SARASOTA, Fla. – World-renowned performance painter Michael Israel is hosting a live fundraising show to benefit The Payton Wright Foundation (PaytonWright.org), a not-for-profit organization that provides financial support to families nationwide who have children fighting brain cancer.
For a third time, Israel has joined forces with the nonprofit to bring about awareness and generate financial support for this worthy cause. On October 3 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, guests will enjoy an interactive and unique show by Israel, who will create five 6-foot by 4-foot paintings to be auctioned off during the event.
“We are thrilled to have Michael Israel back to support our foundation,” said Patrick Wright, co-founder of The Payton Wright Foundation. “His unique and fascinating performance is always emotional, poignant and breathtaking. Additionally, we will bring awareness and education about pediatric brain cancer to the forefront with three of the nation’s top pediatric neuro oncologists in attendance – Dr. Sridharan Gururangan from Duke Children’s Hospital and Dr. Ana Aguilar and Dr. Amy Smith from Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando,” said Wright.
The VIP party begins at 5:30 p.m. with a meet-and-greet cocktail hour with Israel and the patron cocktail hour reception starts at 6 p.m., with dinner, libations and the program beginning at 7 p.m.
“To experience Michael’s work is to be swept up in a fantastic maelstrom of emotion,” said Holly Wright, co-founder of The Payton Wright Foundation. “You can’t help but give in to the electrifying current of energy coursing between artist and observer. His performance encompasses a multitude of components and that’s why we knew we wanted to feature him again at this year’s event,” she said.
Attending the event to show his support, Dr. Gururangan treated Payton Wright, Patrick and Holly Wright’s 5-year-old daughter, who succumbed to brain cancer. “The Duke Pediatric Neuro-Oncology program is proud to have the Payton Wright Foundation as a partner in the fight against brain,” said Dr. Gururangan. “The work we do is rewarding but also challenging, and The Payton Wright Foundation truly embodies the slogan ‘No one fights alone!’”
Patron tickets are $200 and VIP tickets are $350. To purchase tickets or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, call 941-228-4886 or visit www.PaytonWright.org.
The fundraiser’s sponsors include Altmed, Flowers by Fudgie, SiestaKey.com, Southern Jet, Spotlight Graphics, S&S Motorsports, Sylvan Learning, Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation, The Law Offices of Eric C. Fleming, P.A., The Observer Group and United Therapeutics, a $1 billion biotech company.
About The Payton Wright Foundation
The Payton Wright Foundation exists to help support families who are caring for a child with brain cancer. Patrick and Holly Wright established the Sarasota-based nonprofit following the passing of their 5-year-old daughter, Payton, who succumbed to brain cancer. The Payton Wright Foundation works with families, physicians and social workers to provide practical relief for things such as fuel, food or housing expense so that families can give full concentration to their child’s care and treatment. For more information, visit www.PaytonWright.org or call 941-228-4886.
About Michael Israel
For more than four decades, beginning as a child in the early 60s on the walls of his parent’s home, Michael Israel has ventured beyond the traditional and accepted styles and “norms” of art. Since then Israel’s work has touched millions. He has shared limelight with celebrities, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and world leaders alike. He has painted and presented at some of the world’s grandest venues, including Grimaldi Fourm in Monte Carlo, the Olympic Medals stage in Salt Lake and presidential events in Washington, DC. Israel has helped inspire compassion and bring millions of dollars in support for numerous charities. To learn more, visit www.michaelisrael.com.