Sun Foundation fundraiser this weekend

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

The 4th Winter Warming Fundraiser for the sun Foundation is coming up this week. 

The event, this year, will be at the Zambezi River Lodge at the New Peoria Zoo, 5-8 p.m. Saturday.

The evening will include Mediterranean Hors D’oeuvres by Matter of Taste, wine by Super Liquors and Leo Wine and a performance by the students of the Suzuki Schools of Music

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Sun Foundation at 246-8403 or on line at Tickets are $60 per person or $110 per couple.

The Sun Foundation has served children and families of the Greater Peoria Area for more than 30 yearsprovidinghands-on experience with natural elements that are often missing from today’s classrooms. 

The Sun Foundation’s mission is to strengthen and advance the arts and environmental sciences in rural and urban communities by providing quality and innovative programs, services, publications, research, re-granting financial support, and cooperative efforts for the general public, underserved groups, schools, Illinois artists, and local arts organizations.

Bridget Burke, a parent of campers with Arts & Sciences in the Woods for  10 years, said she urges support of the Sun Foundation..

“I heard about the program from other parents who raved about their kids’ experiences at ASIW,” Burke said.

“ASIW is a summer camp unlike any other. The kids get to learn about nature, perform science experiments and create art. Although the camp is only a 45 minute car ride, the rural setting feels remote and provides a wonderful opportunity for kids to explore the outdoors ... All children need to play outside and experience nature, not just affluent suburban kids. The participants are taught to respect each other and our planet’s precious resources.”

The Sun Foundation has been hard hit by the recent global financial crisis, said Joanne Bloom. She said the economic downturn further exacerbated the financial issues that were created when state funding to the Illinois Arts Council was cut. 

This funding crisis puts Arts & Sciences in the Woods —  a week-long day camp serving more 400 children from the Greater Peoria Area — at risk. 

This program brings artists and scientists from across the country together for five days of hands-on learning and exploration at the Blue Heron Farm in Washburn. 

It also puts The Suzuki School of Music at risk.  The Suzuki method helps students develop listening and motor skills, use of right and left-brain and prose.  

The Clean Water Celebration — a two- day, four event program — is also at risk. The Clean Water Celebration encourages the public to learn to improve water quality, to think critically and creatively about adequate and safe water supplies, and to promote the wise use of natural resources.