I believe that every human being should try to do good for someone else. There are so many different ways to do it. My art can be an instrument for helping people. What a good feeling. - Artist Romero Britto
I learned and personally experienced the joy of giving back from a very early age. It is part of the fabric of my family, and it's been especially important for me to carry that same commitment to helping others through my art and my business.
I'm thankful that my passion for art was discovered as a result of difficult times when I was younger, because that now serves as a constant reminder that something as simple as a paint brush can open doors and lead the way towards a whole new discovery.
For me, exposure to art lifted me up and forged a new path. It was the generosity and encouragement of a teacher who helped me find joy through art lessons that eventually led me to find my passion for glass and discover my purpose as an artist. For others, their struggles might be different and their light may come through another source, but no matter what it is, a brighter outlook often emerges thanks to the kindness of an individual, the help of a community, or the selfless work of an organization.
There are so many dedicated nonprofits doing amazing work for others, and being able to give back to support these causes is something that I'm grateful for. Thank you to each of the organizations below for everything they do, and thank you to all who support their efforts!
In 2022, my donations totaled more than $12,000 for the following nonprofits through direct financial gifts, fundraising events and auctions, and in-kind contributions:
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Joy, Care & Hope for Homeless & Impoverished Children
CENTRAL PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION
Powering a Stronger Future
CENTRAL PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Benefitting Culinary Arts, Baking & Pastry Arts, and Hospitality Management programs
Financial Assistance for Breast Cancer Patients & Families
JIMMIE JOHNSON FOUNDATION- CHAMPIONS GRANT
Funding K-12 Public School Programs
Providing Opportunities for Artists to Converge, Connect & Thrive
MINT HILL WOMEN'S CLUB
Service to Community through Volunteering & Fundraising
PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK
Helping Patients with Pancreatic Cancer Thrive
UKRAINE CRISIS RESPONSE BENEFIT EVENT
CARE- Working Around the Globe to Save Lives, Defeat Poverty and Achieve Social Justice
UNC CHARLOTTE ELLIS REED PARLIER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The recipients of the Reed Parlier Memorial Scholarship will carry his legacy with them during their journey at UNC Charlotte and beyond.
Let’s Make a Difference Together
Please let me know how I can support your cause. While I cannot unfortunately guarantee a glass work or financial gift for every worthwhile request, I will always do my best to consider how I can help!