The Lord loves us! It rained all Friday night and most of the day on Saturday, but at 4:00 p.m. the sun came out and dried everything. We had the most beautiful evening for our Foundation fundraising event on The Barn’s Memorial Walkway and Patio. The crowd was lovely, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the food.
With budding artist Charlotte Gerhart. Charlotte is the daughter of my friend Chip Gerhart, who first gave me my very own P. Buckley Moss Lily that was developed by Perfect Perennials in York, PA.
A lovely group of collectors, family, and friends enjoyed the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education’s fundraising dinner last Saturday evening.
With Dr. Linda Wilson, President of the Moss on the Chesapeake Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society. Linda is a former member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and was at The Barn Sunday selling raffle tickets for her chapter’s fundraiser to support the Bay School of the Arts in Mathews County.
In addition to teachers’ grants and scholarships for students, the Foundation also sponsors an annual Summer Art Enrichment Program (SAEP) for children. This year’s program took place the week of June 15-19, with the theme of “Down on the Farm”. The SAEP was held at the Foundation’s new office located at 108 South Wayne Avenue in Waynesboro, Virginia. Children aged 6-8 attended the two-hour class from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, and children aged 9-11 attended from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The children painted abstract farm animals and landscapes, including a barn and crops, and made and decorated scarecrows for a 3-D effect on their landscapes. They also created sunflower ink blocks.
The 2015 Summer Art Enrichment Program was held at the Foundation’s new office in downtown Waynesboro, VA.
Students learned about the color wheel and how to blend colors to make new colors.
The Foundation and I thank the Central Iowa, Trees of Life, and Moss in the Valley Chapters for each sponsoring a child for the program and are especially grateful to the Lake Marburg Moss Chapter for sponsoring six children. Several of the Foundation’s students were referred through the Waynesboro Area Learning Tree (WALT), which serves at-risk and low-income students. Of the 26 students, ten were given scholarships to attend.
Now, I’m gearing up to participate in a panel discussion on “Virginia Tech Women Making an Impact” for Virginia Tech’s Women’s Weekend this Saturday. Hosted by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Women’s Weekend is designed for women to connect and celebrate with others who love Virginia Tech.
The first wedding to take place at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech occurred this past Saturday. The lucky couple was Pat Whitlow’s nephew Jay and his bride Traci. Pat Whitlow is the President of the Moss on the James Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society. Congratulations!