Art auction raises money for orphans

The HALO Foundation’s Sixth Annual Artreach Auction is from 7-11 p.m. on Friday, March 7, at the Community Room at Capital Mall in Jefferson City.

Joyce Neuenswander, director of Jefferson City’s HALO Learning Center, said two things make this year’s auction different than past ones — the location and the food.

“Instead of appetizers, this year’s dinner is by Domenico’s,” she said.

She said the auction will feature artwork from the kids in Uganda and Mexico, as well as artwork from local artists and donations from area businesses.

Tickets for the event are $30 a piece or $500 for a table of 10 and can be purchased at the Jefferson City HALO Learning Center or online at halojeffcity.org.

HALO Learning Center program director Elle Benage said proceeds benefit the orphanage the organization sponsors in Kampala, Uganda, and the Center’s programming in Jefferson City.

“We provide art therapy and future-based programs for at-risk youth in Jefferson City,” Benage said.

The center helps youth at the Jefferson City Academic Center, Jefferson City High School and the Rape and Abuse Crisis Service.

Benage said the Artreach Auction is a great way for community members to support area at-risk youth.

“It’s also for people interested in supporting orphans in developing countries,” she said.

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