Have You Met Elena?

Today I want to introduce you to my good friend, Elena Lai Etcheverry who is the founder of Charity Wings, an amazing non-profit organization that spreads the gift of art to those who need it.  She is usually seen sporting a gorgeous set of wings which proves she is really an angel deep down!  She has set up a 6000 sf Arts & Crafts Center in the San Diego area, but her deeds reach much farther than that.  She works tirelessly to join efforts with so many charitable organizations to help fund-raise through arting events.  I met Elena at a Brave Girls' Camp in 2010 and was instantly drawn to her energy and creativity. 

She has faced some obstacles and brick walls in her fundraising efforts, yet she keeps on moving . . .In her own words, "The mission of the Charity Wings Art & Craft Center is to be an inspiring place for people of all ages to Gather, Give Back and Create; as well as to partner with other charities to give free classes to those who can benefit from the Hope, Happiness, and Healing that art can provide!"  Need I say more?

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In an effort to help out Elena and the Charity Wings Organization, I am offering a Mixed-Media Art Kit designed specifically for Charity Wings in my Etsy Shop.  100% of the proceeds go to Charity Wings!  The kit is packed full of beautiful artsy things like a wooden angel wing book, Westcott scissors, an exclusive Suzi Blu stamp, gorgeous papers and glimmering, glittery goodness - just to name a few!  I hope you will consider purchasing a kit to help Elena out.  You can find the kits HERE.

One of the events Elena hosts each year is a fabulous weekend-long art retreat, called Seaside Soiree that will help support her art center.  You can read all about it HERE.  Instructors for this year's event are the fabulous Jamie Dougherty, Ruth Rae, Kristen Robinson and special guests Jen Cushman and Jennifer Priest.  There are still a few spots left if you can make it!

So happy to introduce you to my friend, Elena.  Once you meet her, you too will have a friend for life!