Wish-kid-turned-artist to attend Make-A-Wish auction

Jul 14, 2014

Rockport — On Friday July 18, Make-A-Wish Maine will host the Stars and Spurs annual Fantasy Auction at the Samoset Resort at 5 p.m. in Rockport.

This special evening combines the thrill of a country western-themed party and the magic of wishes. The festivities and live event serve to raise critical funds for the wish granting organization, which supports children across Maine who live with life-threatening medical conditions. The event is the non-profit’s largest event of the year.

Items available for bid range from vacation getaways to sports tickets to one-of-a-kind art from famed wish-kid-turned-artist, Jeffrey Owen Hanson. Hanson was visually impaired by an optic nerve tumor that left him nearly blind in 2005. He qualified for a wish from Make-A-Wish and from that, he was inspired to share the generosity with others.

Thanks to Hanson's impressive ability with acrylic paints and canvas, the visually impaired artist’s paintings have raised more than $1 million for charities worldwide. Most impressive of all, he marked this major milestone before hitting the age of 20. Sir Elton John, Warren Buffet and Susan Serandon are among a few international icons who own the young artist’s paintings.

Hanson was a PEOPLE Magazine “Hero Among Us," appeared on CNN’s “Impact Your World," was voted “Top Kid Making a Difference” by Huffington Post readers, and was one of 10 nationwide to receive Prudential’s prestigious National “Spirit of Community” Award.

One of Hanson's paintings will be auctioned at Make-A-Wish Maine’s annual fantasy auction on Friday. He will be at the event to share his inspirational story. Visit jeffreyowenhanson.com/ to see examples of his painting.

To attend the event, call 221-2306 to purchase tickets for $125 per person or $1,250 for table of 10. Visa, MasterCard, Amex, or check accepted. Make-A-Wish is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and $50 per person is a tax deductible contribution.

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