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Child Artist Program Illustrates the Power of Giving

Nothing illustrates the reason Golisano Children’s Hospital is the primary beneficiary of the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest better than the child artist program.

Each year for the past 11 years, a young patient of Golisano Children’s Hospital has been selected to create a one-of-a-kind work of art to be auctioned off during the festival. The child artists’ stories are incredibly moving, and their works precious reflections of their individual personalities, hopes and dreams.

Auction participants have fallen in love in these works year after year, bidding generously to support the patients of Golisano Children’s Hospital. Bids for the artwork will start at $5,000, and last year’s child art raised $150,000. Traditionally, the works are then donated back to the hospital, depicting the healing power of art, as well as the generosity it inspires, in a gallery where medical staff, patients, families and visitors can glean inspiration from these images.

Meet Our 2018 Child Artists Mathew & Steven Singleton

This year’s child artists are five-year-old leukemia patient Matthew Singleton and his older brother
Steven. An enduring source of support for Matthew who was diagnosed at age two, Steven is always at his side.

Their paintings – “Sparkly Night” by Matthew and “Golden King” by Steven – reflect brotherly love and the strong family bond that has instilled Matthew with such amazing courage and joy. Matthew, who started remission in August 2015, is still undergoing treatment at Golisano Children’s Hospital, yet he is like any other preschooler. With his brother providing that extra bit of courage, he is full of life, laughter and smiles. Together, they are up for any adventure, including an upcoming appearance at the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest.

SWFL Children’s Charities’ child artist program celebrates the art of survival. Each year a young patient of Golisano Children’s Hospital has been selected to create a one-of-a-kind work of art to be auctioned off during the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest. The child artist program has raised more than $1 million over the years, 100% of which benefits pediatric care at Golisano Children’s Hospital. The art is traditionally donated back to the hospital, and many works can be viewed on display there. At the 2018 event, Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest guests will have the opportunity to bid on Matthew and Steven’s artwork, created in collaboration with Child Art Mentor Jolie Black, whose daughter, Sophia, was the 2015 child artist.

“I believe experiences like this help him on his journey,” said his mom “When you have a life you love, you fight for it!”

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