Help Tucson Teen in Need of a Wheelchair-Accessible Van at Creative Juice Fundraiser July 7-14by Hot Off The Press (Release) on Jul. 06, 2012, under Press Releases
Here’s a fun way to help a local family in need of a wheelchair-accessible van for their son: sip wine and paint with friends at Creative Juice Art Bar.
Creative Juice, 6530E. Tanque Verde Road, is hosting a weeklong fundraiser July 7-14 to aid in collecting funds for a specially-equipped van for Chad Preble, 17.
Chad and his twin, Connor, were born three months premature to Sue and Craig Preble. The twins, each weighing less than 2 pounds, were given a 25 percent chance of survival, but the feisty babies beat the odds.
Chad, who was diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, loves to be on the go. “The first thing he says every morning is ‘Go,’ says his mom, Sue. “We have been able to transport Chad using a car seat in our Suburban, but I must lift him in and out and lift his wheelchair – we call it his hot rod – in and out of the aging Suburban.’’
Sue has been diagnosed with severe arthritis in both hands and requires surgery, limiting her ability to lift Chad and his wheelchair.
The family recently took part in a national online competition to win a wheelchair-accessible van. They came in 15th place out of 1,700, and did not win the van, but are holding numerous fundraisers to reach their goal of raising the $45,000 to $70,000 needed to purchase a van. They have set up an account at Wells Fargo Bank, account number 2427021759.
“Having an adapted vehicle would make life for Chad so much more comfortable and allow him the opportunity to be out in the public more and more,’’ Sue said. “A new accessible vehicle would be a huge blessing for Chad and our family.’’
To help raise money for Chad’s van, sign up for any class at Creative Juice the week of July 7-14 at www.creativejuiceartbar.com. Classes cost between $25 and $35, and $10 from each class will go towards the van fund when you mention Chad’s name.
Whether you’re confident with the paint pallet or a novice, Creative Juice provides an inspired atmosphere. Artists can sip wine and paint in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Classes are led by resident artists who provide step-by-step lessons in painting, with no experience required. Bring your creativity and walk out with a work of art that is worthy of framing.
Owned and operated by certified Tucson teachers Chellie Krajnak and Kristina Valencia and business owner Preston Pingry, Creative Juice offers classes in La Plaza Shoppes on Tanque Verde, 6530 E. Tanque Verde.
Picasso wannabees can select from a number of painting classes, which include the canvas and all art supplies. Adult classes include a relaxing glass of wine and fun music in a casual, relaxed atmosphere.In addition to evening and weekend adult classes, Creative Juice offers classes and programs for children and teens. Sunday Funday events are designed for kids and adults to paint together.
Creative Juice offers private parties as well as events to raise money for your school’s art program or your favorite charity.
For more information and to sign up for a class, go to www.creativejuiceartbar.com.