Student launching art auction to raise money for Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House

Several works of art by teens and professional artists available to buy
Updated: May. 19, 2022 at 12:00 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Amri Gussenhoven is merging two areas of her life she’s passionate about, to help raise money for a local non-profit. The Canterbury High School sophomore helped start an art club for fellow creatives. Gussenhoven and her peers thought they could sell some of their work to donate money to the Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House, where she also volunteers.

The Hope House provides families of hospitalized children, a place to stay during the duration of treatment. Both locations can be found outside Lutheran and Dupont Hospitals. The cost to those who need it? Free. Now, they may be seeing an extra financial boost, due to the initiative of selfless student.

“I was completely blown away that it was her giving spirit,” executive director Wendy Hoering told us. “For young people to have an interest for supporting others, especially through philanthropy — it is just so admirable, and I am so fortunate that we’re the organization that she wanted to work with.”

The Art for Hope auction runs from May 23 at 9 a.m, to May 27 at 9 p.m. Bidders can buy works of students, and also professional, artists. An effort on Gussenhoven’s part, that is impressive. “Basically, I spent my spring break doing a lot of research on local artists in Fort Wayne, and just searching on Facebook for artists who had some really cool stuff,” she said, “reaching out to them, and taking my chances. I sent a lot of emails!” Contributing artists include Jill Wagner, Carolyn Fehsenfeld, Madeline Phuong, Hannah Burnworth, and many more listed here.

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“Amri — she has a passion for art, and bringing together artists to support the Hope House,” Hoering shared. “I just think that’s an amazing thing, that when people can look at what gifts they have of their own, and how they can share that to make the world a better place.”

“I started this, and I was just happy to give any support to the Hope House I could — I didn’t have a set goal in mind,” Gussenhoven admitted. “After working on this for so long, I came to the point where I just had to stand back and look at all the pieces I had, and I was kind of in awe!”

She continued, “And if I could raise a couple thousand dollars that would be amazing.”

All proceeds from the auction go to supporting the Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House.

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