‘Artscapade’ to raise money for local teachers

“Artscapade,” an evening of art auctions, wine tastings, fun and friendship Feb. 20, will raise money to be shared with public school teachers across northern Beaufort County.

The Northern Beaufort County Public Education Foundation’s event will be held Feb. 20 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at ARTworks Gallery in Beaufort Town Center on Boundary Street.

“We have an amazing selection of artwork for sale, including works by regional artists and by our Beaufort County students,” said Laura Eggers, vice-chair of the foundation. “Last year we raised more than $7,000 and this year our goal is $10,000-plus. The money we raise helps support grants to teachers in public and charter schools across northern Beaufort County.”

Admission is $20 per person and includes wine tastings provided by Southern Wine & Spirits and Bills Liquors and Fine Wines. Wine may be purchased at discount during Artscapade with the vendors contributing extra money to the foundation.

Tickets are available at ARTworks and also will be available at the door the night of the event.

“We’ll have wine tastings with bottles and cases available for sale, and we’ll have a wonderful spread of food provided by local restaurants, caterers and food vendors. When you add in the art show, it’s a great way to spend an evening and support a good cause,” Eggers said.

Artwork will include professional and amateur works. Photography, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, textiles and other art will be sold by silent auction. Each piece will have a minimum bid. More than 80 items will be auctioned.

The Northern Beaufort County Public Education Foundation, founded 20 years ago, has awarded dozens of teachers with grants totaling more than $13,000 since mid-2012.

“Our goal is to target public schools in northern Beaufort County, which historically have not had the outside support enjoyed by schools in other parts of the county, and to assist teachers in doing things they might not ordinarily be able to do because of lack of funding,” said Jim Grimsley, chairman of the Northern Beaufort County Public Education Foundation.

The organization has been helping fund teacher projects for more than 20 years. After several years of dormancy, the foundation revitalized itself with a new Board of Directors in early 2012. The latest grants were disbursed in October, 2013.

Donations may be sent to the Northern Beaufort County Public Education Foundation, P.O. Box 486, Beaufort SC 29901-0486.

For more information about the foundation and Artscapade, visit www.beaufortteacherfund.com.

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