ROCHELLE — It is why we stay in this smaller town as opposed to wherever else — when we see anything missing, we can do a thing about it.
Danny and Stephanie Williams are filling a void in the “Hub City” that possibly the relaxation of us did not know existed. And we’ll all be grateful they’ve stepped up.
Danny and Stephanie are photographers and very own Lifeworks Photography Studio in Rochelle. They’ve embraced the community and wished to make certain that the arts are elevated, not just for their relatives, but for the complete group.
In Aug. 2018, the few commenced the Daniel and Stephanie Williams Fund for the Arts with their very own seed funds. The purpose was to fund arts and artists in the Rochelle community. Since of their eyesight, we’ll see big will work of art in public areas for youthful and previous to appreciate.
Wednesday evening, they hosted their third artwork show fundraiser where they auctioned off numerous pics Danny has taken, and it had a specific concept.
Danny defined that Skare Park [pronounced SKAR-E] has been particular to him as a photographer, but also to his loved ones with Stephanie, which contains their two little ones, Grace and Rory. They frequently commit time with household and close friends at the park found west of Rochelle. The park, which was made with land donated by Norman Lincoln Skare and is portion of the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District, boasts picnic parts, a competitive disk golf class, open up space and woods, a meandering creek and climbing. It is certainly a gem and they needed to highlight its organic range and attractiveness.
Wednesday evening, several spot citizens crammed the Rick Residence of Kennay Farms Distillery for the art auction that elevated approximately $3,500 with the auction of the photos as effectively as a silent auction. That places the fund at $26,000 and within vary of their preliminary objective of $40,000 by 2025 or, hopefully, quicker.
“Stephanie and I are humbled by the enormous amount of guidance we get for this celebration every single 12 months,” Danny reported. “We’re fired up to assist provide chances for community artists to exhibit impactful parts of artwork in our group and to foster an artistic culture in our region.”
They have not accomplished it by yourself, while, the Rochelle Region Local community Basis was instrumental in aiding them start and sustain the arts fund. And, of course, quite a few other people stepped up to assistance them realize their aim.
“We’d also like to thank our friends and family members and the community for encouraging make this function probable each yr. Companies and persons have been so gracious to volunteer their time, donate presents and baskets for the silent auctions and have presented encouragement to us,” Danny added. “We definitely couldn’t host this event with no them.”
Stephanie echoed Danny’s thanks for the persons and firms that created the party happen.
“I‘d like to give unique many thanks to Kennay Farms Distilling for the gorgeous location, Matt Hart our auctioneer for the night, the gifted Buzzed By Sonset live band overall performance and Kara Kettleson for her design and style artwork for all our flyers and logos,” Stephanie explained. We are blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful, philanthropic persons in our neighborhood.”
If you’re interested in aiding the Williams relatives elevate the arts in Rochelle, you can go to their internet site — rochellefoundation.org/daniel-and-stephanie-williams-fund-for-arts.com.