Amanda and Stephen Jaron were amazing co-chairs of CCCR’s signature fundraising gala “Big Impressions by Little Artists”. The event was held on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 6-9 p.m. at the Naples Art Association to benefit CCCR’s early learning programs that assist low-income and at-risk young children.
Amanda Jaron is the owner of A.Jaron Fine Jewelry, located in the Bayshore Arts District of Naples. Jaron has been designing jewelry since she was a child. After gaining her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jaron worked for fashion powerhouses in New York City, including Givenchy, Tommy Hilfiger, Nine West and Jones NY. Later she led the design team at AVON Products. During her decade in NYC, she also crafted runway pieces for exclusive couture fashion houses of Europe.
Stephen Jaron is the founder and owner of Renovate & Restore, LLC/Echelon Construction Co, LLC, a residential and commercial construction business. Amanda Jaron says of her husband, “Stephen feels he has mastered the craft of balance. While he, himself, is not an artist, he is a huge supporter of the arts every day! He prides himself on being able to balance the operations side of running a business with architects/interior designers & living in a creative household.”
Big Impressions by Little Artists celebrates the finer things—fine art, fine craft, fine wine, fine food, and the fine art of dessert. Featured artists included Elvis Swift, Emily James, Holly Manneck, Marvin Rouse and Julie Magardino. Artists that created work live at the gala are Paula Brody with children from CCCR’s programs, Nalin Isme, Alanna Jaron, Emily Schaab 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 performed show tunes to finish the night on a high-note.
Co-chair Amanda Jaron says, “This was not your ordinary gala. This was an IMMMERSIVE ART EXPERIENCE.”
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.