Celebrating the Arts fundraiser at Waimea Valley

Friends of Sunset Beach (FOSB), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing art and music education to the North Shore community’s youth, today announced their ninth annual fundraiser, Celebrating the Arts, will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 5:30 – 10 p.m. at Waimea Valley Pikake Pavilion. Live performances by Landon McNamara, Tyke James from NBC’s The Voice, Tiara Hernandez and other special guests will round out a night of silent and live auctions with art from some of Hawaii’s most accomplished professionals. Each year, the ticket sales and art auction sales from this event raise money to provide the supplies and salaries for educated art and music instructors to teach at Sunset Beach Elementary—neither art nor music education are in the public school’s budget. This 2018-2019 school year, FOSB has been able to fund full-time art and music instruction, as well as supplies, for the K-6 students at Sunset Beach Elementary. Art teachers Lilly Barels and Steven Kean and music teacher Tiara Hernandez are now teaching daily. In the past eight years, FOSB has raised approximately $260,000, serving 450 Sunset Beach Elementary students annually, in addition to 700 more children throughout the year, hosting pop-up art tents at community events like the Menehune Surf Contest where children can take part in painting, crafts and other forms of artistic expression for free. “Although art is generally the first course to go in budget cuts, it is often recognized as one of the most important aspects of a child's development,” explains FOSB Board Member Suzannah Kennedy. “By participating in the arts, children become more connected to themselves and the world around them. This strengthens their bond to their community and helps foster characteristics of being a good neighbor. Our long-term goal is to have enough funds to support art education at other North Shore schools. Currently, we are adding hours to our art curriculum at Sunset Beach Elementary and funds raised will cover this expansion. We will also continue to grow the music program and purchase instruments.” Young people who participate regularly in the arts (at least weekly) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate. In fact, many studies in public schools have found that greater arts education led to fewer disciplinary infractions and higher attendance, graduation rates, and test scores. Celebrating the Arts is one of the North Shore’s most magical evenings, with live music, special guests, food and beverage from Ke Nui Kitchen, and silent and live auctions with art from some of Hawaii’s most accomplished professionals. Welzie is the evening’s featured artist. His happy and vibrant art is made out of fiberglass and resin, just like a surfboard. His murals are hidden all over the island, from Kaka‘ako to Hale‘iwa. In addition to original silent auction pieces, Welzie’s live auction art is a customizable art piece for a family. This is a 16 x 32 and can be illustrated to represent a family with a choice of favorite Welzie characters like the Pineapple Family, the Happy Fish Snorkeling or Happy Sharks. A private commission includes a visit to the Welzie Art Studio, an opportunity to meet Welzie, and collaborate on a fun art project for the kids. General admission tickets are $60 each, however if guests purchase online by February 22, early bird tickets are only $50. For sponsorship, VIP tables and to purchase tickets, go to: http://www.friendsofsunsetbeach.org/fundraiser/

Celebrating the Arts fundraiser at Waimea Valley