Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR) and co-chairs, Amanda and Stephen Jaron, will host the Big Impressions by Little Artists gala on Thursday, March 28, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Naples Art Association. A VIP pre-party reception will take place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The evening begins with an IMMERSIVE ART EXPERIENCE in the open air with DJ’s, The Burner Brothers, a silent auction, gourmet food stations and several artists creating artwork live. The event concludes in THE WATSON GALLERY with a dessert bar, live auction and performances by the Naples Performing Arts Center.
Big Impressions by Little Artists celebrates the finer things—fine art, fine craft, fine wine, fine food, and the fine art of dessert. Every taste, sound and experience will transport guests from the ordinary. Even the live auction boasts the unusual. Live auction lots include an original artwork by a featured artist, jewelry, and an experience such as a hotel stay and concert tickets. Featured artists include Elvis Swift, Emily James, Holly Manneck, Marvin Rouse and Julie Magardino.
Artists creating work live at the gala are Paula Brody with children from CCCR’s programs, Nalin Isme, Alanna Jaron and Marcus Zotter. These artists are multigenerational, ranging from 4-years-old to teen and adult. The silent auction will have typical items as well as original art by over 30 local artists. Naples Performing Arts Center will perform show tunes to finish the night on a high-note.
(Video clip of artist Paula Brody collaborating with 4 and 5-year-olds on an art piece that will be constructive LIVE at the event with the assistance of a few CCCR children.)
Guests are requested to wear their most creative cocktail attire. This is a chance to think outside-the-box and feel the freedom to express one’s creativity. Tickets are $125 per person.
VIP tickets are $175 per person VIP Tickets include swag bags and a meet the featured artists pre-party reception. Sponsorships are available. Tickets and sponsorships are available online at http://www.bidpal.net/cccrgala or call (239) 643-3908.
All proceeds benefit Collier Child Care Resources and help provide partial tuition assistance for the children of low-income, working families who could not otherwise afford the cost of a high-quality early education. Without high-quality early education, these children are at high risk of starting kindergarten behind their peers. CCCR uses the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy that incorporates daily art experiences to aid in the development of young children’s social, emotional, academic, and motor skills.
Niccole Howard, Executive Director of Collier Child Care Resources said, “Many of the children enrolled at CCCR’s Centers are from low-income working families and are at-risk for academic failure in the future. We strive to provide a high quality early childhood education for the 300 children we serve annually. We are also mindful of those who need additional positive experiences to ensure their future academic success.”
CCCR operates four early childhood development centers in Collier County, and at least 80 percent of the children enrolled are from economically disadvantaged families and receive CCCR financial assistance. CCCR also offers resources and educational opportunities for children, families, and early learning professionals to raise the quality of early education throughout the community. To learn more about Collier Child Care Resources, visit www.collierchildcare.org or call (239) 643-3908.