Kids Rock Cancer to Take Part in Charity “Triple Play” Art Auction

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August 16 event will feature original portraits of St. Louis Cardinals Players

Kids Rock Cancer is one of three organizations to benefit from Charity Triple Play, an upcoming art auction presented by Maryville University. Cardinals Care and Mending Faces will also benefit from event proceeds. St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny and his wife, Kristin, serve as honorary co-chairs, along with Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn and his wife, Lauren.

Charity Triple Play will take place on Sunday, Aug. 16, in the Promenade ballroom at The Westin St. Louis, immediately following the Marlins-Cardinals game. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets to the event include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and may be purchased for $50 at kidsrockcancer.org/events.

The organizations benefiting from Charity Triple Play place helping children at the core of their mission. Kids Rock Cancer is an innovative music therapy program that helps children successfully cope with the emotional challenges that occur when they or a loved one are diagnosed with cancer or other blood disorders. Cardinals Care is the philanthropic arm of the St. Louis Cardinals, and Mending Faces provides cleft lip and palate surgical care to impoverished children in the Philippines.

The event showcases the artistic talents of Maryville students and faculty, and will feature a live auction of original St. Louis Cardinals-themed artwork. Offered will be portraits of Cardinals players Matt Adams, Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Lance Lynn, Yadier Molina, Jhonny Peralta, Michael Wacha, Adam Wainwright and Kolten Wong, as well as manager Mike Matheny and Busch Stadium (old and new). A portrait of the late Cardinals favorite, Oscar Taveras, will be presented to the Cardinals.

Auction organizer Sarah Loynd, an Art & Design student at Maryville, conceived the idea out of a desire to make a difference. “As a student, I decided that the most viable thing I could offer was my time,” she says. “Through that came the idea for this fundraiser.”

Loynd worked with the League of Extraordinary Artists, a student organization at Maryville, to select 14 artists through a juried competition. Maryville helped coordinate the auction with the Cardinals.

“We are so excited to be a part of this incredible event,” says Liz Haynes, Maryville’s director of special programs who oversees Kids Rock Cancer. “We know that people in St. Louis are giving and willing to help, and to be included in a fundraising opportunity with other organizations that share our mission of helping children in need is wonderful.”

Copies of the portraits have also been reproduced as souvenir postcard sets and a compilation poster, which are available at various donation levels. At any time during the Cardinals’ 2015 regular season, online donations to the project may be made.

The project will be a win-win-win for three organizations that go to bat for children, including Maryville’s music therapy outreach program, Kids Rock Cancer. Haynes says, “We look forward to seeing our Kids Rock Cancer supporters on Aug. 16 to help us turn this triple play.”

About Kids Rock Cancer
Kids Rock Cancer is an innovative music therapy program that helps children successfully cope with the emotional challenges that occur when they or a loved one are diagnosed with cancer or other blood disorders. Working with a board-certified music therapist, children compose an original song expressing their thoughts and feelings, and record it on a CD to take home, share and cherish. Created and overseen by the Music Therapy program at Maryville University — the only degree program of its kind in St. Louis — Kids Rock Cancer has brought the joy and healing power of music to hundreds of children at cancer treatment and support centers throughout the St. Louis area since its founding in 2009. To learn more about Kids Rock Cancer and listen to original songs, visit kidsrockcancer.org.

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Marcia Sullivan
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Maryville University
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Marcia.Sullivan(at)Maryville(dot)edu

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