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“Speakeasy Gallery” Will Highlight Champions’ Art of Chocolate Event

Each February, Champions for Children holds its annual fundraiser, the “Art of Chocolate.” For 2022, the organization will be having an online art auction to raise money for its various programs that help at-risk children. Champions’ “SPEAKEASY GALLERY” is a unique collection of 1920’s inspired art pieces that go on display Monday, January 30, at Texas Bank & Trust, 2323 W. Grande Ave., in Tyler.

The gallery is a collaboration of East Texas artists, Valerosa Designs and Gallery, Tyler Museum of Art and Champions for Children. Champions will receive a portion of the sale of each piece. Valerosa Designs and Gallery coordinated the collection.

The participating artists are Jacoby McKenzie, Doug Carter, Amanda Hukill, Don Bristow, Ron Crosby, John Martindale, and Alex and Lisha Mack. In addition, the auction will also feature a special compilation piece created with individually-designed craft sticks, each made by a child from Smith County. The artwork will be on display January 31 – February 9 at Texas Bank & Trust, or online at through February 11 at 7:30 p.m. when the auction closes. Anyone who wishes to bid may do so by visiting the website or by scanning the QR code affixed to each painting while on display.

Champions for Children is a Smith County nonprofit organization that serves children ages infant-19 years. Since 1996, Champions has been the motivating force behind a coordinated community effort to design and implement progressive programs to help at-risk children, parents and childcare providers. From professional teacher trainings and educational materials to individual interventions for children, Champions provides teachers and parents with the tools, training, and support they need to ensure that their children have every opportunity at success.

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