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Wake Forest students fight poverty with art


April 16, 2007

SWAP (Students Working Against Poverty), a Wake Forest University student organization, will hold its second annual stART (student art) auction to raise funds to fight poverty from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 20 at the DADA (Downtown Arts District Association) Community Center during Winston-Salem’s Gallery Hop. 

The event, which features a silent auction and reception, is co-hosted by two Wake Forest seniors, Melissa Price and Drew Crofton, and is the group’s major fundraising and awareness event. 

The auction is a joint effort between Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University and Salem College.  A variety of artwork, including prints, paintings, photographs and drawings, will be donated by students from all four schools. 

Auction proceeds will go to Crisis Control Ministry in Winston-Salem, an organization that responds to the emergency financial and physical needs of local citizens with the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency.  Donations will also be accepted at the event.

Price and Crofton founded SWAP after seeing the extent of poverty while on trips overseas.  “No other organization existed at Wake Forest whose primary goal was to fight poverty in innovative ways.  We think SWAP has the potential to do that on a local level,” Price said.

For more information, call Melissa Price at (336) 692-3579.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


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