To raise money for abused and neglected children, art teacher Isabel Link from Sharyland High School and her art students are creating artwork that will be donated to a silent auction.

The silent auction is to be held at the Blue Ribbon Fashion Show Gala hosted by the ‘Angels of Love Foundation,’ an organization in McAllen.  Angels of Love is a nonprofit organization created to help children who are neglected or abused around the Rio Grande Valley.

The organization designs many programs and services for the children, so they may experience the life they deserve, one filled with love.

This year Angels of Love has helped the children with events such as: Blue Ribbon 5K Run/Walk, 1Mile Kids Run, Buy a Brick Capital Campaign, pizza party, and the upcoming fashion show gala.

The Blue Ribbon Fashion Show Gala is to be held at Mario’s Ballroom on April 8, 2011.  Mrs. Link’s art students will be donating artwork to follow the theme of this year’s fashion show “Wish Upon a Butterfly”. 

Mrs. Link said, “Della Fay Perez-Rodriguez, from the Angels of Love Foundation, read an article that ran in The Monitor about our Sharyland art students creating and donating art for the Mission Police Department’s annual ‘Kops for Kids’ event and asked if we could do the same for the Angels of Love. After reviewing the information sent to us about the foundation, my students and I decided it would be an honor to produce pieces for their silent auction. The proceeds will go toward helping abused children throughout the Rio Grande Valley. I am so proud of my young artists for giving their time and using their talent to help enrich the lives of other children.”

Mrs. Link and her students have been working hard to create beautiful pieces of art on their own time.  “I think it is important to get students involved in community projects to help others. They learn about giving selflessly from the heart,” said Link.

Denisse Sierra, a junior, is one of the students contributing artwork to this event.  Through the use of multifaceted coloration, her art piece shows different species of butterflies chaotically fluttering through a kaleidoscope of decorative colors.

“It’s thoughtful that Mrs. Link is participating in this event, and I feel honored to be part of it, too,” said Denisse.  “I’m really happy to spend my time doing my art for a good cause.”

Mrs. Link feels strongly about donating to the community and has participated in many nonprofit fundraisers. She and her students have no plans of slowing down.

“It’s absolutely wonderful to be able to unite our Sharyland High School art students with others in the community through art,” said Link.