“Portraits Helping Heroes” is a fan-driven fundraiser organized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1’s Veterans Arts Council to help our nation’s veterans by pairing a celebrity with legally blind, award-winning artist and veteran Jim Stevens who paints a personal, one-of-a-kind portrait of the star. Then, to make it even more meaningful, the finished painting is signed by both the artist and the celebrity and offered to fans in a prize drawing for the ultimate autographed collectible.
The campaign started with the portrait of country music recording artist Michael Peterson whose #1 hit “From Here to Eternity” is ranked as one of country’s top 100 love songs and beloved as one of country music’s top 20 wedding songs!
Donations from Portraits Helping Heroes help our nation’s veterans and a lucky fan wins a one-of-a-kind, autographed, painted portrait.
Check back often to find out who will be the subject of the next portrait and how to enter to win.
All the funds raised through “Portraits Helping Heroes” will help develop the Veterans Arts Council (VAC) program into a national art, music, writing and performance opportunity for veterans with chapters in local communities throughout the country. Right now, our war veterans are experiencing anger, grief, depression and pain, and a reported 22 veterans a day commit suicide. The VAC is working hard to end that horrific number by giving veterans a life alternative through the arts.
VFW Post 1 is the first and oldest VFW Post in the nation, founded in 1899. In 2015 VFW Post 1 started the Veterans Arts Council (VAC) to give veterans a life-purpose through the arts, improve mental health and help end the high rate of veteran suicide. Their goal with “Portraits Helping Heroes” is to repeat the success of their VAC program in local communities throughout the country.
For more information contact:
Commander | Executive Director
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1 & Veterans Arts Council
841 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204