EVICS Thanks Community for Art Gala Support
by Executive Director Nancy Almond
Once Upon a Time….a small village came together to celebrate local art and support young children, families, and early childhood education! Thank you to all who came out to support EVICS’ 3rd Annual Art Gala Fundraising event held on November 9th at the Trout Haven Event Center. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed colorful art created by our youngest community members, and the many truly unique pieces contributed by talented local artists. The EVICS Giving Tree gave guests the opportunity to support specific program needs, such as childcare scholarships, professional development materials, preschool music classes, and supplies for home visits.
The event raised $10,000 to support EVICS on-going programs, and generated additional gifts to support EVICS’ move to become a Family Resource Center. EVICS has moved to a new home at 1182 Graves Ave, Unit A, and is pursuing membership in the Colorado Family Resource Center Association. After one year of membership, EVICS will be eligible for critical pass through funding which will provide more sustainable support for the program. EVICS is deeply grateful to the following donors who have contributed one-time gifts to offset start-up costs of the new Family Resource Center: Bank of Estes Park, Buell Foundation, Town of Estes Park, Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, John and Peggy Lynch, The Goodwin/Bolgeo Family, and the Newendorp Family.
The Art Gala was truly a heartwarming evening as friends came together to insure young children in our community have what they need to thrive. EVICS staff, Board of Directors, and families extend a heartfelt thank you to all who contributed, sponsored, and attended the event. It truly takes a village to raise a child – and no village does it like Estes Park!
Ho-ho-ho and mistletoe! It’s the merriest time of the year – right? However, for busy parents, it’s awfully easy to get overwhelmed by the demands of the season, and overlook opportunities to help children make meaning of the “season of giving”. Take some time this holiday season to reflect on what you really want to instill in your children. Here are some tips for how to downplay consumerism and focus on creating lasting traditions:
Remember why we do this. Whether we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or another winter celebration, we do so to remember that miracles happen. That even on the darkest nights of the year, we can light a candle and share the light. The rituals that we observe connect children to their family heritage, and create memories that stick with children for a lifetime.
Get everyone in the family involved in the celebration. Even very young children can be included in spreading holiday cheer. Go closets and donate items you haven’t used during the year and other items you don’t need. Have the children go through their toys and books to choose items to give away to others who are less fortunate.
Give in ways that matter. Children naturally want to give, so capitalize on the opportunity to teach about charitable giving. Choose a charity that you will support as a family. The amount you give is not important, but the act of giving teaches children empathy and caring. Let your children choose something that is important to them, or take a family vote!
Choose clutter-free gifts. Giving thoughtful gifts to remind folks how much we love them can be a beautiful part of the season. Children’s art, baked goods, a framed photo, or a recording of a favorite story, are meaningful gifts cherished by the recipient.
Clear the calendar for fun. Carve out some time for family togetherness and spend it making memories. This is the most valuable gift you can give one another. Whether baking and decorating cookies, making your own gift wrap, or snuggling in with popcorn and a stack of holiday movies, the important thing is that everyone is sharing the experience together and memories are being made.