Thursday, April 12, 2007

Your Town-Edwin Gould Services for Children By Kathleen Giordano

The Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families (EGSCF) held its fifth annual Artrageous gala dinner and art auction to benefit children through art. It was held at Cipriani's in New York City and honored Peter and Nejma Beard, James Cavello and Vincent du Vigneaud. The EGSCF has an array of services, which address the complex and multiple problems that often lead to family disintegration. "This includes preventative services designed to intervene with troubled families, services to reduce or eliminate domestic violence as well as vocational and employment programs to empower families economically." They also offer group living environments for developmentally disable adults and children whose families are unable to care for them. The evening held a live art auction hosted by Sotheby's. The artwork was from the first part of the Artrageous event which was Children's Day. The guests were able to enjoy the company of others while paying tribute to the four honorees for their services and support of children. Peter and Nejma Beard were the first honored. They have been actively supporting the Artrageous projects for many years. They contributed Peter's unique photographs of the land, wildlife and people of Africa to the auction. Their humanitarian efforts go beyond domestic issues, but globally as well. They are apart of many organizations that benefit people all over the world. James Cavello is an art consultant and active member of the arts community. He is the President and co-owner of the Westwood Gallery in SoHo, New York. Through his career he has assisted many international and local non-profit organizations. He serves on the board of many programs that benefit and help children. Cavello is a participating artist in the Artrageous event. Vincent du Vigneaud is dedicated to assisting neglected and abused children to a better life. He began as a donor for the EGSCF and soon became a mentor for children. He used a hands-on approach to motivate children in academics and career goals. du Vigneaud constantly is striving to help people, especially those in need. He supports many causes and his niece Madyn Coakley serves on the Artrageous Kids Committee.

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