, offering up items that include a game-day experience with Jayson Werth and the Washington Nationals, a wine basket featuring six excellent vintages from the West Coast, a luxurious Wintergreen vacation home rental, and a performance and dinner package for the Wolf Trap Opera and National Symphony Orchestra’s Madama Butterfly. During the evening, an Our Daily Bread client and volunteer mentor will speak about their experiences. Admission is $40 per person in advance and $50 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at www.ODBFairfax.org or at the event. Proceeds will benefit Our Daily Bread’s programs to provide financial education and mentoring, as well as emergency food, financial aid and seasonal assistance to working families throughout the Fairfax County area who are struggling to make ends meet.

Artists from throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area have submitted works for 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 a way to illustrate, illuminate and share our experiences through many different lenses.” The works will be judged that evening by local artists Lee Love, a Washington, D.C.-based photographer; Mercia Hobson of Herndon, a ceramic artist and painter; Chantilly-based fine art photographer Peter Toth; and Herndon portrait artist Jordan Xu. 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 and ceramic art will also be available for sale during the event. Our Daily Bread is pleased to have Human Touch LLC and Ken and Linda Kozloff as our event sponsors. Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are still available.

ODB Executive Director Lisa Whetzel said, “We are so excited to partner with Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts for a second year to celebrate art and the community that supports our work. 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.”

Our Daily Bread is in its 31st 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 Fairfax community to provide supplemental food, financial assistance, financial mentoring and budget classes, 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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