First Employee Art Contest Raises $ 608 for Project Safe, ADFAC

Back row, left to right, Brittany Burger, Oak Ridge Police Department (ORPD); Jim Sherrill, Public Services Business Office (UBO); Lieutenant Matthew Tedford, ORPD; and Andrew Lape, UBO. The middle row, left to right, is Rachelle Clowers, Jamie Fischer, DeDe Wolfe and Amy Justice, all from UBO. In the front row, left to right, are Marlene Bannon, UBO; Kirsten Aslinger, UBO; Annie Cacheiro, ADFAC; and Joey Smith, ADFAC. (Photo submitted)

The Town of Oak Ridge hosted its first employee art competition this fall to benefit Project Safe, a program administered by Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties (ADFAC), and winners and donation totals are known , according to a press release.

The theme of the inaugural art competition, which ran from October 4 to November 17, 2021, was “Town of Oak Ridge Facilities, Services or People”.

Employees were invited to create artwork on this theme, and then the work was displayed for voting.

Employees could donate $ 1 to Project Safe to vote for their favorite pieces. Project Safe is helping members of our community who need help paying their utility bills, according to the press release.

The People’s Choice Award winner and first place in the Town of Oak Ridge’s first employee art competition in 2021 went to Jim Sherrill of the Utility Business Office. (Photo submitted)
The People’s Choice Award winner and first place in the Town of Oak Ridge’s first employee art competition in 2021 went to Jim Sherrill of the Utility Business Office. (Photo submitted)

The vote took place on Friday, November 19, under the direction of Jim Dodson, Jefferson Middle School art teacher and member of the Oak Ridge City Council, and the former executive director of the Arts Council of Oak Ridge, Joye Montgomery.

“Thanks to the level of participation of city employees, Project Safe received a donation of $ 608, which includes a donation of $ 500 from the welfare committee and $ 108 in votes in total,” the press release said.

The People’s Choice Award winner and first place went to Utility Business Office’s Jim Sherrill. He received a $ 50 gift card as a reward.

Second place and honorable mention went to Deputy City Manager Jack Suggs and third place and honorable mention went to Kayla DeMori of the Public Works Department.

Second place and Honorable Mention were awarded to Deputy City Manager Jack Suggs in the Town of Oak Ridge’s inaugural Employee Art Competition in 2021. (Photo submitted)

The art competition was sponsored by the Oak Ridge Welfare Committee with the help of other interested staff members, according to the press release. Participation was optional and the artwork was produced outside of working hours, on employees’ personal time.

“The wellness committee would like to thank everyone who participated by voting and displaying their talents for a good cause,” the press release said. “The competition is something the committee plans to continue to organize each year. “

Third place and honorable mention went to Kayla DeMori of the Public Works Department in the Town of Oak Ridge’s inaugural Employee Art Competition in 2021. (Photo submitted)
Third place and honorable mention went to Kayla DeMori of the Public Works Department in the Town of Oak Ridge’s inaugural Employee Art Competition in 2021. (Photo submitted)

More information will be added as it becomes available.

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