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Johnson Orchards hosts benefit event on Sept. 7

YAKIMA - Local artists will set up shop at Johnson Orchards, located at 4906 Summitview Ave. in Yakima, on Saturday, Sept. 7, to raise money for Children’s Village in Yakima.

All donations and 20 percent of art proceeds from the “Art in the Orchard” event will go toward helping children with special health care needs in the community.

Guests can shop and browse the artists’ booths from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. among the fruit trees in the orchard.

Along with the beautiful handmade arts and crafts, there will be live music, fresh fruit and baked goods.

“This event is a wonderful way to support local artists while doing something really great for a wonderful organization,” said Jill Johnson of Johnson Orchards.

 A variety of collections, including paintings, jewelry and glasswork, will be presented so every buyer can find what suits them.

Esteemed artists such as Duane Heilman, Lucy Valderhaug, Dennis Pedemonte and Boris Gaviria will be featured among several other vendors. 

“Children’s Village itself is a tapestry of beautiful collaboration, combining diverse medical professionals with children and families,” said Children’s Village physical therapist Katie Buck.

She said, “The Village continues to weave the dreams of families into everyday realities because of the incredible community support for events such as Art in the Orchard.”

 Last year, the event raised nearly $3,000. With an increased number of local artists, this year’s goal is $5,000.

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