Did you know that you can meaningfully impact our city’s youth by enjoying an evening of arts and hors d’oeuvres?

On Friday, January 13th, Artworks (19 Everett Alley, Trenton, NJ 08611) will host an Ink and Drink from 6-7 pm. This event will benefit A Vision for Trenton Youth, a Henry J. Austin Health Center campaign to provide accessible vision care to Trenton children. Throughout the workshop, attendees can explore the art of printmaking. In addition, guests will learn all about block printing and have the opportunity to create an original print! Artworks’ very own Kate Eggleston will host the workshop. If you’re interested in attending, you can RSVP online here: Vision for Trenton Youth – RSVP. Upon RSVPing, attendees are recommended to donate $50 per person to this wonderful cause.

After the Ink and Drink concludes, guests can enjoy an evening of festivities to celebrate the opening of the Vision for Trenton Youth exhibition at Artworks. The opening reception will feature complimentary wine, hors d’oeuvres, and live music. Guests can also enjoy a unique address from the Henry J. Austin Health Center Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kemi Alli. The exhibition features pieces from local artists, which will be available for auction the night of the reception. All proceeds from the event will go directly to supporting a child in need of vision services. Your generosity can help transform a child’s life in our community.

A Vision for Trenton Youth is a groundbreaking campaign to help make vision care accessible for students in the Trenton Public School system. Research suggests that 80% of the learning done by children in their first 12 years is visual. Unfortunately, children with visual impairments are likelier to fail at least one test and fall behind on reading by 3rd grade. Children are at a much higher risk for dropout if these critical milestones are not met. In the City of Trenton, where dropout rates are higher than the national average, our students must remain engaged in their education.

In underserved communities, 95% of children who need corrective vision services cannot access them. Without addressing these issues, children are more likely to avoid reading, have difficulty focusing, and can suffer from headaches. Thankfully, the Henry J. Austin Health Center is here to help. The Center provides various healthcare services to the Trenton community, offering a holistic approach to health and wellness. They provide the community with critical care, resources, and support to help Trentonians achieve the highest possible quality of life. If you want to reach out more about the HJAHC and its mission, additional details are available here: HJAHC – About.

Artworks, another pillar in the Trenton community, also support this event. By hosting the exhibition, they can provide opportunities for exposure to local artists while continuing to benefit children in need of vision care. Throughout the year, Artworks allows individuals to encounter the arts, explore their creativity, and funnel support back into the community. Additional details regarding Artworks are available here: Artworks – Home.

If an elegant evening of creativity and conversation sounds fun, this event is for you. However, if you cannot make it out to the reception but still want to support the cause, donations can be made at any time here: Donate – A Vision for Trenton Youth. With the opportunity to help some of our city’s youngest residents, we can’t envision a better evening in the town!

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