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"Colors of Banff" by David Markham. Photograph of lake with canoes and a mountain backdrop.

County employees raise over $16K for ArtsKC

The Board of County Commissioners recognized the efforts of employees this morning in raising $16,111.25 for ArtsKC. Campaign Chair Susan Pekarek, general manager for Johnson County Wastewater, reported to the board about the fundraising campaign that took place Feb. 1-28.

Employees kicked off the campaign with an art show and silent auction on Feb. 4, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. Employee-created art was on display and up for bids as a part of the fundraiser. The event also featured the performing talents of several county employees. After an organization-wide vote, Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) employee Anthony Oropeza’s works “Satchel Paige” and “Mahomes” took first and second place as the People’s Choice, respectively. David Markham, also from JCPRD, took home third place for his work “Colors of Banff,” pictured above.

ArtsKC is a nonprofit organization that promotes, supports and advocates for the arts throughout the five counties of the Kansas City metropolitan area. ArtsKC is most well-known for its grantmaking programs, helping local artists take their careers to the next level.

The ArtsKC fundraising campaign is one of three employee-driven fundraisers approved by the Board of County Commissioners. The other two are United Way and Feed the Need, which supports area food pantries.

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