The St. John Medical Center Festival of the Arts is one of the premier fine arts and crafts shows in Northeast Ohio.
Crowds jammed the walking track of the medical center to purchase and enjoy some of the best fine arts and crafts from across the country. A well attended free concert on Friday night officially kicked off the weekend. At the concert, the musical group Soul'D Out performed hits from the past and had the crowd on their feet and begging for more. During the weekend, a job fair, visit from Radio Disney an outdoor mass and health screenings too center stage. All in all, it was a terrific weekend, thanks to Festival of the Arts' chairperson Ardis Radak, who did an outstanding job of coordinating the event.
The Festival of the Arts 2007 weekend events kicked off Friday night with its Annual Patron Benefit, which serves as St. John Medical Center's major fund raiser. Approximately 750 partygoers enjoyed the Nautical theme "Smooth Sailing" as well as a wonderful food selection prepared by A Taste of Excellence and musical entertainment by Rick and Sharon, a Swingin' Affair with Route 66. The Patron Benefit was a huge success, raising net proceeds from the "Dream Cruise" raffle, Sponsorships, Silent Auction, for a weekend income of nearly $125,000 to benefit SJMC's Community Outreach and Wellness Ministry Programs and the Breast Health Initiative. Anniversary sponsors for the event were Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, (Anthem's 8th consecutive year as a major sponsor) and the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System. The Grand Prize winner of the Royal Caribbean cruise for two was Patty Lima from Fairview Park. Patty works as an LPN at St. John Medical Center.
The weekend had one of its best showings yet with more than 220 artists from across the country, displaying their one-of-a-kind masterpieces, and having over 30,000 people attend the three-day event. Admission was free, and a donation of a non-perishable food item to the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio, was encouraged. Along with the fine art and craft work on display, St. John Medical Center's Community Outreach Department offered free health screenings, and the Hospital's Pediatric Department sponsored the children's activities area. A mass was held on Sunday with more that 500 individuals in attendance.
To further recognize these fine artists for their talent and creative spirit, the weekend was juried with first and second place prizes in the Fine Arts, and Crafts divisions.
Award winners are:
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