Lake Placid—The Lake Placid Center for the Arts invites all interested community members to a general volunteer meeting for the 26th Annual Joy to the Children Benefit. The meeting will be held on Monday, October 15 at 5pm in the LPCA Fine Arts Gallery. Grab your friends and head to the LPCA for a quick hour to find out how you can help be a part of Joy 26! For planning purposes, please RSVP at 523-2512 if you know you are coming, but of course, walk-ins are more than welcome.
Joy 26 will be held at the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa on the evening of Thursday, December 6 at 6pm. This annual benefit will be co-chaired by Erin Perkins and Sharon Wood. Volunteers are needed for several committees, and community members wishing to help out are encouraged to attend this fun organizational meeting. There are several ways individuals can join in and be a part of the Joy preparations. Volunteers are needed to: donate auction items; help solicit and gather auction items; bake goodies for baskets; sell raffle tickets; help with administrative projects; make Gingerbread Houses and more. The first meeting of interested volunteers is vital as we begin coordinating for this ambitious fundraiser. Volunteers will enjoy meeting new friends while helping to raise much-needed funds to support a multitude of arts programs for children in the region. Refreshments will be served.
Lisa and Ed Weibrecht and the staff of The Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa will host this special event for the 26th consecutive year. As in past years, their gracious donation of the Inn makes this long-standing holiday tradition one of the outstanding events of the season. The Inn, decorated for the holidays and overflowing with goodies, will delight guests as they revel in the evening’s festivities while raising money for children’s arts programming.
This annual benefit raises funds to help support over 100 free children’s workshops and some 100 individual programs reaching over 35,000 individuals throughout our region. Funds from the benefit help to support several programs including: The Weibrecht ~ For Schools Only Series, which allows schools to bring their students to top quality performances in theatre, music and dance for a minimal cost; The free Young and Fun Arts Series, offered throughout the summer season on Wednesday and Friday mornings featuring a wide variety of kids entertainment; The High Peaks Art Shows which highlight student artwork in a series of age specific exhibitions; Arts Career Day allowing perspective art students to visit with college representatives and have their portfolios reviewed; Free Afterschool Workshops offered in a variety of mediums at two different times throughout the year; and the popular LPCA Children’s Musical Theatre program offered every fall for our aspiring actors. Also included in this list is a host of school and community arts programs designed to expose, enrich and excite young people with the arts. Students and schools from a multi-county region are able to participate in an impressive number of activities. It is only through the annual Joy Gala, that the LPCA has been able to offer a unique arts-in-education outreach program for the region.
If you cannot make the general meeting on Monday, October 15 at 5pm, but would like to be involved, please call the LPCA at 523-2512, Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.