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The Art Of Giving

Norcross Art Fest embraces the spirit of community and gives back to numerous charitable organizations.

When festival-goers think of Norcross Art Fest, they picture colorful artisans, live entertainment, an energetic Kidz Zone, great food…and wonderful volunteers.  Perhaps, the most important feature of the award-winning annual event is the “art of giving” which happens behind the scenes.  In 2011, $12,000 of the proceeds raised for Art Fest were given to the Norcross Lions Club who distributed the much needed funds to local and community projects and charities.  This kind and friendly civic club helped start the annual celebration of the arts when it was called “Norcross Fall Festival” more than nine years ago.  Some of these worthy organizations that received money include:  Georgia Council for the Blind, Georgia Special Olympics, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Norcross Cooperative Ministries, Norcross High School, Norcross Meals on Wheels and many other important causes.  See the complete listing at www.norcrossartfest.com.

Be sure to stop by and see some of these wonderful organizations at their booths during Art Fest.  While you are there, check out the exhibits for Bow N Arrow Mentoring, Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA, Shen Yun Society of Atlanta, Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, Norcross Arts Alliance, The Impact! Group, Georgia Aquarium, Georgia Center for Humane Education, Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Annandale Village. And, of course be sure to stop by the Norcross Lions Club booth at the pavilion in Thrasher Park and purchase a hot dog and sno cone!

This year, Norcross Art Fest 2012 will once again give proceeds to help benefit these same deserving groups and non-profits that the Norcross Lions Club serves.  Each one of these recipients looks forward to the much-needed money to help run their services and activities.  And, be sure to bring any pair of eyeglasses that you no longer need for the eyeglass-recycling program of the Lions Club. Simply drop them off at either the Lions Club booth or at the Art Fest headquarters booth.

Norcross Art Fest is also very proud of its Chairs for Charity Program, which gives back all proceeds from this fun and colorful project each year to the local school cluster.  Chairs, benches, and imaginative furniture will be decorated and embellished by students of all ages (and their super teachers) for the annual silent auction that takes place on the streets of Art Fest. For more information on this popular Art Fest venue, see www.ChairsForCharity.org.

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