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Night at the Oscars: A red carpet event for a good cause

Heidi Schwartz paints the 2012 Legacy Ball as it occurs. At the end of the event, the painting is put on the live auction block.

The annual Legacy Ball—A Night at the Oscars—is a chance for Davis House Child Advocacy Center to honor those who have been supportive of the center or the issue of child abuse. 
This year’s black tie optional fundraiser, which brings attention to the problem of child sexual and severe physical abuse, will be held Saturday, March 1 at the Embassy Suites.
An opening reception and silent auction begins at 6 p.m. with a dinner to follow at 7 p.m.
The missio n of Davis House Child Advocacy Center is to combat child abuse and the lasting affects it has on children. 
In 2013, DHCAC helped 409 new clients, who had been sexually and/or severely abused. At the same time, they assisted 286 new non-offending caregiver clients in beginning the healing process.
The center supports a service area that includes Hickman, Lewis, Perry and Williamson County. 
For a family in crisis, the center coordinates services, provides counseling and programs to help victimized children rebuild their lives, guides offended parties through the legal system and healing process and help them smile again.
Along with the silent auction items available at the Legacy Ball, the popular dollar auction is a feature of the Ball that truly takes the excitement level in the room to new heights. 
During the event, local artist Heidi Schwartz, who has offered her support to this event for the past few years, will capture the mood of the evening on a 48 by 48 inch canvas.
Schwartz arrives early to set up her easel and begin to scan the room’s festive décor.
Throughout the evening, she creates a painting while guests observe her work in progress.   
“I play with the theme, the Oscar and different elements and pull from them something prevalent in the room—the action and things happening, symbols and metaphors,” Schwartz said. 
“It’s my interpretation of the event in a loose, expressionistic style. Whatever the room feels like, I try to replicate.” 
The activity during the dollar auction is often part of Schwartz’s depiction.
She first discovered live event painting when she was applying to sing on the entertainment venue steamboat, The General Jackson. 
“I made a record where every song had a painting to go with it,” she explained. 
She didn’t get hired to entertain, but she was asked to paint an event on the General Jackson.
Although Schwartz was only accustomed to painting in a studio, she said yes.
“I tried it. At first, it was really weird painting so fast, but it went well,” she said. “I don’t have to second guess, it just magically comes together.”
The painting will be auctioned at the end of the Ball.
Schwartz’s work can be found at
Tickets for the Legacy Ball are $100 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10 and may be purchased online at, by calling 790-5900 extension 101, or email

Posted on: 2/27/2014


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