The $390,000 total includes $34,000 raised by an auction featuring five life-size elks. Three of them were painted by local artists and two were left blank for the winners to decorate.
The elks and the funds they raised include:
- "Watercolors“ elk by Shar Shosh: $5,000
- "Painting the Town” elk by Jessica Good of Wine and Canvas: $9,000
- “From the Land” elk by Kayleigh Anne Weber-Byer: $6,000
- Blank elk #1: $7,000
- Blank elk #2: $7,000
The names of the winners of the elks are not publicly available, but Stacey Anderson, CAPS event coordinator, said it was a mix of “local businesses and generous individuals.”
This year, local artist and trained therapist Anna Ryan Drew worked with preschoolers in CAPS’ Building Blocks Laboratory Preschool to create a 17-foot mural for the event using their hand and footprints.
The project aimed to teach kids how to use art as a conduit for working through hard emotions.
“That was incredible because not only did it help our kids get involved with the auction, but it taught them some valuable lessons,” Anderson said.
The funds raised from Vines and Steins will be used to support CAPS’ seven programs and start new initiatives.