Chappaqua, NY – On Saturday, May 6th, the Westchester-based organization, Up2Us will host an art auction at Chappaqua Station. The event is being called BLOOM, in honor of the phrase “Bloom where you are planted.”Up2Us was inspired to action when Hillary Rodham Clinton first shared this famous saying. In the months following the election, Up2Us has grown to a 3700 member group with members working on political action, community support and progressive issues.
The art auction will feature pieces donated by local artists of all ages. The silent auction will have items at all price points with proceeds benefiting the Pleasantville Community Garden and other area charities. Admission is free and the BLOOM Auction is open to the public. The Garden is dedicated to battling hunger in Westchester County where approximately 1 in 5 residents (200,000 people including many children) suffer from hunger and/or food insecurity.
The garden was created by Devin Juros in 2011 then an 11 year old student at Pleasantville Middle School. To date, the organization has donated more than 34,000 pounds of fresh produce to 4 local organizations – Hillside Food Outreach, Pleasantville Interfaith Emergency Food Pantry, A-Home and Neighbor’s Link. More than 200 volunteers work with the organization annually including at least 60 kids from ages 5 through 18.
Up2Us is thrilled to be working with local artists and the Pleasantville Community Garden to bring this event to Chappaqua. Selected pieces which will be available can be seen at https://www.up2us.us/bloom/ Up2Us always welcomes new members and like-minded organizations to join them. For the most up to date samples and information, see the BLOOM page on Facebook.