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Draw Your Dreams winners announced

Six area youth will be honored next month for their efforts in creating illustrations of their special dreams.

Earlier this year, Building Dreams, formerly Playhouse Project Spokane, invited budding young artists throughout the Inland Northwest to create original artwork as part of an annual auction for area community centers.

The “Draw to Dream” competition was open to ages 4 and under, 5-8 and 9-12, and artists were evaluated on creativity and adherence to the topic.  The top submissions in each age group received a variety of prizes including an iPad Mini for the overall grand prize winner. 

The winners will be recognized at the second-ever Building Dreams gala auction fund-raiser May 10 at the Spokane Convention Center.

Tickets are $40 per person, or $400 for a table of 10, and can be purchased by calling (509) 323-7480 or online at westcentralcc.org.  Raffle tickets are $1 apiece and available at any of the three community centers or at the Spokane Home Builders Premier Show April 11-13. 

Along with recognition of the artistic winners, the event will also include the auctioning of a variety of original playhouses and related other structures created by area builders and artists.

Last year, 12 unique structures were auctioned off, but this year, more items are available including dog houses, patio furniture, gazebos, grape arbors, pergolas, community library boxes, jungle gyms, dollhouses and greenhouses. 

Proceeds from the auction benefit the West Central Community Center, Northeast Youth Center and the Peaceful Valley Community Center.  These centers provide programs and services promoting education, recreation and positive life choices for at-risk youth. 

Last year’s event raised $48,344 for youth programs.   

To watch construction of structures being built for the auction, follow Building Dreams Spokane on Facebook.  To get more information on the auction or become a sponsor, call Kim Ferraro at (509) 323-7480 or visit westcentralcc.org. 

The “Draw Your Dream” winners included:

  • Grand Prize Winner – Paige Wilton, 8, Hayden, Idaho
  • Winner Ages 1-4 – Kailen Sandberg, 4, Spokane
  • Winner Ages 5-8 – Divine Maple, 7, Coulee City, Wash.
  • Winner Ages 9-12 – Mackenzi Sandberg, 11, Spokane
  • Honorable Mention Most Charitable – Gabriella “Gabby” Kelly, 10, Newman Lake, Wash.
  • Honorable Mention Most Creative – Stella Beadle, 9, Spokane

To see the winning entries, click here.