The Minot Air Force Base Artists and Crafters group was started by Staci McGrath earlier this year to give local artists and crafters a place to showcase their talents. There are 19 active members with more accepted all the time.
According to a release from the organization: "When we heard about what happened to Conrad Ayala, we knew we had to do something to help." Ayala was a 19-month-old allegedly beaten to death in February. "(McGrath), along with Alysa Sawyer and Sophie Jeffery, decided to organize an auction of our crafts to raise money for the UND Northern Plains Child Advocacy Center."
The Minot Artists and Crafters formed the group Minot Air Force Base Artists and Crafters CARE and asked for donations. The auction ran from March 1-4 and raised more than $500.
Submitted Photo - - The Minot Air Force Base Artists and Crafters group raised $500 for the University of North Dakota Northern Plains Children’s Advocacy Center in response to the news of a local 19-month-old child’s death in February.
"We had more than 22 items and services donated, including a two-tiered cake, a couple hand-painted signs, a photography session, hair bows and lots more," the release said. "We had a great turnout and we plan on having more events to support great causes in the future."
The University of North Dakota Northern Plains Children's Advocacy Center provides a compassionate and effective way to bring services to children victimized by abuse utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach in prevention, investigation, assessment, treatment and referral for prosecution.
According to a release from the center: "The UND Northern Plains Children's Advocacy Center is sincerely grateful to the Minot Artists and Crafters for their generous financial donation."
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