RLC ART STUDENTS MAKE AMY CENTER BENEFIT UNIQUE

04/28/2011


Ladonna Richards (CENTER), executive director of the Amy Center, accepts a check from Rend Lake College students Christina Braun (LEFT) of Pinckneyville and Emily Doty of Scheller. CLICK HERE for a larger image. 


Barb Hampton, an associate professor of developmental reading and English at Rend Lake College, counts penny votes at the art department's benefit for the Amy Center. CLICK HERE for a larger image. 


Donations like this huge dinosaur were garnered by RLC art appreciation students and filled the North Oasis on campus. The dinosaur was part of the contribution from student Taylor Landers of Salem. CLICK HERE for a larger image. 


Students and staff from the Rend Lake College Foundation Children's Center arrived with their gifts for the benefit. CLICK HERE for a larger image. 


Students and staff from the Rend Lake College Foundation Children's Center arrived with their gifts for the benefit. CLICK HERE for a larger image. 

INA, Ill. - There was no shortage of creativity at the Rend Lake College Art Department's recent benefit for the Amy Center. Donations garnered by art appreciation students stuffed the containers they created exclusively for the event.

There was a low-rider, Poke'Ball, homemade shopping cart, oceanic toybox, pirate ship, castles, a treasure chest and more. Visitors voted with pennies for their favorite container and the top two students won prizes for their work. Between the donations, penny voting and a wine basket that went for more than $100; officials estimated that the event raised about $5,000 for the local organization that is an advocate for abused children.

Children from the Rend Lake College Foundation Children's Center also pitched in support. They arrived with staff from the RLCFCC to hand over the donations they collected.

RLC Art Professor Therese Melena said she was overwhelmed by the response from voters and contributors, and proud of the hard work her students put into the event.

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