June 1, 2017

Many of you attended/contributed to a fundraising event I helped to organize in January for our local Promise Council. We had a lovely evening of entertainment, but more importantly raised funds for local children and families.

The overall goal of Promise Council is to generate funds to provide physical and mentoring resources so each student has the opportunity to be competitive in school.

It is my pleasure to announce that 10% of all gallery sales for the month of June will be donated to Promise Council for the upcoming school year.

For more information on the program, the website is www.promisecouncil.org


May 1, 2017

This month's charity is one you may not have heard about, as it is a rare genetic disorder. Peroxisomal Biogenesis Disorder (PBD) is a degenerative disease, with only a few hundred children diagnosed worldwide. Most children do not survive past the age of 10 and there is currently no cure or treatment available.

I was approached by Alan Chapman shortly after opening the gallery. He resides in our community and is the grandfather of Max, who was diagnosed with PBD shortly after birth. After receiving the diagnosis, the Chapman family became involved with the Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders (GFPD) and have raised nearly $100,000 to date.

On May 18-19 the Chapman family will host their 2nd annual "Tee It Up!" Golf and Reception. All proceeds will go to fund GFPD.

It with great honor that 10% of gallery sales for the month of May will be donated to GFPD to further the study and hopefully the eventual cure of Peroxisomal Biogenesis Disorder.


Autism Awareness

April is Autism Awareness Month. Much has been reported yet the simple fact is that 1 in 68 American children are diagnosed with autism.

The Autism Society has historically promoted awareness during the month of April, but this year they are taking it a step further and encouraging folks to gravitate to a place of acceptance.

I would like to introduce you to a 4-year-old girl named Julia. Julia was diagnosed with autism and is the newest member on Sesame Street. She began as a digital character, but now can be found among the other Muppets. According to one of Julia’s friends, “it takes Julia a little longer to take in the environment because she sees the world differently.”

Sesame Street has always been an advocate of diversity and acceptance so it comes as no surprise that they are leading the way with their newest character.

It will be my privilege to donate 10% of all gallery sales for the month of April to Autism McLean (formerly Autism Society of McLean County)

Easterseals of Central Illinois

The first recipient of the JMG will be Easterseals of Central Illinois. The overall mission of Easterseals is to ensure that people with autism, developmental delays, and disabilities have equal opportunity to live, learn, work, and play in their communities. The folks at Easterseals work tirelessly to support children and their families with the goal to make profound and positive differences in people's lives every day.

If you would like more information on Easterseals in your community, go to www.easterseals.com.