By Caroline Johnson
Wendy Heiges Jewelry Show Fund Raiser
An Event to Benefit the New
Noreen Neitz ACAC Scholarship Fund for Young Adults
Thursday, November 19, 4:30-7:00 pm, ACAC Arts Education Center
“Creativity is a spark… it can be intensely satisfying when the flame catches and a new idea sweeps around the world.” –Jonah Lehrer
Isn’t this true? How satisfying does it feel to receive recognition for initiating a new idea? I think that this feeling could be applicable to many triumphs in life where inspiration is a driving force. In this case, a very special someone has motivated the Adams County Arts Council to create a scholarship fund that will enable young adults to enrich their lives through arts education.
There is no better way to establish this opportunity than by naming the fund in honor of the ever inspiring, Noreen Neitz. Noreen passed away in 2013 after a long battle with breast cancer. She lived a full, engaging, and faithful life in which she made a significant impact on those who were fortunate enough to know her. She was an advocate for the arts but most importantly, a staunch advocate for youth in the community.
I had the opportunity to speak with her dear friend Caryl Schmitz who is helping to coordinate this scholarship. Caryl spoke of Noreen’s presence of leadership in the community, her encouraging and caring nature, and her tenacity to seek out new opportunities in which to learn and gain new experiences. This last characteristic in particular provides an example of what an individual might expect to gain from an education at the Arts Council. This scholarship will be specifically geared toward young adults in the community who wish to take classes at the Arts Council but are not able to due to financial limitations.
Considering Noreen’s history of involvement with youth in the community, it is safe to assume that she would be fully supportive of this scholarship. It will provide a new and enriching educational experience for young adults in the community, a chance of which she might have taken advantage herself!
Wendy Heiges, Program Coordinator at the ACAC and freelance jewelry designer, felt supported and touched by Noreen’s vivacious and thoughtful spirit. Noreen seemingly loved Wendy’s jewelry, and could be seen more often than not sporting a pair of her hand-designed earrings! Caryl mentions that Noreen enjoyed expressing herself creatively and typically couldn’t resist indulging in pair of “fun” earrings!
For her love of creativity, education, and beautifully made jewelry, Wendy’s Jewelry Show Fundraiser is the perfect event to help raise awareness for this scholarship.
You will be sure to find something that is perfect for the special people in your life. Wendy’s hand designed jewelry will be on display offering an exciting variety of collections from which to choose. This display will include a limited edition pink quartz earring in honor of Noreen Neitz.
All proceeds will benefit the Noreen Neitz ACAC Scholarship Fund for Young Adults.
Stop by and shop for a great cause!