INA, Ill. - There was no shortage of creativity at the Rend Lake College Art Department's recent benefit for the Amy Center. Donations garnered by art appreciation students stuffed the containers they created exclusively for the event.
There was a low-rider, Poke'Ball, homemade shopping cart, oceanic toybox, pirate ship, castles, a treasure chest and more. Visitors voted with pennies for their favorite container and the top two students won prizes for their work. Between the donations, penny voting and a wine basket that went for more than $100; officials estimated that the event raised about $5,000 for the local organization that is an advocate for abused children.
Children from the Rend Lake College Foundation Children's Center also pitched in support. They arrived with staff from the RLCFCC to hand over the donations they collected.
RLC Art Professor Therese Melena said she was overwhelmed by the response from voters and contributors, and proud of the hard work her students put into the event.