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Chalk It Up 4 Charity

By Terri Wiebold; photos by Megan Hassler and Maddie Provost

Photo collage of chalk drawings

Budding artists gathered at Elk Ridge Park as part of Party in the Park in August to take part in Chalk It Up 4 Charity, a community sidewalk art contest where 100 percent of the proceeds go to a local nonprofit and the winner gets to decide which one – stay tuned until next month to find out which charity our winner will select.

For the second year in a row, The Castle Pines Connection hosted Chalk It Up 4 Charity, an art contest where youth in the community gathered at Party in the Park (see related postings, Party in the Pines – Vino in the Village and Party in the Park) to make creations with sidewalk chalk. This year’s theme of “What I enjoyed this summer in Castle Pines” brought a whole new level of creativity.

Judges previewed landscapes, outdoor activities, animals and fun shapes, but a colorful slice of watermelon with three dimensional seeds caught the judges’ eyes and took the grand prize – the opportunity to select the local nonprofit that will receive ALL of the proceeds of the event.

Congratulations to 9-year-old Nathan Fields for winning first place. Once Nathan selects the charity of his choice, The Connection will do a follow-up story with details about the donation. In the meantime, Nathan will enjoy a pizza and bowling party with three of his friends at Celebrity Lanes, along with free passes to Castle Rock Zip Line Tours, a cake from The Bundt Shoppe and a Smoothie King gift card.

Our second and third place winners will also receive pizza bowling parties and mini bundt cakes. They were Logan Dietrich, who created an outdoor scene of a cyclist on a bike path and Joseph Hanna, whose creative perspective of a river through a cellphone lens impressed the judges. There were so many other really great drawings this year that we have selected 10 honorable mentions, all of whom will receive mini bundt cakes: Jacqueline Hanna, Abby Losinger, Riley Gehrke, Vedanth Satish, Brynn Reed, Cole Whittingham, Boone Thompson, Mollie Fagan, Hanna Cadwell and Kelsey Hansen.

Special thanks to our artist basket sponsors Sky Ridge Medical Center, Castle Pines Eye Care, Colorado Kids Pediatric Dentistry, Camp Bow Wow, Chick-fil-A, Douglas County Libraries, the City of Castle Pines and LIV Sotheby’s Castle Pines. There is still time to join in and donate to this very worthwhile cause – email editor@castlepinesconnection.com for details.

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