2014 Vines and Steins event raises $390,000 for Child and Parent Services of Elkhart County

Some of the funds raised came from the auctioning of five life-size elks, three of them painted by local artists.

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 4:53 p.m.

ELKHART — An evening of art, food and libations helped raise $390,000 for Child and Parent Services (CAPS) of Elkhart County

The annual Vines and Steins fundraiser was June 13 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame. CAPS is a nonprofit that works to prevent child neglect and abuse through a variety of programs.

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. 

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