5th annual "Art For Charlie" fundraiser

Posted at 7:44 AM, May 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-02 07:44:59-04

People were in the creative spirit for the "Art For Charlie" foundation at the East Lansing Marriott Sunday.

The event featured collaborative artwork from eight different elementary schools in the Lansing area.

Participants could bid on art work and enjoy live music.

Proceeds go to the "Art For Charlie" foundation named after a local boy who died of terminal brain cancer in December of 2013.

Their mission is to support families suffering the loss of a child and strengthen pediatric hospice offerings for those children that needed it.

The chair of the children's art committee tells FOX 47 News the event helps people start a conversation about grief and loss.

"This is stuff that people don't like to talk about, I feel like grief is so totally taboo in our culture," Says Melissa Fore.

"But 'Art for Charlie' is trying to bring that into the community and say let's talk about it, let's support people, people don't like to talk about children's hospice, right?"