What a blast! On Tuesday May 1st, Give Day Tampa Bay, we featured our pop-up art installation at Armature Works in Tampa.
Three separate kid-themed scenes made up the Instagrammable pop-up, with pro photographers at each scene. For any donation, we'd snap your photo and email it to you on the spot.
The kite scene was created by Tallahassee muralist Matt Shanaghan. He and his wife Morgan lost their son Miles to neuroblastoma in February of this year, and generously donated their art in his memory. A gold kite floated in front of the blue skies and park backdrop.
The trike scene was inspired by a video of Ezra Matthews, son of our Executive Director Kyle Matthews and his wife Robyn. Ezra was lost to nb in 2010. A gold tricycle (gold is the ribbon color for childhood cancer) was in front of a colorful city backdrop.
And most popular, was out adult-sized ball-pit, filled with 4,500 colorful balls. Created here in Tampa from plexiglass and aluminum, the 8 foot by 8 foot backdrop was hand painted by local artist Kathy Hurley. Hurley generously donated the art, and has been a supporter and close friend of Beat Nb since before our inception.
Huge thanks are in order to Community Foundation of Tampa Bay for putting on the event, which is a 24 hour feature of over 500 nonprofits in the Tampa Bay area. As well as to Armature Works for donating the space for the Insta-llation, to the Brink Foundation for sponsoring the event, and to everyone who came out and participated. And a big thanks to FOX and Walter Allen for the coverage!
Through prizes, donations, and a brilliant gift from our friends at Team Parker for Life, we raised over $35,000 this year on Give Day. This money will continue to help KIDS beat neuroblastoma and other childhood cancers today and every day.
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