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Greenwich Students Use Art To Help Kids In Crisis Fundraiser

Stamford-based artist Paige Bradley, at left, and Greenwich Country Day students working on the Alice in Wonderland theme set for Kids in Crisis fundraiser.
Stamford-based artist Paige Bradley, at left, and Greenwich Country Day students working on the Alice in Wonderland theme set for Kids in Crisis fundraiser. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

GREENWICH, Conn., -- A gala fundraiser for an organization that helps at-risk children received a helping hand from Greenwich students.

Kids In Crisis is holding its biggest fundraiser of the year Friday evening, “An Evening in Wonderland” and students from Greenwich Country Day pitched in to help Stamford-based sculptor Paige Bradley create the Alice in Wonderland-themed décor and set.

Bradley said she was eager to help when she learned of the event from friends.

"When I learned about them I just couldn't think of anything better to donate my time to," she said. "I love Alice in Wonderland and I love even more of giving to kids."

Kids in Crisis is Connecticut’s only free, round-the-clock agency providing emergency shelter, crisis counseling and community educational programs for children of all ages and families who are dealing with issues of domestic violence, mental health, family problems, substance abuse and economic difficulties.

Country Day Grade 8 student Sofia Giannuzzi said students need to complete volunteer activities and she was intrigued about participating in an artistic voluntary activity.

"The whole painting experience that came with this really appealed to me and my friends," she said. "I think it is really great that we get to go do something different than our weekly routine."

Kids in Crisis was founded in 1978 and has helped more than 138,000 Fairfield County children and families. Last year, more than 6,000 children and families received assistance from the organization.

The gala is seeking to raise money to offset the $1 million in state funding due to budget cuts.

In addition to Country Day students, other students from Grade 7 through 12 from Greenwich High School, Greenwich Academy and Whitby School are helping with the gala.

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