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Academy kicks off fundraising drive

Auction of themed rockers, Florida getaway raffle part of this year’s 2-month campaign

STERLING – “Art Rocks!” is the theme of Woodlawn Arts Academy’s annual fundraising campaign.

“‘Art Rocks!’ sends the message that art truly has a strong impact on the lives of those who embrace and explore their creativity!” Christy Zepezauer, executive director, said in a news release. “We see ourselves as that rock, the foundation for all artists to learn and grow in the arts. With support from our community, we will continue to offer quality artistic opportunities and continue to offer scholarships to those who need assistance.”

The 2-month campaign ends July 31; community members are receiving cards in the mail. Cash donations may be made in person, at or mailed to 3807 Woodlawn Road, Sterling IL 61081.

In addition, people can bid on themed rocking chairs painted by area artists. The chairs will be on display at the academy, at Wednesday’s Sterling Municipal Band Concert at Grandon Civic Center; at Northland Mall from July 1 to July 12; and at various other community events. Final bids will be due at 8 p.m. July 26 during Fourth Fridays.

The academy also is raffling a weeklong stay at a condo in Manasota Key, Fla. – with a swimming pool, access to 450 feet of beach along Lemon Bay, and two bedrooms plus a loft – worth about $1,400. Raffle tickets are available at the academy through July 31; at Wednesday’s band concert and at July’s Fourth Fridays.

Tickets are $10 or three for $25. The winner will be chosen during Woodlawn’s Juried Art Show awards reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 31 at the academy. You do not need to be present to win. 

Woodlawn Arts Academy offers programming for all ages in visual, healing, culinary, domestic and literary arts, as well as in music, dance, and theater. Call 815-626-4278 for more information.


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