Alums and Students Launch Draw-A-Thon for Children's Charity

Tom Panico BFA '11 (Illustration) and friends to hold 24-hour sketching marathon for game industry charity Child's Play

June 8, 2012

Philly Draw-A-Thon, a 24-hour sketching marathon to raise money for the children's charity Child's Play, is the brainchild of University of the Arts alum Tom Panico BFA '11 (Illustration). He and his friends Caroline Scavuzzo BFA '11 (Graphic Design), Heather Vaughan '13 (Illustration) and Caroline Boyd BFA '11 (Film) gathered together a group of artists to spend a Saturday in the University's Solmssen Court sketching comic book, cartoon, movie and video game characters for sponsors who pledge $10 or more to receive original sketches created on-site.

"I had started working for an app developer, so I was pulling a regular nine to five and wasn't doing a lot of work on my own," said Panico. "So I was thinking of good reasons to make myself draw. The Draw-A-Thon was one of those ideas."

L-r: Caroline Scavuzzo, Heather Vaughan, Caroline Boyd and Tom Panico

The proceeds will benefit the game industry charity Child's Play, which is dedicated to improving the lives of children in hospitals with toys, technology and games. 

"I had always wished there was a way to use my art to help people, and thanks to Child's Play, I've finally found a way," said Panico,

The Philly Draw-A-Thon will be held on June 9 at noon until June 10 at noon in Solmssen Court in Hamilton Hall (320 South Broad Street).

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