Cartooning Chronicles celebrates 10th anniversary

Toons For Ten Poster Contest third place winner Zack Samuel of Eastern Middle School and his sister Amalia pose on the red carpet with Spongebob Squarepants and Clifford the Dog. –Jack Dog Studio

Toons For Ten Poster Contest third place winner Zack Samuel of Eastern Middle School and his sister Amalia pose on the red carpet with Spongebob Squarepants and Clifford the Dog. –Jack Dog Studio

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Greenwich Cartooning Chronicles after school program hosted its first fund-raiser, Toons For Ten, to raise camper scholarships for the Greenwich Music & Art Camp’s 2014 season.

The event, which was co-sponsored by the town, took place May 17 at Eastern Greenwich Civic Center. An interactive art exhibit by local students featured hundreds of cartoon drawings available for purchase, along with a  raffle and t-shirts sold by student volunteers.

The event raised more than $1,000 in scholarship funds. To commemorate the occasion, the Greenwich Cartooning Chronicles published a special edition of the newsletter’s 10th issue which was distributed free of charge.

The fund-raiser featured artists including Ben Simon of Central Middle School, Sophie Chaves of Cos Cob School, Peter Stewart of Eastern Middle School, Angela Zarrilli of Glenville School, Leah Common of Greenwich High School, Nico Camacho of Greenwich Catholic School, Maya Ito of International School at Dundee, Margaux Barthelemy of Julian Curtiss School, Jaime Contreras of New Lebanon School, Madison Murphy of Parkway School, Paula Salafranca of Riverside School, Christine Flood of Western Middle School, Nick O’Brien of Winward School, and Leah Schiff of Whitby School.

CMS student Ben Simon took first prize out of 25 entries in the poster contest judged by Painting with a Twist artists, while second place went to Parkway School student Ava Herzog and third place to Eastern Middle School student Zack Samuel.

“Congratulations to the winners and to everyone else who participated in Toons for Ten,” said U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th). “The arts are an important part of every child’s development, and I am pleased to see so many children demonstrating their artistic abilities while helping raise money for a great cause.”

Mr. Himes also showed his support by sending certificates of achievement to featured artists, contest winners, and recipients of the alumni award.

Free activities for all ages were donated by various local sponsors. Contributions included painting stations by Painting With a Twist, cartoon drawing stations by Greenwich Cartooning Chronicles, iPad animation stations by New Lebanon School PTA,  snacks by Garden Catering, décor by Avon Theatre and Greenwich Party, characters by Beyond Costumes, music & entertainment by Huddle Up Sports, raffle by Vineyard Vines and YMCA of Greenwich, photography by Jack Dog Studio and Town of Greenwich, printing by Minuteman Press of Greenwich, event planning by Golden Events, funding by A.G. Williams Painting Company, Inc. and Orthopedic & Neurosurgery Specialists (ONS), staff by Greenwich Music & Art Camp and venue by Town of Greenwich Dept. of Parks & Recreation. For more information about the Greenwich Cartooning Chronicles or Greenwich Music & Art Camp, email event director Phil Lohmeyer at [email protected], visit ToonsForTen.com, or find @GCartooning on Twitter.

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