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Virtual Quilt Announces New Fundraiser Competition

Known for her philanthropic interests and concern for humanity as much as for her music, former Los Angeles, California-based singer-songwriter and owner of Hot Sauce Records Elle Ven has a new  In fact, Ven, the creator, and founder of the organization has just announced their latest charity event, Fall Challenge. The Fall Challenge is taking place from now through October 1, 2016.  But first, for those readers who have not yet heard of The, here is a bit of background on the subject in question:

What Does it Do?

Presently based in Lexington, Kentucky, encourages school students of all ages to use their personal creativity to raise funds for local causes such as their schools by uploading images of their new or existing artwork to the free digital platform.  Once a picture has been uploaded the artist chooses his or her favorite local non-profit organization from the drop-down menu and the competition officially begins.  From there the origin of the artwork is even mapped.

Contributors are permitted to enter images of existing or new work in any media.  All artwork subject matter must be appropriate for public viewing. The pictures of the original artwork included in the online exhibit and interactive community website aid in increasing awareness about local charities.  


Students have reportedly already used their numerous works of art in online competitions to help promote and support various causes. Examples include Athens West, Dress For Success Lexington, E7 Kids Cafe, LexArts, the Lexington Art League, the Lexington Humane Society, the Lexington Philharmonic, the Lexington Public Library, the On The Move Art Studio, The Nest and The REP Theatre. Ven notes that the Grand Prize for the Fall Challenge is $2,000.00.  The cash award will go to the charity that has the most virtual quilts (collections of online artwork) submitted in their name.  Only the charities which have a minimum of 3,500 uploads will qualify for the Fall Challenge Grand Prize which ends October 1.  

Ven is also the creator of Giving into The Groove.  Give into The Groove is an annual art, music and fashion charity event.  The Grand Prize funds are made available through various grants from this foundation.

What are the Awards?

She reported that in a previous year “a total of $5,000 was awarded” to half a dozen different public schools.  “Those funds were made available by Giving into the Groove and LexArts.”  To students thinking of participating in this worthwhile event, she added: “Your school’s Virtual Quilt will be available online and winning quilts will be exhibited at the Lexington Public Library at our award ceremony.” While this specific challenge is limited to local charities, Ven is keeping an open mind towards expansion.  In fact, when questioned about it she was all in favor of it.  In a brief e-interview, she said: “I would actually love to expand outside the state!”

Ven stated: “We would like to make it available to any school.”  Of course, this would require additional funding.  Ven concluded, however, that The Give Into The Groove Foundation is always happy for any and all donations to aid in helping this charity to grow. 



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