The third annual Wine and Art Party fundraiser will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 2 at Southwestern Energy in Conway.
Organizer Anne Trussell said because of "amazing sponsors" for the event, all proceeds would go to the Children’s Tumor Foundation, which raises awareness and funds for neurofibromatosis (NF) and research.
She said she and her friends, Steve and Vivian Griffith, came up with the idea because she was looking for something in Conway that would raise awareness and research funds for NF, but also be fun for everyone in the community.
"We were having our traditional US Pizza and champagne one evening a few years ago and Vivian, who has a background in fundraising, suggested we do an event like Wine and Art," Trussell said. "They both know of my dedication to running and raising awareness on the NF Endurance Team and wanted to contribute to this wonderful charity as well."
Trussell first became involved with the Children’s Tumor Foundation in 2012 when she started running and went on to join the NF Endurance Team where she was team co-captain for three years. She has been fundraising for the foundation for four years, but wanted to do more, knowing so many close to her living with the disease that affects all types of people of varying race, age and gender.
"My husband, Larry, and I feel like we can really make a difference with fundraising, volunteering and raising awareness," she said.
While neurofibromatosis occurs in one out of every 3,000 births, Trussell said the sickness is not talked about very often.
"NF causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body causing pain, disfigurement, learning disabilities, paralysis, blindness, deafness and even cancer," she said. "There is currently no cure."
The event is a way for Trussell to communicate the needs, hopes and possibilities regarding NF.
"It means maybe I help us get one step closer to a cure," she said. "Maybe I help prevent someone from losing a child. Maybe these research dollars can help find a treatment that will at least relieve some suffering [and] I get to spend time working with and for a great group of people."
General tickets for the event are $25 and premiere tickets are $100. Premiere ticket holders will receive an original 8x10 art piece, wine and food, enjoy music from entertainers and have the chance to take part in a community painting by Steve Griffith that will be auctioned off. Three other raffle items will also be included in the night. Raffle tickets are $10 each, six for $50 or 15 for $100. General ticket holders will be able to enjoy all of the previous, with the exception of the 8x10.
Former KATV news anchor Christina Madsen will be singing alongside John Beasley, William Cone, Stuart Holt and Matt Parks for the event.
"The event has very special meaning to me because it raises money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation, a group that I had done several stories on as a news broadcaster," she said.
For more information about the event or to purchase tickets visit www.classy.org/ctfwineandart2016.
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