Cherokee student artists decorate canvases for Hospital Foundation’s annual Gala

Cherokee Central Schools students in grades 6 through 12th painted individual canvases to be given to guests of the 12th Annual Cherokee Indian Hospital Foundation Gala scheduled for July 15.

This year’s event is nearly sold out and will bring 700 guests together at the Cherokee Casino Resort to raise funds to support the Cherokee Indian Hospital Foundation.

Each personalized canvas is star-inspired in honor of the Gala’s 2023 theme, “A Star-Filled Summer Night.” The annual Foundation Gala raises money to support employees and programs of the Cherokee Indian Hospital System as well as serves to elevate the culture and heritage of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians to community partners.

Members of the Cherokee Indian Hospital Foundation Board Vice-Chair Maggie Jackson and Yona Wade, Secretary of Education for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians met with middle school art teacher Megan Barnes and several student artists on to receive the artwork. 

The canvases will be just one of the special gifts displayed on tables for guests when they arrive at this year’s Gala. From gifts such as custom engraved keychains to beautifully etched wine glasses, guests of the 2023 Foundation Gala will get the “star treatment” from the moment they arrive.