ELKHART — A local nonprofit group is once again putting the “elk” in Elkhart.
Child and Parent Services of Elkhart County, or CAPS, is auctioning five life-size elk statues June 13 at its annual Vines and Steins fundraiser. Three of the elk were painted by local artists, and for the first time, CAPS will offer two blank statues that the winning bidders can customize.
Last year’s event raised more than $400,000 for CAPS, which works to strengthen families and prevent abuse. Three elk sold for $69,000.
This year’s fundraiser at the Northern Indiana Event Center in the RV/MH Hall of Fame will feature wine and craft beer tasting with appetizers from The Matterhorn. Live and silent auctions will include unique hand-etched bottles of wine, jewelry, dinners and, of course, elk.
Artist Kayleigh Anne Weber-Byer designed an elk that she dubbed “From the Land.” She painted the statue in a Van Gogh landscape style and was inspired by the lyrics of “America, the Beautiful.”
Wine and Canvas’ Jessica Good designed her elk, “Painting the Town,” to include local landmarks intertwined with famous paintings throughout history.
The final elk, “Watercolors,” was painted by Shar Sosh. It is covered from head to hoof with inspirational quotes and whimsical designs.
Tickets for the fundraiser are $100. To reserve tickets call Stacey Anderson at CAPS at 574-295-2277 or email email@example.com.
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