Naples, FL, February 12, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Easter Seals Florida 17th annual Naples Invitational Art Fest raised $98,000 to support Easter Seals’ autism programs in Southwest Florida. The Naples Invitational Art Fest is a juried show that was ranked 31st in the United States in the September 2013 edition of Sunshine Artist magazine, the nation’s premier art and craft show magazine.
This annual show included more than 140 fine art and craft artists in a variety of mediums. Art Fest judges Arturo Correa and Marvin Manning named painter Don Plumridge and jeweler Antoni Kozlowski Best in Show.
“The Naples Invitational Art Fest is unique in Florida and the country because the proceeds benefit a 501(c) 3 organization, Easter Seals Florida,” said Douglas Sharpe, Art Fest Chair. “Our sponsor contributions, the donations contributed by attendees as they entered the gate and proceeds from silent auction works donated by participating artists directly benefit Easter Seals’ services in Southwest Florida. These include the Lily Academies, K-12 schools in Fort Myers and Naples for children with autism, clinical services, consultations and community training, and adult residential and day training.”
2014 Naples Invitational Art Fest sponsors include Arthrex, Publix, Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner and The Naples Daily News.
For more information about Easter Seals Florida contact Taire Malloy at TMalloy@fl.easterseals.com or (239) 992-4680 ext. 17101.
About Easter Seals Florida
The Naples Invitational Art Fest benefits Easter Seals Florida. For 65 years, Easter Seals Florida has been offering help, hope, and answers to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in their communities. Easter Seals Florida provides a wide range of community based services in Southwest Florida. These services include Lily Academies, K-12 schools in Fort Myers and Naples for children with autism, clinical services, consultations and community training, and adult residential and day training. For more information, call (239) 992-4680 or visit www.fl.easterseals.com
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 88 children in the United States, and one in 54 boys. The prevalence of autism has increased 600 percent in the past two decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.