A great article about the charitable community collaborative in our waiting room makes us proud!
Southborough – Since last
year, artwork has been displayed and sold in a gallery with proceeds going to charities including the New England Center for
Children (NECC), a school in Southborough whose mission is to transform the lives of children with autism worldwide through
education, research and technology. Some of the artwork is created by NECC students and other pieces by contributing artists.
officially launched with an open house Oct. 9 in the waiting room of J. White’s Automotive at 1800 Worcester Road in
Framingham, near the Southborough town line and close to NECC. This ongoing collaboration was organized by Shirley Warren,
the business’s general manager, who felt compelled to help the cause.
“I had a co-worker whose son went to NECC and her
story really touched my heart,” she relayed. “It feels great to foster a spirit of community, and to use our space
and energy to help others in need. We earned over $700 already for NECC, even before we let people outside of our customers
know about we’re doing.”
The students’ artwork continually revolves. When a piece is sold it’s replaced with another. Pieces displayed
have been created during art enrichment classes with crayons, colored pencils, markers and paint, explained Courtney Howe,
NECC marketing coordinator.
“Unlike typical kids, leisure activities don’t come naturally to our students,” she said. “Our
teachers really go out of their way to teach leisure activities, such as art enrichment, for them to do during their downtime.”
also displays pieces by contributing artists, Warren noted.
“Artists donate pieces of their work and are sold with 100 percent of the proceeds
going directly to NECC,” she said. “The artists are getting exposure and they’ve made a charitable donation.”
NECC is grateful
for this fundraising venue, noted Lesli Cashin, NECC campaign coordinator.
“The money raised goes directly to our annual fund,
which covers things that tuition doesn’t cover,” she said. “It goes to supplies like iPads, new furniture,
enrichment activities, the prom and field trips.”
Some student artwork will also be included in a silent auction during NECC’s 12th annual
“A Night of Music,” to be held Saturday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m., at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. Emceed by Dan Rea
of WBZ NewsRadio 1030, the gala will feature dinner, dancing and musical performances by NECC students.
A live auction will include a
commissioned piece by a particularly gifted 12-year-old student artist, whose work has previously been featured in this fundraiser.
Last year, his piece captured the spirit of Fenway Park. This year, he’s creating a piece based on architectural renderings
of a new building that NECC is currently constructing, Howe explained.
“His stuff has been very popular at the auction,” she said “People
always look forward to seeing his art pieces.”
Tickets for “A Night of Music” must be reserved in advance. For ticket information,
visit necc.org or contact Rachel Bond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about the gallery,
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Art by autistic students to be displayed
Art by students at Southboro-based New England Center for Children will
be on display at an open house from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 9 in the waiting room gallery at J. White's Automotive, 1800 Worcester
Road (Route 9), Framingham.
The young artists from NECC, an international agency that serves children with
autism, range in age from 3 to 22. The display will also include work from artists with ArtLifting, an organization that sells
originals and prints of artwork by homeless and disabled people.
"We're very thankful to J. White's
for coming up with an innovative way to fundraise for our students. What J. White's is doing is so important for our students,
and sets a great example for other businesses in our community," said NECC CEO and founder Vinnie Strully.
There is no set price for the students' artwork. Buyers are encouraged to pay whatever they are comfortable with and consider
it a donation to NECC's Annual Fund.
The proceeds go to the fund, which provides materials for art and music
and to buy library books. NECC's annual fund makes it possible for students to participate in activities such as a prom, a
field day and bowling trips. It also provides funding for iPads, computers and other communication devices used by the students.
The money also allows for renovations to student residences and has been spent on new playgrounds.
the special student art program last year. Some student artwork will be included in NECC's 12th annual "A Night of Music"
event to benefit the students. The gala, featuring Dan Rea of WBZ NewsRadio as the emcee, will be held Nov. 1 at Mechanics
Hall in Worcester, beginning at 6 p.m.
The evening will include cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, live and
silent auctions and musical performances by NECC students, Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Jazz Ensemble, Medwin Honors
String Quartet and Stage Band, along with jazz vocalist Linda Dagnello.
Some student artwork will be included
in the silent auction. The live auction will also feature a commissioned piece by a 12-year-old NECC student.