The Town of Oak Ridge hosted its first employee art competition to benefit Project Safe, a program administered by Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties (ADFAC), this fall, and the winners and total donations have arrived. .
The theme of the inaugural art competition, which ran from October 4 to November 17, was “Town of Oak Ridge Facilities, Services or People”.
Employees were invited to create artwork on this theme, and then the work was displayed for voting. Employees could donate $ 1 to Project Safe to vote for their favorite pieces. Project Safe is helping community members who need help paying their utility bills, according to a press release.
The vote was taken on Friday, November 19, judging by Jim Dodson, an art teacher at Jefferson Middle School and a member of the Oak Ridge City Council, as well as Joye Montgomery, former executive director of the Arts Council of Oak Ridge.
Thanks to the level of participation of city employees, Project Safe received a donation of $ 608, which includes a donation of $ 500 from the welfare committee and $ 108 in total votes, according to the release.
The People’s Choice Award winner and first place went to Utility Business Office’s Jim Sherrill. He received a $ 50 gift card as a reward.
Second place and honorable mention went to Deputy City Manager Jack Suggs and third place and honorable mention went to Kayla DeMori of the Public Works Department.
The art competition was sponsored by the Oak Ridge Welfare Committee with the help of other interested staff members. Participation was optional and the artwork was produced outside of working hours, on employees’ personal time.
The Wellness Committee thanked everyone who participated by voting and displaying their talents for a good cause. The competition is something the committee plans to continue running on an annual basis, the statement said.