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Miracle Kids Create Works of Art for Festival of Trees

Every art show with people bidding for a chance to take home a masterpiece to put on display must begin with the work of artists. Columbia’s Mad Platter recently hosted a very special group of artists, and you’ll have a chance to own what they produced.

Staff member at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital call their patients Miracle Children. A group of those Miracle Kids put their talent on display at Mad Platter’s annual merry masterpiece pARTy. Kids ranging in age from 5-11 painted and, in an addition new this year, created glasswork.

“I’m doing a superhero,” said 9-year-old Chase Carter. “This is the head. This is all his gear.” The Children’s Hospital helped Chase recover from a rare ACL injury. On this day, he and all the other Miracle Kids were not thinking about the illnesses and injuries they’ve battled, but about happier things, like superheroes.  “My favorite is Superman,” Chase said.

Parents helped as needed and watched and enjoyed, along with staff from the Mad Platter (including owner Margaret Nevill) and from Palmetto Health Foundation. “He was ready to come here. He’s always willing to do stuff that’s new and different,” Erskine Carter said as he watched his son, Chase, working on a glass superhero. “One thing this Columbia area offers is so many varieties of things for our youth.”

The fused glass pieces and painted platters will be up for bids at the 27th annual Festival of Trees in November. Festival of Trees, a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital, raised more than $332,000 in 2015.

This year’s Festival of Trees will feature an array of holiday décor as well as gifts and services available for bidding during a weekend long silent and mobile auction. The auction will begin Friday, Nov. 18 with a preview event featuring a first look and opportunity to bid on items. On Saturday, Nov. 19, families will experience Santa’s magic in a whole new way during the new “Santa & Me” event at Festival of Trees and will leave with a treasure! With the help of The Mad Platter team, a child and Santa will create a “cookies for Santa” plate featuring handprints from the child and Jolly Old St. Nick! On Sunday, Nov. 20, the event will open to the public where visitors will enjoy holiday activities and entertainment. For details, visit FestivalofTreesColumbia.org.

Nevill donated her studio and art supplies for the event. The Mad Platter is a studio that offers a place for children and adults to create art and improve their skills while Nevill fosters and encourages their creativity. Nevill currently serves on Palmetto Health Foundation’s Board of Directors and remains a longtime supporter of Palmetto Health, regularly donating items from the Mad Platter to the silent auction.

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital is South Carolina’s first children’s hospital and has more than 150,000 children’s visits each year. It offers more than 30 subspecialties to meet the unique health care needs of children and has central South Carolina’s only Children’s Emergency Center. With more than 350 professionals who work exclusively with children, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital has a team of highly skilled and trained experts unmatched by any hospital in the Midlands.

More photos from the merry masterpiece pARTy are available on the Midlands Anchor Facebook page.

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