The 2nd Annual Chalk for Charity fundraiser will be presented by the Knights of Columbus and the Lakeland Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association on February 2, 2013. Artists will use chalk and liquid tempera as their medium. Kentucky and Tennessee Avenues in downtown Lakeland, Florida will be their asphalt canvas.
Chalk for Charity will take place from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Judging of the outdoor art will be at 4:00 p.m. Sponsors can purchase a 6ft x 6ft, 9ft x 9ft, or 12ft x 12ft space. The funds raised from this year's event will go to the Lakeland Knights of Columbus Global Wheelchair Mission. The Global Wheelchair Mission provides wheelchairs to those in need around the world. Since 2003 over 20,000 wheelchairs have been donated. Some of the funds raised will be used to support The Lakeland Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association, which supports police academy scholarships and projects of the Lakeland Police Department.
Some of the 2013 event sponsors include: Pilka & Associates, P.A. (represented by artist Tim Ritter); Lakeland Electric (represented by artist Roni Francos); and Catholic War Veterans (represented by artist Eileen McHargue). Ms. McHargue won third prize in Lakeland's 1st Chalk for Charity event with her drawing of a veteran who posed for 8 hours in a wheel chair. BK Lyons of Tampa and Ernest Craft, III of Lakeland are two of the local artists that plan to participate in this year's event.
Chalk for Charity attendees can purchase tokens to vote for their favorite works of art. Prizes will be awarded to the artists who receive the most votes. There will also be a Professional Award presented. There will be a children's area where parents, grandparents, and guardians can purchase small squares for children to display their creativity. Parking in city garages will be free during the event.
Artists and business sponsors interested in participating in the 2nd Annual Chalk for Charity event should contact Steve Jones (Director, Chalk for Charity). All art materials will be supplied at no charge. Mr. Jones can be reached at 863-688-8787. Or, an email message can be sent to ChalkforCharity@tampabay.rr.com.