Art & MIssion Celebrated At New Home Fundraiser
Another Life Pieces supporter turned a move from Dupont Circle in Washington, DC to the Mount Vernon neighborhood into a fundraiser for Life Pieces To Masterpieces. Torrey Lee, an IT consultant, checked in with Walla Elsheikh, a friend of his who he knew was involved with the local nonprofit community if she could recommend any great organizations. As the chair of the Young Professional Board for Life Pieces To Masterpieces, Walla immediately mentioned immediately mentioned Life Pieces.
Lee had worked for Anthony Williams for three years managing grants for nonprofits serving at-risk youth so he had a particular passion for organizations helping young people.
He contacted the Life Pieces’ development department and was invited to attend a Circle Time, Torrey was drawn in by the mission and felt a connection through the intimacy of the event. "The stories of the kids and what they have been through and where they come from and the art they created moved me," says Torrey. “Also how Life Pieces To Masterpieces was helping them improve their lives and feel better about themselves is pretty powerful.”
Torrey worked with Life Pieces to have several paintings by the apprentices on the wall of his new apartment, knowing it would raise interest and might result in some sales. He had the fundraiser with about 50-60 guests in his new apartment and there was a great deal of visibility raised for Life Pieces and interest in the art. The event raised $300, yet equally important was the fact that three of the party attendees attended Circle Time sessions within the following weeks and two signed up to become active with the Young Professionals’ Board.
Lee plans to stay connected, despite a busy schedule that has him traveling all the time. Torrey urges others to find a way to support Life Pieces To Masterpieces. Even if you can’t give 20 hours a week as a volunteer, there are lots of different ways to get involved. Every bit helps. He recommends a fundraising event as a great way to spread awareness of the issues and the need and why supporting Life Pieces is so critical. "You never know what kind of relationships are borne out of an event like that. Find time that allows you to do something."