I’ve been throwing the New Year’s Eve Gourmet Pizza Extravaganza for 13 years now – and, in 2014, it’ll be nine years organizing, curating and hosting ARTvision Atlanta. We broke $50,000 this past year in cumulative earnings, which is a great milestone indeed.
ARTvision began as a small, online art benefit in conjunction with the pizza bash. Over the years, though, it grew in reach, audience and participation. The more AV blossomed—including moving it to an earlier start in December as a standalone event—the more support an assistance we required. (This facet is covered in the pages of “Pizza for Good,” so if you haven’t gotten your copy yet, please do!)
This post is a celebratory “thank you” to all those companies/people/entities who have supported the pizza party and ARTvision – both of which support Positive Impact‘s important programs. Our sponsors, past, present and future:
- Baraonda Atlanta. As a critical part of any Pizza for Good event, you’ll want to explore your town for pizzerias or italian restaurants who might be open to “dough-nation” of pizza dough. (Tips and tricks are included in Round One of the book.) We are so lucky to have Baraonda supporting the NYE pizza party, ARTvision and Positive Impact with free dough every year. They are truly exceptional people, and even hosted us for the book-release party.
- Stonehurst Place. I met owner Barb Shadomy in the most neighborly of ways—when her then-caretaker was canvasing the neighborhood getting to know people close by. Stonehurst is a luxury, eco-friendly bed and breakfast located in the heart of midtown Atlanta. Stonehurst has offered to house a few of our artists, and owner Barb has donated from her personal collection to ARTvision in multiple years.
- Rose Squared Gallery & Framing. JD Issacs has been a fervent supporter of both Positive Impact and ARTvision for a number of years, and has framed some of our most successful pieces—including “In the Moment” by Delia Cochran. Visit him just off Decatur Square.
- Metro Gallery & Framing. Walt Woodall is my neighbor down the breezeway at Studioplex, and is a must-visit for those framing in the Old 4th Ward. Walt has graciously donated services in multiple years for the purpose of raising money for PI.
- The Framers on Peachtree. Bryan and the gang at Framers offered us a discount on framing in past years, and they have a number of readymade frames that are ready to go. Excellent quality and prices, not to mention friendly, reliable service.
- World of Wiffledust. Lisa Wiffledust has been a friend and a champion for nearly a decade now, and I’m so proud to call her friend. She’s frequently beaming out our posts and news to her network—a vibrant community of like-minded artists and fans.
- MyPhotopipe.com. This Atlanta-based photo-output company sponsored one year and remains my company of choice for photo development and finishing. We hope to sign them back as sponsor in a future year.
- Outwrite Bookstore. Even though Outwrite has gone to the bookstore in the sky, Outwrite was an Atlanta institution and Phillip Rafshoon was a frequent champion of both AV and PI. (Side note: Outwrite’s old tables now live at Stone Four Studios.)
These business and the people behind them are critical to our success every year – and similar outfits around the country will want to help you in your event, too. When you ask folks for support, you might not be surprised to learn that the answer can oftentimes be “yes.”
Thank you to everyone who pitches in to help each and every year. We couldn’t do it without you!