Orlando, FL, October 17, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- HG Art and Framing Consultants is partnering with Michael Reagan of the Fallen Heroes Project to honor soldiers who have given their lives in the war against terrorism. For those that have a family member killed as a soldier in the War Against Terrorism, photos and memories is all they have left. Using the family’s favorite photo, Reagan creates professional custom hand-drawn portraits free of charge to the families of all servicemen and women who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in America’s War Against Terrorism. Reagan’s project has resulted in over 1200 portraits to date.
When HG’s president Russell A. Glotfelty saw Michael Reagan’s story on the news, he knew he had to get involved in any way he could. He found contact information for the project and contacted Reagan suggesting HG partner with Reagan by custom framing each portrait free of charge. Reagan happily accepted the offer, replying “At the beginning of this project, 1200 portraits ago when my wife asked how we would pay for this and I just turned that over to God, it was people like you that he sent me.”
Glotfelty and Reagan’s partnership will result in Reagan’s drawings being presented to the families in a custom matted frame. Reagan comments “we are doing this all for free and sadly a lot of the families receiving my portraits just don't have the money to get them framed.” Glotfelty feels that it’s a small part of what Reagan is already doing. “He has dedicated his time and resources to comforting the families of these brave soldiers, the least we can do is to help him provide a beautifully finished memoriam.”
As a Vietnam War veteran, Michael Reagan understands and empathizes with the extreme challenges faced by servicemen and women, as well as the ultimate sacrifice their families make. He started the Fallen Heroes project after receiving a request for a custom commission from the wife of a soldier killed in Iraq. He makes it clear that all requests for drawings of soldiers killed in the War Against Terrorism will be honored. The requests can be made by a spouse, a parent, immediate family member or friend of the family.
The Fallen Heroes Project: Michael Reagan is an internationally-recognized portrait artist who has assisted charities such as the Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center raise over $10 million through his drawn and donated autographed celebrity portraits. As a portrait artist for more than 30 years, Reagan has drawn approximately 10,000 portraits including over 1500 portraits of celebrities, professional athletes, U.S. presidents and other heads of state. Being a US Marine Combat Vietnam Veteran himself, understands what loss and suffering means to these families and the pain they are enduring. Thus the reason Michael has dedicated his life in helping these families heal.
HG Art & Framing Consultants (HG) was founded in Orlando in 1981 by Burton Schultz and taken over by the Highsmith family in 1984. Under the visionary leadership of Russell A. Glotfelty, HG’s President and Managing Director, the firm’s services have evolved to include art publishing/giclee’ printing via high resolution capture, custom-designed in-house artwork, and further represents original works from a collection of internationally-acclaimed artists.
HG’s client list reads like a “Who’s Who of Hospitality Design” including corporate giants such as Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Marriott International, the Hilton Corporation, Renaissance Hotels and Hyatt Hotels. Additionally, the company’s roster of interior design and architectural clients include prominent firms such as Marc Michaels Interior Design, Godfrey Design Consultants, WATG, Duncan & Miller Design, VOA and RTKL. HG has established relationships with the country’s largest theme parks, including a longstanding relationship with Hard Rock Cafes’, casinos and hotels. The firm has participated in providing artwork for interior design projects that have consistently been the recipient of the prestigious annual Aurora Awards that represent the Grammy’s of design excellence in new home-building in the Southeast U.S. Additionally, HG has professional affiliations with The Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA) and the Frame Guild of America.