A West Islip mom is donating artwork to a charity event benefiting an organization that is helping her daughter live independently.
Tracy Lowery’s daughter, Sara Jean Hammel, was recently matched with Kyle, a three-year-old Black Lab-Retriever from the Canine Companions for Independence group based in Medford.
Lowery’s artwork will be one of many items auctioned off during “Art Unleashed,” a charity event to benefit the organization taking place this Sunday in Oyster Bay.
The art auction features major Long Island artists as well as Canine Companion graduates and volunteers.
Fifty original works art will be up for auction. Donated by artists, each work is animal related.
The Silent Auction will also include a Live Event “Dog” Artist Painting in the Gallery (featuring Canine Companions Assistance Dog artist Oksana); Canine Companion Puppies in Training, Graduate Teams and all the artists who have donated to the fundraiser.
Canine Companions for Independence is the largest non-profit provider of trained assistance dogs with five regional training centers across the country. Established in 1975, Canine Companions provides highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. There is no charge for the dog, its training and on-going follow-up services.
For more information, visit cci.org or call 1-800-572-BARK.