SARASOTA, FL- Easter Seals Southwest Florida is celebrating art throughout the community with their 4th Annual Design & Wine event on Friday, February 28, 2014. The exceptional, community-focused celebration provides artists with disabilities, including local artists, the opportunity to display and sell their spectacular, one-of-a-kind artwork in a mutually supportive and jovial atmosphere. The up-beat affair will include an art auction, live music, savory food, and spirited drinks, all in a unique airplane hangar setting from 7 to 10 P.M. – with an earlier private reception and wine tasting at 6 P.M. for VIP ticketholders – at Dolphin Aviation located at 8191 N. Tamiami Trail.
The Easter Seals Southwest Florida contributory annual event, Design & Wine, supports the broader Easter Seals mission – to provide exceptional services and ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs, and their families, have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities – while also helping to further their specialized Art Initiative Program. This program utilizes art in order to help those living with disabilities to increase hand/eye and physical coordination, focus, and other therapeutic skills in an effort to encourage self- expression and help develop artistic skills based on their unique abilities and challenges. This magnificent program not only provides a platform for these artists to gain a sense of accomplishment and build self-esteem, but also helps encourage them to take great pride in creating and sharing their works worth others.
“We believe that the power of creating art knows no boundaries, and we are honored to help these artists share their work in our community,” said Easter Seals Southwest Florida Community Relations Director, Caroline Tanner. “Although many of our artists face huge hurdles, like being confined to a wheelchair, having limited mobility, and dealing with intellectual challenges, the art work they create is simply incredible and a real testament to the true beauty of unique expression.”
Easter Seals Southwest Florida 4th Annual Design & Wine event will be held from 7 to 10 P.M. on Friday, February 28 at the Dolphin Aviation located at 8191 N. Tamiami Trail. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Art Initiative Program, pay for supplies and directly benefit the artists themselves. Regular admission tickets are $50 and VIP tickets – which include a one-hour, private pre-reception and wine tasting beginning at 6 P.M. – are $75. Sponsorship opportunities are also available and greatly appreciated. For more information, tickets or sponsorship opportunities please contact Caroline Tanner at 941.355.7637 ext. 410 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.