Seventy-two unique pieces of artwork were submitted to LifeLink® of Florida by high school students throughout its 15 county service area in west Central Florida and five designs were chosen to adorn LifeLink holiday cards for the 2019 holiday season, which will be shared with donor family members, transplant recipients, community partners and the public.
(Show above, left to right: 1st Place Winner, Alanna Flowers; 2nd Place Winner, Sarah Parker; and 3rd Place Winner, Jillian Callaway)
(Show left: Community Choice Winner, Connor Bowman & Shown right: Facebook Favorite Winner, Christian Valdeos)
“We appreciate all the students who participated in this year’s Art of Donation Holiday Card Contest,” said Liz Lehr, Executive Director of LifeLink of Florida. “There are gifted young artists all around us and we are thrilled so many took the time to participate in this year's art contest. These images will surely inspire hope for everyone who receives our holiday cards.”
First through third place winners were Alanna Flowers, Bloomingdale High School (Hillsborough County); Sarah Parker, Bloomingdale High School (Hillsborough County); and Jillian Callaway, Springstead High School (Hernando County). They received a $400, $300 and $200 Visa gift card respectively. The Community Choice winner, Connor Bowman, and the Facebook Favorite winner, Christian Valdeos, both attended Springstead High School (Hernando County) and each received a $100 Visa gift card. All of the winners, and nearly all the entries, incorporated the themes of selfless giving and kindness into their designs. The winning pieces can be viewed at www.LifeLinkFoundation.org/ArtOfDonation.
More than 114,000 people across the nation, and more than 5,000 in Florida, await a lifesaving organ transplant. Hundreds of thousands more could benefit from tissue donation each year. Please consider registering your decision to save lives on Florida’s organ, eye and tissue donor registry today by visiting www.DonateLifeFlorida.org or while visiting your local driver license office. Contact LifeLink of Florida for more information at (800) 262-5775.
LifeLink of Florida is the non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization which facilitates organ donation in fourteen counties in west and southwest Florida, and Martin County on the east coast. They have served the community for more than 35 years, and during that time worked with scores of families whose loved ones saved lives.