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Bingham High True Blue Art Show To Help Families

Jan 04, 2016 12:21PM ● Published by Julie Slama

By Julie Slama

South Jordan - The fourth annual True Blue Art Show and Action will give community members a chance to bid for art pieces and at the same time, raise money for others.

The three-hour show and auction will be at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 14 in the Bingham High media center. The artwork is donated by students and community members who want their pieces auctioned so the money can be provided to local families and charities in the community to provide Christmas for those who may have fallen on hard times, said Nikki Blandford, senior class secretary and art club vice president of activities.

“Our most successful show raised about $1,000, and we are hoping to match or exceed that this year,” she said.

Blandford said that the show involves students, families and community members as anyone could donate the artwork. Before the auction, pieces are grouped according to size, medium and difficulty. Opening bids begin at $5.

“We hope that donating artists will sign their work and maybe even write a note about the piece,” she said, adding that she intends to donate a pencil drawing. “Putting time and effort in the work of art shows it is special to the artist and donating it shows they care about the community. It’s a humbling experience.” 

Blandford said that many of the families are identified through the Jordan Education Foundation as well as other organizations that provide for those in need.

Studentbody officer of service Andrew Boud said that it is a Bingham tradition to donate to True Blue to help the community.

“True Blue is a helping hand, reached out by Bingham, to the community to help those who find themselves in need of support,” he said. “This year we hope to bring True Blue back to the basics. Every family deserves to have a Christmas. No parents should be put in the position of having to tell their kids that ‘Santa’ will not be coming around this year. We, at Bingham High School, would like to be that ‘Santa’ for families. A great portion of the donations we receive will be put toward helping give a Christmas to those who may not otherwise be able to afford one.”

Other True Blue activities include a zumba-thon at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2; a talent show at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10; an improv pay to play at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11; a winter dance at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12 in the cafeteria; and a dodge ball tournament at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15 and Wednesday, Dec. 16. 

In addition, on Thursday, Dec. 3, about 120 Bingham students planned to take Starlight Foundation foster children to see the lights at Temple Square. 

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