8th Annual Undercover Artists Show Heads to the “Big Apple”

LogoJoin the Walton Foundation for Independence as it whisks guests away for “An Evening in the Big Apple” during the 8th annual Undercover Artists Show fundraiser on Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.

The popular annual event features food by Jennifer Shuford’s Tastefully Yours; music by Statler & Waldorf and The Henry’s; plus a raffle for a New York City getaway, with tickets to a Broadway show, and more. But as always, the highlight of the event is the undercover art auction, featuring original works by more than 100 local artists, community leaders and celebrities—with a twist. All artists’ names are hidden until the very end of the silent auction so that each piece can be judged and bid upon based on its own merit and appeal to the bidder.

The unique auction with its “undercover” artists underscores the idea that beauty is in the eye of the beholder—and that one’s abilities shouldn’t be judged by a preconceived notion, said Alice Salley, Associate Development Officer, Special Events, at the Walton Foundation for Independence. “It’s a wonderful concept that ties in beautifully to what we do here at the Walton Foundation for Independence,” said Salley. “Every day, we support programs and services so that people with disabilities in the CSRA and beyond can live, work and play successfully in their communities.”

The annual show raises funds for Camp To Be Independent, Walton Foundation’s summer spend-the-night camp for children and young adults ages 8 to 21 with an acquired brain injury. At camp, participants rush down zip lines, horseback-ride, create art, dance, sing—and enjoy countless other camp activities in a safe, medically supervised environment. Proceeds from the Undercover Artists Show fundraiser help send 50 children and young adults to camp every year, free of charge.

The 8th Annual Undercover Artists Show is presented by Barney’s Pharmacy. Tickets are $50. To make your reservations, contact the Walton Foundation for Independence at 706-826-5809 or email alices@www.waltonfoundation.net.