ELKHART — The elk population in Elkhart County will grow by three this summer.
CAPS is adding to its gang of 30 painted elk statues to raise money for its child abuse prevention programs, continuing a tradition started in 2011 as part of the nonprofit group’s ElkArt on Parade fundraiser.
“There were people who were disappointed they didn’t get an elk last time,” said Kim Cammenga, co-chair of the events committee for CAPS. “So, we have three outstanding local artists who will create original designs to add to the herd.”
Three elk were delivered Wednesday, March 6, to artists Diane Overmyer, Carime Patel and Dr. Whitney Richmond, who were tapped by CAPS to use the blank statues as their canvases.
“First, we looked for artists who were not involved last time,” said Stacey Walworth, CAPS events specialist. “There were a number of talented artists who had an interest but were not able to do it before, for one reason or another. Secondly, we wanted artists who have a local following. CAPS is a local organization and always looks for ways to lift up our own community.”
The three new elk will be part of the CAPS Vines and Steins auction. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. on June 14 at the RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart.