Fossil’s Works of HeART Auction To Benefit Big Thought

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Fossil Group will host its seventh annual Works of HeART auction and fundraiser next week, benefitting Big Thought, a nonprofit organization working to close the opportunity gap (Photo courtesy Can Turkyilmaz).

Have some empty walls and empty shelves you need to fill? Fossil Group will host its seventh annual Works of HeART auction and fundraiser next week, and the money from that piece of art you could pick up there will go to benefit Big Thought, a nonprofit organization working to close the opportunity gap.

The event, which will be held Friday, Feb. 1, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Fossil Group Headquarters, will showcase original artwork created by company employees. Paintings, textiles, jewelry and even a 3D printed piece are on the auction block, and all proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction will support Big Thought, a Fossil Foundation partner.

Big Thought’s mission of closing the opportunity gap for area students includes in-school, out-of-school and community partnership programs, with the idea that making imagination part of everyday learning can help achieve that. The organization also helps ensure that students get high-quality learning experiences (their summer camps are the stuff of wonder, and are offered free of charge) that promote creativity as well as social and emotional learning.

Children throughout North Texas are able to attend quality summer camps, thanks to Big Thought (Photo courtesy Big Thought).

In fact, the auction items include specially curated art from the organization’s Creative Solutions program, which uses performing and visual arts to re-ignite the imaginations of juvenile offenders also helping them develop skills that will assist them in being career and college ready, partnering with the Dallas County Juvenile Department and Southern Methodist University. The program culminates in a theater event and art exhibit.

“The Dallas County Juvenile Department has the lowest recidivism rate in the state, which they have attributed in part to the success of Creative Solutions,” the organization said.

The event will be held Friday, Feb. 1, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Fossil Group Headquarters, 901 S. Central Expressway in Richardson. Tickets are available here.

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Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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