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Help Out: May 12, 2013

By Staff reports

Daymark benefit gala

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The annual gala benefit for Daymark Inc. starts at 6 p.m. May 18 at the Executive Air hangar on Airport Road.

"Fly Me to the Moon" is the theme of this year's gala, which will feature a cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres and dinner, followed by dancing. Music and entertainment will be provided by Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.

Tickets are $100. For more information, call 304-340-3675 or click on the "events" page at www.daymark.org.

The evening benefits each of Daymark's programs: New Connections, Patchwork and Turning Point.

Tree sculpture

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- On May 2, the Tamarack Foundation dedicated its first sculpture by Mark Schwenk in the Sculptural Tree Garden on the grounds of Tamarack.

The foundation is a statewide organization providing support and economic development opportunities to West Virginia's artisan entrepreneurs. The three-phase public art project will raise awareness of the foundation and create a permanent sculptural garden supported by Tribute Gifts.

"These gifts are commemorative gifts that have been made in honor of or in memory of a person who the donor wants to acknowledge in a special way," said Sally Barton, executive director. "The project goal of $120,000 will enable the artists associated with the Foundation the opportunity to work with fellow artisans, art teachers and children statewide to create a meditation sculptural garden at one of our state's most visited tourism sites.

Eventually, there will be five tree sculptures in a garden with contemplative benches, an art wall and a pathway made by children of sustainable and recycled materials. To sponsor the project or purchase a personalized brick, contact the foundation at 304-926-3770 or visit www.tamarackwv.com/foundation.

Best basket benefit ever

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The seventh annual "A Tisket, a Tasket, a Literary Basket" silent auction last month was the most successful ever, raising more than $46,000 to benefit programs and services for the Kanawha County Public Library system.

Nearly 300 guests attended the event, bidding on the 84 literary-themed baskets on display.

The basket auction is hosted by the Friends of the Library Foundation volunteer group.

"I am thrilled at the tremendous response we received from the community," said Anne Silbernagel, chairwoman for the event.

Said basket chairwoman Cheryl Crigger Morgan, "Now, more than ever, the library needs the support of the community to ensure that Kanawha County Public Library can continue to promote reading and provide literacy and educational programs for everyone."

Major sponsors for this year's basket auction were Kanawha Valley Advertising, Columbia Gas Transmission, Karen and John Lukens, Stuart Calwell, Katy and Steve White, Jane and John Ray, Anne Silbernagel, Lisa and Larry Pack, William Maxwell Davis, WCHS-TV8, Dr. Steven Jubelirer, KISRA, Julia and Tom Hurney, Brian and Lena Glasser, ZMM Architects and Engineers, Huntington Bank, AT&T and Lewis Glasser Casey and Rollins LLC.

The deadline for submissions to Help Out is noon Wednesday for the following Sunday. If you would like a response from the public, please provide the name and telephone number of a person who can be listed in the newspaper. Send information via email to earle@wvgazette.com, by fax to 304-348-1233, or by regular mail to Help Out, The Charleston Gazette, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301.


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