Draw-A-Thon for Children's Charity Created by Student, Alums Is Huge Success

24-hour sketching marathon raises money to benefit the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Some of the sketches created during the Draw-A-Thon.

June 14, 2012

The first Philly Draw-A-Thon, a 24-hour sketching marathon held June 9 – 10 that raised more than $700 for the children's charity Child's Play to benefit the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), was a huge success.

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The brainchild of University of the Arts alum Tom Panico BFA '11 (Illustration), with the help of friends Caroline Scavuzzo BFA '11 (Graphic Design), Heather Vaughan '13 (Illustration) and Caroline Boyd BFA '11 (Film), this unique event featured some 35 local artists sketching comic book, cartoon, movie and video game characters for pledging sponsors for a straight 24 hours in the University’s Solmssen Court.

The deadline to make a donation to the Philly Draw-A-Thon has been extended until June 28. Donations of $10 or more will receive one of the sketches.

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"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.

More than 200 sketches were created during the Draw-A-Thon, including some fast-selling pieces by Illustration Professor and UArts alum Christian "Patch" Patchell, who was on hand for most of the first day to lend his drawing skills to a good cause.

"As the oldest dude in the room, I was floored by the energy and enthusiasm as soon as I sat down at my table to draw," Patchell wrote on his blog, Art by Patch. "I was inspired by these wonderful people and I wound up staying way later than I planned just to finish one more drawing."

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