EATON — Bad Art Good Folk raised almost $82,000 to go toward Preble County Art Association programming, including education, outreach, and exhibits. According to Executive Director Vicky Fanberg, the excess funds raised could also go toward the PCAA’s new facility.
Bad Art Good Folk was created in 2015 as a fundraiser for the Preble County Art Association.
“The idea was to combine successful elements of other fundraisers I have been a part of. The concept is to get community leaders together to raise funds for the organization as well as spread awareness. The result is wonderful because it raises just as many friends as it does funds,” Fanberg said.
“The participants begin in January, meeting with their team artist and developing their artwork concept. They typically meet with their instructor weekly until their work is completed. In February they begin fundraising by collecting votes ($1 each). Many of the participants leverage sponsors to help their personal fundraising goals. Between the artists and myself we had 21 sponsors this year!”
Sponsors included: ProGrade Excavation & Demolition, LLC, Muha Constuction INC, Timken Steel, Kramer Auctioneers, RDA Group Architects, T&C Veterinary Clinic INC, Midwest Paint, Catron’s Glass, Lawn Plus, LLC, Somerville National Bank, Bullen Ultrasonics, Eaton Hometown Furniture, Saturn Electric Inc., Lewisburg Life, Lost Railroad Brewhaus, LCNB National Bank, Millcon Commercial Concrete INC, RTF Fire Protection, Prodigy Salon And Spa LLC, and Smith Transport.
Almost $82,000 was raised from the event on Saturday night. Team Cheri raised $43,000, while Dan Schmidt won as the “bad” artist who raised the most individually at $14,429.
“There are now 48 Bad Art Good Folk alumni including instructors. Every one of them has made this year successful,” Fanberg said. “[This event] generates needed revenue, but most importantly awareness and getting more people involved in the arts.
“It has allowed the PCAA to accomplish its mission each year – integrating art and culture into the community. Without the fundraiser we wouldn’t be able to offer the programs that we do and we would have less folks knowing about them.”
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