Last Saturday night I had the honor of photographing some of the Noah’s Children Benefit. Children from schools around the Richmond area have been creating art that was auctioned off to raise money for sick children. From the Noah’s Children website,
Richmond pediatrician, Dr. Bob Archuleta, purchased the vibrant piece at a school auction and displayed it in the waiting room of his busy practice. Motivated by the daily compliments from patients, Dr. Archuleta decided that something more should be done with this inspiring piece of art.
At a “meet the artists” gathering to celebrate the children’s creativity, Dr. Archuleta spoke with the children as he handed each of them a print of the original collage. He told them he liked the prints as much as the original and suggested that additional prints be made and sold in the community. He asked the children what they should do with any funds that might be raised. One child raised his hand and said the money should go to help “sick children” and another suggested “dying children.” Dr. Archuleta promised the children to do just that, and six months later Noah’s Children Hospice and Palliative Care was a licensed program. The inspiration of these children, and the absence of a pediatric hospice in the Richmond area, was the impetus to establish Noah’s Children.
Today, Noah’s Children continues to serve a critical need as the first and only pediatric hospice and palliative care program in Central Virginia and one of the first in the United States.
Jenna Bush Hager, Author, Contributing Correspondent to NBC’s Today Show and Chair of UNICEF’s Next Generation visited with Noah’s family and was the keynote speaker at the benefit. Her kind words about helping those in need were truly an inspiration.
Dr. Archuleta is also wonderful. A couple weeks ago he visited with a few students and talked to them about their artwork for Noah’s Children.
The live auction was a lot of fun. There was a little battle back and forth on a few items and the auctioneer was having the audience laughing hysterically.
There were amazing works of art by the students. It was really beautiful.
Thank you to all those who came out to support Noah’s Children and for all those who put the benefit on. It was wonderful and I am so honored to have had the opportunity to share the evening with you.