ELKHART — Three elaborately painted elk statues have found new homes among the flowers at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens and outside two Elkhart County companies.
A trio of statues auctioned off earlier this month to benefit Child and Parent Services will be on display to the public within the next few weeks at three locations in the county. Donors raised more than $460,000 on June 14 at the Vines and Steins event through auctions that included the three elk, marking most successful fundraiser in the nonprofit organization’s history.
The three new elk will be added to the 32 already on display throughout the county.
The “Elktoberfest” elk painted by Goshen dentist Whitney Richmond will be displayed in front of Star Design, 25837 Borg Road, Elkhart. The elk was painted and sculpted to resemble an antique German beer stein, much like the ones Richmond’s grandfather collects. The statue sold for $42,000.
An elk painted by Northridge Middle School art teacher Cari Patel and her students brought in $20,000 for CAPS. “Seasons Through the Eyes of a Child” will be placed in front of Welch Packaging’s corporate headquarters at 1020 Herman St. in Elkhart.
The final elk, named “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” by Wakarusa artist Diane Overmyer, was bought for $7,000. The elk will be placed at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens, one of Overmyer’s favorite places to paint.
“Although this auction was so successful in raising money to go toward programs at CAPS, which advocates for the children and families who need it the most in our county, more funding is still needed to make an even greater impact,” said Kim Cammenga, CAPS board member and Vines and Steins organizer, in a news release.