Art Event Supports Healthy Living Initiatives
#ArtMatters, and brought together AHRC Nassau staff, volunteers and community members to successfully raise money for AHRC Nassau cooking and CrossFit classes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The “An Artist Afternoon” event, held on April 2 at St. Paul’s Church in Bethpage, included canvases, painting supplies, guided instruction and refreshments – as well as an opportunity to come together with local community partners.
Organized by Lynne Brewer, community relation liaison at AHRC Nassau, the event was linked to the Altice Connects | Charity of Champions, a competition promoting volunteerism in high school students. Selected programs receive $250 in seed money and an automatic donation of $1000 to the high school’s choice of charity. Farmingdale High School will enter the competition with AHRC Nassau as its charity of choice.
“Being a retired teacher from Farmingdale High School, I reached out to one of my former colleagues, Mr. Corey Sterler, to partner for this event,” said Brewer. “We decided to start a ‘Commit to Be Fit’ program of healthy eating and exercise.”
Healthy cooking classes are held in Plainview on Monday nights and CrossFit classes on Tuesday nights at Farmingdale High. CrossFit 231 in Bablyon has been volunteering to run these classes.
“We needed funds to continue to support these programs,” said Brewer. “Many of the staff had been asking for this event and it all came together! Now we have funds to support both the cooking and CrossFit classes!”
Gallery of Images for An Artist’s Afternoon