Yesterday, Chandler Center for the Art’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) visited the Chandler Police Department. YAC were hosted by Officer Robin Valenzuela. The council received a tour of the shooting range, police car and jail cells – they even got to try on a bullet proof vest!
The tour was full of dialogue with the officers. YAC learned about the legal and safety issues that will effect them as they transition to adulthood. The devastating long-term effects and legal punishment of sexting and bullying were also discussed. Over all, the evening was informative and fun for the entire group.
We are looking forward to YAC’s upcoming fundraiser on February 9, 2013. Each year the new council takes on a fundraiser event. This year the fundraiser will include a Wayne Newton pre-show raffle, mystery box and silent auction. The goal is to raise enough money to send four kids to our three week summer camp (approx. $2,000). People wishing to send donations for the YAC Summer Camp Scholarship may donate at any of our shows or send money to Chandler Center for the Arts (Attn: YAC Fundraiser) 250 North Arizona Avenue Chandler, AZ 85225.
Each year Brighton Collectibles stores give back to their communities by holding a nation-wide fundraising competition between their stores. The fundraising period stretches over a couple of months and each store location selects a charity within their community to benefit from their fundraising efforts. This year the Chandler Fashion Center store selected the Chandler Center for the Arts Connecting Kidz program to support.
We had a lot of fun working with the store manager and associates to get the word out about the fundraiser and it paid off…big time! The Chandler Fashion Center’s location won their company’s philanthropic national competition by raising the most money. They raised over $8,100 for CCA’s Connecting Kidz program!
As a result of their win, the other stores across the country sent their inventory of limited edition American Flag bracelets to the Chandler store to extend their fundraising initiative. The store celebrated their win and the extension of their fundraising efforts this past Saturday at Chandler Fashion Center with a performance by the Mallet Masters.
If you missed out this summer, there is still time to purchase this bracelet. “Vote” for the Arts and the Connecting Kidz program in Chandler by buying the American Flag bracelet! The remaining bracelets will be sold through October 27.
Call (480) 726-0263 to order yours today or stop by the store. Thanks Brighton! You guys rock!
It’s been a great year for trying new things at the Center.
We tried and succeeded at Eat Your Art Out.
We tried and succeeded with our Youth Advisory Council.
And we’re trying something new again starting on Saturday.
We needed something else in the summer. People tend to flee Phoenix in the summer, partly because of the heat, and partly because there is nothing to do because of the heat. We saw a void, and we’re trying to fix it.
3 Evenings For The Arts is a fundreaiser designed to fill that void, help kids and bring the community together, all in three shows. Once a month from now until September, we’re asking people to bring their friends, family or people they like to hang out with to the Center, take a chance for some awesome prizes, see a great show and help build Chandler into something stronger.
The prizes that you can win differ from show to show, so I’m asking that you come to as many as you can. The performers are top-notch, the wine from Chateau Ste. Michelle are phenomenal (they are sponsoring the wine tastings at each show) and it’s a chance to help the arts in Chandler become better than what it is.
Our first show, “Remembering Mr. Cole, A Tribute to Nat King Cole”, is this Saturday night and I have a list of the fan-tabulous prizes up for grabs here.
You can get tickets to each show individually, or the whole series if you like. Individual tickets can be purchased here, but series ones can only be bought at our box office, either in person or by calling 480-782-2680