Art fundraiser benefits Early Learning Partnership families

2014-04-28T00:00:00Z Art fundraiser benefits Early Learning Partnership familiesSpecial to The Times by India Lee-Hall, Purdue University Calumet communications student nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | The Early Learning Partnership of Northwest Indiana raised more than $25,000 at its April 10 Color My World fundraiser and donor recognition dinner.

“Children are the foundation of a family, they need positivity to help them grow, giving them the best possible start in life,” said Ronald Millies, Parents as Teachers founding board member.

Proceeds from the event will allow ELP to continue increasing parent knowledge of child development with home visits to help parents gain knowledge and skills to provide a healthy, nurturing learning environment for their young children.

Color My World featured the art of children ages 9 months to 5 years of age. Munster artist Shanoor Devarj displayed his art and also spoke about the importance of art in early childhood education.

"Giving a child encouragement is like giving them gold," said Devarj, creative director of Devarj Design Agency.

Recognition of top donors included IBEW Local #697 Certified Electricians, Community Foundation of NWI, BP Corporation, and Visionary Ambassadors for Early Learning, Ronald and Karen Millies.

Musical entertainment was by provided by Aaron Harris and a young student of the Revolution Music School.

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