Compass Center’s Art Show Fundraiser featured in article by Katie Murray, Orange County Commission!
By Katie Murray,
In 1984, Michael Jordan played his last basketball game for UNC. Ronald Reagan was president, gas was $1.19, and no one had a cell phone.
Locally, 1984 was Compass Center’s first annual art show, now their largest fundraiser. This year’s event is at the Sheraton on February 25. There will be free parking and live music from the Doug Largent Trio. Click here https://goo.gl/gxVgfY to learn more.
The show and exhibition features a variety of art by North Carolina women. Additionally, more than 100 artists donated 5×7 artworks to the popular $50 Mini Masterpiece sale where the artist remains anonymous until purchase. Executive Director Cordelia Heaney feels having artist participation sets the event apart. “This is a dynamic fundraiser focusing on the creativity in the room.”
Ashley Ahlers, development director, brings passion for empowering women to Compass Center. “The face of poverty in North Carolina is a woman,” she said. Vicki Lee Parker, Development and Communications Coordinator, added, “I have a 12 year old daughter. I try so hard to help her understand women had to fight for the rights she has. We’ve come a long way, but we really still have a long way to go.”
Compass Center’s broad mission is to help clients achieve self-sufficiency, safety, and health. More than 5000 people access services each year; clients are welcome regardless of income, gender identity or gender expression. Says Heaney, “We help people navigate challenging times by empowering them with information and support … We offer a wide variety of services to meet immediate and long term needs.” The Center is Orange County’s only resource for comprehensive domestic violence crisis services; their 24 hour hotline number is (919) 929 7122.