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Art for all Generational Hearts!

elizab1brought to you by Elizabeth Wunsch, Volunteerwoman

A beautiful night for an auction. A spanning of generations. A gift for old and young. Art from the Heart!

The Madison Retirement Community in Sun City West wanted to help children in need. Hungry children. How does one do that in an exciting way? What organization has a program to feed hungry children? St. Mary’s Food Bank Kid’s Cafe Program was there answer. The program provides after school meals to children across the Valley who are in need. The meals are prepared each day by senior volunteers at St. Mary’s Food Alliance’s Westside facility.

Older generation extending their hearts to the youngest.

How could one help Kid’s cafe and get the message of “Heart” across? The Madison decided to hold an auction.

An auction of artwork provided by the children who are receiving Kid’s Cafe meals. The artwork depicts their hopes and dreams of the future.

pretty-ladiesMy heart was taken when I felt the joy of one of the seniors when she purchased on of the pictures. Carolyn, a vibrant soul, was ecstatic because she had won the bid on a picture of a veterinary hospital that one young girl had created. Carolyn’s daughter owns five veterinary clinics in New York City and will be receiving this picture as a gift from Carolyn. Hope and joy for three generations! Many fine pieces of hope from aspiring children helped raise money for the Kid’s Cafe Program!

A special shout out to The Madison for an inspiring idea, especially Crystal McRae, the sales/marketing director who helped coordinate the event and Jim and Brigitta Augustine, Managers of The Madison who hosted the unique benefit. Thank you to Peter Piper Pizza who donated pizza prize packs for the students. Kid’s Cafe Queens Laura Brill and Jessica Herrera coordinated the art projects from all the different sites. Hats off to VP of Development Jack Marks and his wife Lois attended and spoke at the event and Business Development Officer Christina Calio championed this event with her enthusiasm to spread the word and get the community rallied behind local businesses for St. Mary’s Food Bank.

How can helping others inspire you? What can you do to bring the generations together and help others in need? The ideas are endless and putting them in action is a community effort worth the sweat equity. If you have an idea you want to put into action, contact us today.

Elizabeth Wunsch, Volunteer (Super) Woman



p.s. For more information on Kid’s Cafe, click this link.



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Join Us this Saturday


The Madison Retirement Community Hosts Auction to Alleviate Childhood Hunger 


WHAT: 1st Annual Art from the Heart Auction, sponsored by The Madison Retirement Community, will serve hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments


WHEN: 6 p.m. November 8th


WHERE: The Madison, 18626 Spanish Garden Drive, Sun City West, AZ (623) 584-1999


WHY: To raise awareness of childhood hunger in Arizona and raise donations to support St. Mary’s Food Bank’s Kid’s Café® programs


INFO: (602) 621-0526


ABOUT THE MADISON: The Madison, owned by Holiday Retirement, is one of more than 300 elegant retirement communities throughout the United States and Canada, and is located in Sun City West. The Madison is luxury living that offers exquisite service and fine dining. The live-in management team provides safety and comfort to our residents, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The entire staff provides stimulating activities, off-site excursions, transportation to appointments, and basic housekeeping and maintenance chores to residents. At The Madison, all amenities are included, there are no buy-ins or leases.


ABOUT KID’S CAFÉ®: St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, the world’s first food bank, is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that operates programs such as Kid’s Café®, which serve as many as 1,800 meals a day to hungry children. During the fiscal year 2006-2007, Kid’s Café® served a total of 401,420 meals at 39 sites for children 5 to 18. The mission of Kid’s Café® is to alleviate childhood hunger in Arizona by providing nutritious meals to children at-risk of hunger in a safe, accessible and nurturing environment…because no child deserves to go to bed hungry. Info: www.FirstFoodBank.org. Phone: 602-242-FOOD. 


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