Padua Center fundraiser features children’s artwork

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Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:15
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TOLEDO—Artwork drawn by children of The Padua Center is the centerpiece of the “Peaces” of Art fifth birthday party for the outreach center.

The program begins at 5 p.m. Oct. 16 at Toledo Gesu’s Sullivan Center. The Padua Center fundraiser features a silent auction and a public auction of the children’s art. Because building a peaceful world is the bedrock of all programs sponsored by The Padua Center, the artworks completed by the children are called “Peaces of Art.”

The featured guest of the evening is U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a Padua promoter, and a special tribute is to be given to Alicia Smith, the center’s former educational coordinator.

The Padua Center was established as an outreach center in 2006 by the Diocese of Toledo with Tiffin Franciscan Sister Virginia Welsh as its director.

Located at the former Toledo St. Anthony on Nebraska Avenue, the center sponsors several programs, including an alternative to suspension for children from Pickett Academy, Martin Luther King School and Ella M. Stewart School. Supported by grants and donations, The Padua Center offers free programs for children of the neighborhood throughout the year.

Brighten Up, the center’s community organizing project, initiated a process of renaming the neighborhood. George Lee submitted the name Kwanzaa Park. This name was selected at a neighborhood meeting and is now the designation for the neighborhood surrounding the Padua Center. Presently, the Brighten Up board is working with a research class of the University of Toledo to develop a process of applying the seven Kwanzaa principles throughout the neighborhood.

Tickets are $35 per person and may be reserved by calling 419-241-6465. For information about The Padua Center, visit

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