Autumn de Forest began her charitable efforts at the young age of six and has been focused on giving back ever since. Long before Autumn ever sold her first painting, she was giving thousands to those in need. Autumn insisted upon helping her community in the form of donating large paintings to Opportunity Village, the premiere charity in her city, Las Vegas.
In an effort to raise funds for musical instruments for under privileged kids, Autumn’s painting “Sunrise” not only received the highest bid at silent auction – but the MOST bids as well. Generating funds to help those twice her age, Autumn has always insisted upon doing for those with less than she has. Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people in the Southern Nevada community with intellectual disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives of the families who love them.
“Autumn brings so much more to this world than her wonderful paintings. She is a blessed soul and shares this with everyone around her,” stated Jean Perry, the organizations Executive Director.
When tragedy struck in Haiti and Japan, Autumn insisted on donating the proceeds to organizations established to assist the victims of the disasters faced in each country. The original pieces she created are valued at over $50,000 and Autumn is actively pursuing a charitable channel for them to be auctioned off and have the proceeds distributed.
Most recently, Autumn designed yoga mats to be auctioned off for Bent On Learning, a New York City based foundation that held a fundraiser to raise money for teaching yoga to NYC public school children in their classrooms. By providing every child with their own mat and integrating the practice of yoga into their daily routine, Bent On Learning helps children learn to feel better about themselves, release stress, and calm their emotions— all of which makes them healthier and happier. http://bentonlearning.org/art-auction-preview/
In addition, to honor the rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Sandy, Autumn has created a special tribute painting to be auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds going to the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund. A giant replica of this commemorative piece of art will be unveiled the first week in July at Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks in Wildwood, NJ as part of the opening celebrations of Morey’s Piers’ new artBOX, a first-of-its-kind boardwalk artist colony made from re-purposed shipping containers. http://www.moreyspiers.com/landing-page/autumn
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