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An artist showcase and fundraiser for the Children’s Center brings together a variety of local businesses and artists to support an Oregon City medical assessment center for suspected abused or neglected children.

Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY: PAM PESETTI - A red hat by Christine Thum Schlesser of West Linn to benefit Oregon City's Children's Center.Local businesses are stepping up to participate from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Dragonfly Gifts in West Linn is hosting a children's book author reading/signing. Another children's book author will be selling her book and doing crafts with children at the fundraising site, West Linn's Central Village Marketplace's Suite 106, where an anonymous donor is matching $40,000 for Children’s Center if the financial goal is reached by Dec. 31.

Children’s Center Executive Director Barbara Peschiera wrote in her appeal to the community, “Yes, we have a $40,000 challenge before us, but our bigger challenge is to inspire people to join us in the mission of helping families who have suffered child abuse. The financial challenge is tangible — we can track it with a thermometer celebrating every dollar raised. But the real challenge of involving the community in our mission is harder to measure.”

Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY: PAM PESETTI - Among the items benefiting the Children's Center will be recycled leather jewelry by Sarah Moore of Oregon City .As a Children's Center volunteer and former business owner of Ego at Central Village Marketplace, Pam Pesetti reached out to the landlord, Gramor Development, to donate the space, and then to local artists to show their goods and give back a percentage of their profits. Each artist is donating at least 20 percent of their profits, and some are donating 50 percent to 100 percent.

“I believe it sets a great example of both large and small gestures for a common good,” Pesetti said. “During December, when it is easy to get caught up in the stresses surrounding the season, this is an opportunity to display giving in our community.”

For event questions, call Pesetti at 503-880-4866.

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