12304847298?profile=RESIZE_710xSpecial Olympian Margie-Lee Rodriguez created a collection of Holiday Joy cards. Photo provided

The Arc of Palm Beach County is offering a creative collection of handmade holiday greeting cards crafted by its talented clients.

Proceeds from sales of the cards support their makers through an earned commission with every purchase.

“The Arc is spreading holiday cheer through personalized art that also gives back to our gifted clients,” CEO Pamela Payne said. “Our artisan program brings people with disabilities together to create unique artwork throughout the year, including mosaics, acrylic paintings and mixed-media pieces.”

The Artisan Program this year features Margie-Lee Rodriguez, a Special Olympics gold medalist. Margie-Lee designed her Holiday Joy collection in her signature folk art style of painting, including vibrant motifs and custom stencil designs.

To buy cards, visit The Arc Shop at arcpbc.org/artisans. For more information, call 561-842-3213.

Arts Garage, Impact 100 get drums to student band
In 2014, Impact 100 Palm Beach County awarded a $100,000 grant to Arts Garage in part to develop a dynamic youth drumline.

For six years, the audience-rousing percussionists went through multiple iterations at the Delray Beach theater prior to the coronavirus shutdown.

Now, Arts Garage is partnering with the philanthropic group to get some more noise out of the dormant program.

“After locating the drums this past summer, I contacted JoAnne Greiser, grants management adviser at Impact 100 Palm Beach County, to which ownership of the drums had reverted, to discuss what to do with the valuable instruments,” said Marjorie Waldo, Arts Garage’s president and CEO.

“After they were inspected … we collectively decided to donate the 18 drums and uniforms to the Boynton Beach High School Band.”

Waldo added, “Receiving the original $100,000 grant from Impact 100 Palm Beach County was a real blessing, and we are very pleased that together we can keep the generous drumbeat going strong in the years to come.”

For information about Arts Garage, call 561-450-6357 or visit artsgarage.org. For information about Impact 100, call 561-336-4623 or visit impact100pbc.org.

Boca Helping Hands appoints board member
Dr. Sarah Lochner, a nearly decade-long volunteer at Boca Helping Hands, has joined its board of directors.

12304836279?profile=RESIZE_180x180Lochner has worked closely with the agency’s job training department, identifying companies that align with its mission for potential partnerships. She also has scouted employers that can offer job placement for clients and prepare them to meet industry requirements.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Lochner join the board of directors,” said Greg Hazle, Boca Helping Hands executive director. “She has been such an outstanding volunteer with our organization for years and has made such a difference for our clients. Her knowledge and talent will be an asset to the board.”

For more information, call 561-417-0913 or visit bocahelpinghands.org.

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