Local artists from Brevard County will be putting their inspirations and talents to good use, designing one-of-a-kind decorative chairs that will be auctioned off during “Chairs for C.A.R.E.S.” an event to benefit Brevard C.A.R.E.S. on Saturday, November 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Cocoa Elks Lodge – 315 Florida Ave. in Cocoa Village.

The event is free to attend and also will showcase artistic works from children throughout Brevard, including children in foster care who reside at Country Acres group home, in Titusville.  There will be a silent auction, door prizes, food, cash bar, and music and entertainment by Karaoke Tony.

 “Chairs for C.A.R.E.S.” is the brainchild of Carolyn Seiler, owner of Carolyn Seiler Studios in Cocoa Village who supports Brevard C.A.R.E.S. and the positive effect the organization has had in reducing the incidences of child abuse and neglect on the Space Coast. Through its unique use of Wraparound and Family Team Conferencing, Brevard C.A.R.E.S. provides formal and natural supports to families who may be experiencing stressors or situations that could lead to a child being removed from his or her home.

“I’ve been teaching art to children in my studio in for about 12 years,” said Seiler. “Every year we host an art show to raise money for some worthy cause. One day a student arrived at class with his two new foster brothers. I immediately called his mom and said, “Who needs our money?” She told me about Brevard CARES and the connection was instant. This is kids helping kids and we know that any money we raise will go directly to those who are our friends, schoolmates, and neighbors. Our hope is that we raise not only money, but also awareness about the people in our community who might need our help. And I want our kids to know that the smallest contribution can make a difference.”

Chairs available for auction will be on display during Cocoa Village’s monthly Gallery Walk on Saturday, November 6.  Sponsors of “Chairs for CARES” include Bad Birds Gallery, Cocoa Village Merchant’s Association, Carolyn Seiler Studios, Max Trainer Studio, and Studio in Blue. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Brevard C.A.R.E.S.

Additional information can be found at www.studioinblue.com/emailoffers/chairsforcares.html or by contacting Carolyn Seiler at 637-0444 or email: carolyn@carolynseiler.com