Have You Met Elena?

Today I want to introduce you to my good friend, Elena Lai Etcheverry who is the founder of Charity Wings, an amazing non-profit organization that spreads the gift of art to those who need it.  She is usually seen sporting a gorgeous set of wings which proves she is really an angel deep down!  She has set up a 6000 sf Arts & Crafts Center in the San Diego area, but her deeds reach much farther than that.  She works tirelessly to join efforts with so many charitable organizations to help fund-raise through arting events.  I met Elena at a Brave Girls’ Camp in 2010 and was instantly drawn to her energy and creativity. 

She has faced some obstacles and brick walls in her fundraising efforts, yet she keeps on moving . . .In her own words, “The mission of the Charity Wings Art & Craft Center is to be an inspiring place for people of all ages to Gather, Give Back and Create; as well as to partner with other charities to give free classes to those who can benefit from the Hope, Happiness, and Healing that art can provide!”  Need I say more?

In an effort to help out Elena and the Charity Wings Organization, I am offering a Mixed-Media Art Kit designed specifically for Charity Wings in my Etsy Shop.  100% of the proceeds go to Charity Wings!  The kit is packed full of beautiful artsy things like a wooden angel wing book, Westcott scissors, an exclusive Suzi Blu stamp, gorgeous papers and glimmering, glittery goodness – just to name a few!  I hope you will consider purchasing a kit to help Elena out.  You can find the kits HERE.

One of the events Elena hosts each year is a fabulous weekend-long art retreat, called Seaside Soiree that will help support her art center.  You can read all about it HERE.  Instructors for this year’s event are the fabulous Jamie Dougherty, Ruth Rae, Kristen Robinson and special guests Jen Cushman and Jennifer Priest.  There are still a few spots left if you can make it!

So happy to introduce you to my friend, Elena.  Once you meet her, you too will have a friend for life!

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  1. DeLee

    I love the kit…just ordered one! Always love to give everyone a chance to create……

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    Cross Posting to the ART Bomb San Diego group on Facebook. We’ve been actively promoting Charity Wings as a resource in our community AND as a really great space to create! I’m thrilled they’re getting the positive press in the arts community!

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    How wonderful Elena is for helping others through art in this way. Art is very healing. Thanks for helping her more and spreading the word.

    1. Lorraine Bell

      Hi Sally! You were the random winner!!!! I will send you an email and you can respond with a mailing address – You’ve won a Charity Wings Kit!!!

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    This is amazing!!! I had a look to get a kit but they dont ship to the UK 🙁
    Keep up the amazing work!

    1. Lorraine Bell

      Hi Molly, I can ship to the UK if you would like – if you want to send me a convo on Etsy, I can estimate the shipping for you. Thanks so much!

  5. Martice Smith II

    Elena is such a lovely lady! I haven’t met her in person (yet) but have been keeping up with her adventures and wonderful updates with Charity Wings. I’m so happy that she’s getting the recognition she deserves! Way to go, Elena! Lorraine, your kit is full of beautiful items and inspirational bits of lovely ephemera!

  6. lura brown

    i have the pleasure of being close enough to be just one of the many volunteers at Charity Wings. i am disabled myself and cannot tell you how much i owe to elena because she helped save me by giving me the opportunity to volunteer and keep my mind off my pain. art truly does heal. elena is truly an angel on earth, she gives with her whole heart to everyone. one of a very special kind xox

  7. lura brown

    ps. thank you so much lorraine for all your help to Charity Wings, it allows us to help so many others. xox

    1. Lorraine Bell

      Thank you Lura – and thank you too for being such an active and supportive member of DLP!

  8. Katrina Williams

    What a wonderful organization. I will have to put this on my "retreat wish list".

  9. Andi Kent

    My kit arrived today and it is beyond awesome! I am excited about every single item. It’s all great quality, super cute, and different from what I already have. Can you tell I’m happy? If you’re on the fence about ordering, just.do.it.

    1. Lorraine Bell

      Thank you Kam and you know I feel the same about you! So glad our paths crossed and I hope they will again very soon!

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