Internationally renowned 3D pop artist Fazzino to host second annual fundraiser for
Unique Mental Health Outreach Non-Profit Based in New Rochelle, NY
Event to Honor Ashley Brody, Associate Executive Director of Search for Change.
Special Guest Artist The Tats Cru will Paint Live
For Release: September 3, 2014
New Rochelle, NY – –Acclaimed 3D pop artist Charles Fazzino is hosting the second annual EXPRESSIONS Art Exhibit and VIP Reception to benefit CHOICE (Consumers Helping Others in a Caring Environment) at his personal studio and showroom in New Rochelle on Tuesday, September 30th, from 6pm to 9pm. CHOICE is a grassroots, unique, peer-to-peer mental health advocacy serving hundreds of under-served people in Westchester County, NY. Their mission is to bring services including Peer Advocacy, Homeless Outreach, and Care Coordination, to people with mental illness and to those who have been unable to access the services and benefits to which they are entitled. The event is also being held to honor Mr. Ashley Brody the Associate Executive Director of Search for Change and CHOICE Board of Directors Member.
As part of their organized programming, CHOICE has developed a weekly art program and invites clients to indulge their creativity as they explore their feelings, motivations, fears, and dreams. This very powerful program has allowed the staff at CHOICE to reach clients previously thought unreachable. “It’s an amazing thing to watch someone walk into a room full of fear and anxiety, sit down at a table and start to draw or paint or collage…and all of a sudden, they are able to express things they’ve never been able to before,” said Choice Executived Director Guy Fessenden. “Art is an incredible outlet for our clients and we are proud that Charles Fazzino and the TATS CRU have chosen to share their time and talents with us in order to further our mission ….with the arts and beyond.”
“Art has been a powerful tool in my own life,” said Charles Fazzino from his New Rochelle Art Studio. “I’m not sure where I would be without it. It’s an outlet for so many people and a means to communicate, process, and grow…..to see the world in a different way and hopefully in a brighter light. CHOICE has incorporated art into their crucial mission of helping others. I’m very gratified by that and am happy to be opening my studio for a wonderful fundraising event for this powerful organization.”
Charles Fazzino will be present at the event and attendees will be treated to a private art show, guided studio tour, and reception. Artwork by the clients of CHOICE will also be on display. 30% of the proceeds from the sales during the evening will be donated to CHOICE and the $150 ticket price will also be deducted from the price of any fine artwork purchased.
Famous graffiti artists the Tats Cru will also paint live at the event. According to their statement, “The TATS CRU is honored to be a part of the CHOICE event. Through our travels, we have found that art is an essential part of mental health. Whether it be through painting, drawing, or simply observing, it provides an outlet and a form of positive expression. We hope that our live presentation makes an impact with attendees.”
WHO: Charles Fazzino, acclaimed 3D Pop Artist and CHOICE, Consumers Helping Others in a Caring Environment, and the Tats Cru
WHAT: Private studio tour, art exhibit, and art reception to benefit CHOICE, autograph signing, and public art reception, live art performance by the Tats Cru.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 30th, 6pm – 9pm
WHERE: Charles Fazzino Studios, 32 Relyea Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801
TICKETS: Cost $150 per person. The price of the ticket will be put towards the purchase of any Fazzino fine artwork that evening. Purchase at http://eventbrite.com/event/12545502937 or by calling Julie Maner at Museum Editions, Ltd. at 914-654-9370.
About Charles Fazzino
Charles Fazzino — one of the most popular artists in the world — is most well-known for his unique, detailed, and vibrant three-dimensional style. His work is exhibited in hundreds of fine art galleries and museums in twenty different countries. He is an officially licensed artist of the National Football League and the Super Bowl (2000-present), Major League Baseball and the MLB All-Star Game (2003-present), and the US Olympic Team (2000 to present). He has also recently created official artwork for high profile events, including: the 2011 Centennial Celebration for the City of Fort Lauderdale, the President’s Challenge for President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, NASCAR Sprint Cup series, NHL All-Star Game, Belmont Stakes, Daytona 500, Indy 500, Andy Roddick Charity Gala, U.S. Tennis Foundation, CMA Awards, Grammy Awards, Daytime Emmy Awards, NBC’s “Today” Summer Concert Series, Rosie O’Donnell’s For All Kids Foundation and the President William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation, among many others. You can view more of Fazzino’s work at www.fazzino.com.
CHOICE (Consumers Helping Others In a Caring Environment) is a uniquely successful noprofit agency because it is peer-operated. We encourage and support people who, like most of us, have needed mental health services at one time or another, while saying “I understand what you are going through. I have been there and you will get through this.” For over 15 years, we have been assisting individuals who have become lost in a bureaucratic system that is indimidatingly complex under the best of circumstances. We offer peer advocacy, care coordination, homeless outreach, and ticket to work programs to more than 400 people in need throughout Westchester County.
For Charles Fazzino: Julie Maner, Museum Editions, Ltd., Jmaner@fazzino.com, 914-654-9370
For CHOICE: Michael Cobb, CHOICE, 203-512-1059
Note that Guy Fessenden is Available for Interviews