Amici Miei Hosts Benefit For Child Welfare
Potomac’s Amici Miei restaurant is hosting an art exhibit to benefit Montgomery County’s child welfare system begninning this week.
“Variety Art” was the creation of Potomac-based artist Bernie Wilder, who began donating to Child Welfare Services’ Adopt a Social Worker program a decade ago.
“In the past several years, there have been numerous art galleries closing in the area and it has been more difficult for local artists to show their work,” Wilder said. “Amice Miei has graciously agreed to host art exhibits featuring local area talent and the Adopt a Social Worker program can benefit along with the artists.”
The Adopt a Social Worker Program was initiated more than 15 years ago to assist social workers by augmenting the programs made available to children in the Montgomery County Child Welfare system. Donations are used to fund activities that go beyond the childrens’ basic needs, such as camp, tutoring, music and art lessons, sports equipment, and birthday presents. Social workers submit requests on behalf of children and a committee reviews and approves the expenditure. The extra activities supported by these funds are extremely helpful to the vulnerable children in the child welfare system and help to create a better and brighter future.
The exhibit features 24 pieces of art from seven artists. The artists represented are Wilder, a Potomac resident and oil painter; Rockville resident Marla Rudnik, a metal sculptor and jewelry maker; Rockville resident Shelley Bain, an acrylic painter; Potomac resident Valen Brown, an acrylic painter; District of Columbia resident Lou Kaplan, an oil painter; Potomac resident Ruja Shemer, a watercolor painter; and Rockville resident Nadia Azumi, a silk painter.
Amici Miei Ristorante is located at 1093 Seven Locks Road in the Potomac Woods Plaza in Potomac. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 4:30 to 9 p.m.
In an average month, foster parents care for more than 250 Montgomery County children and there is a continuing need for additional foster parents. For more information on how to become a foster parent, call 240-777-1664.