On the evening of November 18th – the office of Helping People Succeed was transformed into a gallery of art unveiling its annual event Pinot & Picasso. The featured artists were those who were selected for the 2018 Art for Living Calendar.
Graciously hosted by Bill Lichtenberger – the event raised more than $80,000. In addition to fine wine, festive food stations in a “speak easy” atmosphere, there was a special performance given by Alexandria Paxton. Alexandria, now age 12, is a rising star in the music world. She played and sung the song “Daddy’s Girl”. Alexandria and her family were introduced to Helping People Succeed in “Play Groups” that Alexandria participated in when she was a toddler.
An original James Gibson painting, donated by Joan Jefferson, fetched $2,900.00 in the Live Auction and Erich Lichtenberger was the winner of the “hole-in-one” contest which landed him two VIP tickets to the Honda Classic.
Art work was sold at the event to benefit Helping People Succeed by the 2018 Art for Living Calendar artists. Present were Kelly Arnold, Sue Ann Mosley-Saleeby, Marian Vitale, Chris Kling, Dan Mackin, Pam Patterson, Kathy Pitts, Val Lally, Susan Roberts, Ginny Jones, Jillane Heveron, Karen Leffel-Massengill and Susan Fowler.
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It’s that time of year when Helping People Succeed distributes its popular Art for Living Calendars, available for residents and guests at local business outlets, including Barnes & Noble Book Store in Jensen Beach. The calendars are $20 each, with this year’s art work designed by 13 local artists.
The following artists will be on hand for the calendar signing at Barnes & Noble between 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 10 at Jensen Beach. On hand will be: Kelly Arnold, Chris Kling, Sue Ann Mosely Saleeby, Karen Leffel-Massengill, Pam Patterson, Val Lally, Dan Mackin, Kathy Pitts, Susan Roberts, Ginny Jones, Jillane Heveron, Marian Vitale, and Susan Fowler.
Thanks to Helping People Succeed’s Baby Steps program and their expertise in baby calming techniques, parents are learning ways to comfort their babies resulting in reduced stress during the often challenging newborn stage. It’s all part of the Happiest Baby Program offered by Helping People Succeed for the last 10 years.
Bliss Browne, the founder and president of Imagine Chicago, will serve as Helping People Succeed’s Board Chair on the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee County. In this new position, she is prioritizing community engagement, fundraising, and strategic collaborations. Helping People Succeed will launch its first capital campaign this year.
One of the first projects to be coordinated since Browne became Chair was moving Helping People Succeed to a new permanent location, in Jensen Beach off Savannah Road. The expanded site offers larger space for programs and public events. It will transform into an exhibit space for this year’s Pinot & Picasso fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday, November 18.
As a kick off for the opening of Helping People Succeed’s new facility, officials from five local Chambers of Commerce, and many guests were on hand for a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony, introducing “Our New Home” at 1601 Braille Place in Jensen Beach.
Browne, who presided at the event, spoke of the importance of public / private partnerships to sustain critical support work for vulnerable populations: “I am inspired by the chance for us as a whole community to build a truly permanent home base where we can sustain the vital work of building productive lives through training, employment and community connections.“
Helping People Succeed has been on the move in the last month – moving to new offices at 1601 NE Braille Place off of Savannah Road in Jensen Beach and announcing its new Board Members for 2017-2018. With 5,100 families served by the organization and approximately 125 staff members, the recent changes will only enhance its mission.
“We’re thrilled to have this new opportunity for our organization,” said Suzy Hutcheson, President/CEO of Helping People Succeed. “In business more than 53 years and currently serving five departments – Baby Steps, Healthy Families, Behavioral Services, Employment Options and Community Connections – we are pleased to present this new look for our clients in a one-story structure.