Sunday, November 27, 2011

If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other

If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other...
(Mother Teresa)
The phone call came in late Summer, that "RCS Helps" has selected the artwork of the Plein Aire Cottage Artists for their 2011 Holiday fundraising card.  The Spiritual Yacht Basin Painting was selected.
In 2007 the Plein Aire Cottage Artists were the featured artists and over $18,000.00 was raised.  We are again, hopeful, for another successful season.
The Gift of Food is an all volunteer, student-led group that raises funds to buy food
for the Religious Community Services (RCS) Food Bank. The RCS Food Bank
feeds over 5,000 people in our area every month, with the majority of these being children.
Each year, the money raised by The Gift of Food funds the RCS/Gift of Food
Endowment Fund within the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, which,
once fully funded, will provide money to buy food for the RCS Food Bank
for many years to come.
Each year, we design and sell holiday cards featuring the work of a local
artist for $20 each. When you purchase our cards and give them to friends,
relatives, and business associates, you are giving the Gift of Food, and your
donation will help to feed the hungry in our community.
It's easy to give the Gift of Food. Here's how:

1. You purchase a Gift of Food card, thereby donating a Gift of Food in honor
of your colleague, customer, or friend instead of sending the annual fruit basket,
wine, or gift certificate.

2. Each card is only $20 and is tax deductible. Tax receipts will be sent to you
by the RCS/Gift of Food Endowment Fund within the Community Foundation
of Tampa Bay.

3. For each $20 donation, you will receive a beautiful card (with envelope)
that tells the recipient about the good you and they have done to help feed
the hungry of our community.
Simply click on  Gift of Food to donate or purchase cards securely
through PayPal. You do not need a PayPay account to purchase cards.
Thank you for your support.
Our 2011 Gift of Food cards feature a painting by award-winning artists Mary Rose Holmes, Violetta Chandler and Helen Tilston. They have represented the USA at the Florence Biennale, received a State Award from Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, exhibited at Leepa Rattner and Cornell Museums. Their paintings are at Guppy's Restaurant, Villa Gallace, The Wine Cellar.
Contact information:
Tel. 813.294.2272 - E-Mail:

The 2011 card features the art of the
Plein Aire Cottage Artists
Our current and past student volunteers include:
Founders Katherine & Margo Sultenfuss, Livi Ayers, Timothy Magidson,
Gregory Abdo, Kelly Coogan, Ellie Thomas,
Allegra Paolillo, Erica Soike, Sarah Wilkerson, Nicole Abdo, Bre Beirl,
Christina Cardy, Maggie Coogan, Erin Showalter, Charles Thomas, Christina Warner,
Amanda Hobson, Megan Murphy, Christine Sinicrope, Justin Haas

If you have any questions please contact Sherry Sultenfuss, Gift of Food
coordinator (727) 586-6267

The statement of purpose is to feed the hungry in our community for years
to come by contributing to the RCS/Gift of Food Endowment Fund Within 
the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. All endowment donations are
earmarked for the purchase of food at the RCS Food Bank. A copy of the 
official registration and financial information may by obtained from the 
Division of Consumers Services by calling toll free, within the State
of Florida: 800-435-7352. Registration does not imply endorsement,
approval, or recommendation by the state. Registration CH1242. 



  1. How wonderful!

    And on an unrelated note, your photos are always so sunny and wonderful looking. Wish I was there instead of in this gray weather!

  2. oooohhh Helen! Guess what is being put in the good deed queue?! Maybe later this week in fact. I'll be sure to link to this site!

  3. Katie
    You kind words are always a joy.
    I hope the sun shines in your corner of the world
    Helen xx

  4. Carolynn Cecilia

    Thank you kindly dear Carlynn Cecilia.
    Your good deed queue would be most welcomed by RSC The Gift of Food.

    Continued blessings on all the good deeds you are performing
    Mary Rose, Violetta and Helen xx