It takes a village of people to plan and execute a successful event, and Expressions: An Art Benefit for ShelterCare is no different. Our village includes dedicated artists, committed community volunteers, generous business partners and compassionate event sponsors. We are so humbled by the outpouring of supporting for this event and our work in the community. We wanted to take a second to introduce to this year’s event sponsors. These caring businesses are all working to create a vibrant, equitable and thriving community. Thank you!
Why do you feel that giving back is an important part of building a thriving community?
"Philanthropy is an essential thread in the fabric of any community. Giving back lifts us all up as we are completely interdependent on the success and health of all members of our community. The nonprofits in our community, like ShelterCare, do an excellent job at investing contributions in the most effective ways in order to make the biggest impact."—Kerrie Johnson, Owner and Loan Originator, Gallic & Johnson Financial
How does art build community?
"At its core, we believe art is about understanding. It teaches us, it inspires us, and it helps us express ourselves in ways we otherwise could not. Through our products, sponsorships, and enriching educational programs, we strive to build communities the same way—teaching, inspiring, and empowering artists of all levels to create, share, and, in turn, care for others in their own communities. Bringing people together through art is at the heart of everything we do." —Hillary Darland, Director of Philanthropy and Employee Enrichment, Imagination International
In your opinion, how does art help improve health?
"Creating or experiencing art improves both physical and mental health by enhancing mood and imagination and stimulating healing. Kaiser Permanente exists to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve." —Jennifer Jordan. Community Benefit and Government Relations, Kaiser Permanente
What does home mean to you?
"Home is a place to center yourself. It is a safe place where you find relaxation and comfort. Stonewood Construction is proud to be in the business of creating homes. We are also happy to support an organization like ShelterCare who is creating safe places for those in need." —Achelle Frichette, Owner/Design Consultant, Stonewood Construction