When my two sons were young they got so much enjoyment from the programs at Arts Umbrella that it turned me into a life-long supporter of the arts school for kids.

This year I donated one of my necklaces — a gleaming pyrite and silver beauty that echoes the Edwardian era — to the silent auction in their annual fundraiser, Splash, on Oct. 18.


The money raised by Splash goes to initiatives like the out-reach programs for kids from low-income families. I know the impact music lessons, dance, and visual arts have on early childhood development so I want to see all kids have access to arts and culture.

If you’re looking for a charity, I can’t think of a better place to contribute to than Arts Umbrella. Cash is always good. But they’re often looking for skilled volunteers and business donations. And their fundraising events are always big fun.

You can find the rest of the silent auction goodies here along with links where you can buy Splash tickets.