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Bradley Carroll - Artist, Edward & Ione Auer - Everyday Star (H-16)



Bradley Carroll, Student Artist, Dekalb High School

Edward and Ione Auer, Everyday Stars

The Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation is a private charitable foundation that donates money to other charitable organizations in Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas that was endowed by its namesakes. The Auers' purpose was to have the foundation contribute to general charitable purposes and the completion of projects designed to benefit the Fort Wayne area. The Foundation has given donations to Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, the Allen County Public Library, and the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. After a donation of $1 million dollars to Arts United, it was announced that the building they had recently purchased would be renamed the “Auer Center for Arts and Culture.”

Brooke Ridenour - Artist, Tracie Martin, Erin's House - Everyday Star (H-13)



Brooke Ridenour, Student Artist
Angola High School

Tracie Martin
Everyday Star

When Erin Farragh, not yet six years old, died suddenly in 1989, it sent her family reeling from the shock.  As her parents, David and Gail, grieved the loss of their young daughter they struggled to find support for Erin’s younger siblings, Tony and Megan.  Close family friend, Tracie Martin, saw the pain, the fear and loneliness that comes with grieving, and felt compelled to act.  In October 1993, Tracie opened Erin’s House for Grieving Children in memory of her young friend.  Located in Fort Wayne, Erin’s House is the first of its kind in Indiana.  It is a non-profit facility that provides a safe, nurturing environment for children and teens to process their grief.  They learn to express emotions, share feelings, and reinvest in their own lives.  Tracie instinctively knew that unresolved grief can have a devastating effect on an entire community.  She spearheaded a team that developed cost-free support and education programs that include in-school peer support; crisis response teams; camps; telephone support; books; and community presentations.  Thanks to Tracie and her highly-trained team of facilitators at Erin’s House, over 10,000 individuals have been helped since 1993.

The comfort and healing expressed in outreached hands is indicative of Tracie Martin’s perceptive and gracious nature.

Elisha Rothenbush - Artist, Mike Guntle, Everyday Star (H-2)



Elisha Rothenbush
Student Artist
Heritage High School

Mike Guntle
Everyday Star

Mike Guntle is a very dedicated Boy Scout leader who, even though he works many weekends, always finds time to take his troop camping or spend time mentoring them in other activities. He teaches the older scouts to be organized and to help keep control of the troop.

I chose to do this painting of a camping scene because it symbolizes what Mike does with his troop.  The serenity of the setting reflects the calming influence and order that is prominent when Mike is present.

Jafet Garcia - Artist, Dr. Timothy Lynch - Everyday Star (H-8)


Jafet Garcia

Jafet Garcia
Student Artist
New Haven High School

Dr. Timothy Lynch
Everyday Star

Dr. Timothy Lynch  is a member of the American Dental Association, Indiana Dental society, and Isaac Knapp District Dental Society.  He is also chairman of the Dental Advisory Board at Matthew 25 Health Clinic, which serves the less fortunate in the Fort Wayne community. He has served Matthew 25 for the past 27 years.

Matthew 25 Clinic was inspired by the Gospel to provide free primary healthcare services to uninsured, low-income residents of Allen County.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. . .I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’”

Matthew 25:35-37, 40 (NIV)

The image depicting Dr. Lynch’s dedication has integrated the symbols of Matthew 25’s logo of a dove and the symbol for dentistry. The Greek letter Δ (delta), for dentistry, and the Greek letter Ο (omicron), for odont (tooth) form the periphery of the design. The design uses as its central figure a serpent, the Greek god of medicine entwined around a rod. Dr. Lynch has given his heart to Matthew 25 as painted inside the dove .

Yohualli Hernandez - Artist, Rosa Gerra - Everyday Star (G-17)



Yohualli Hernandez
Student Artist
North Side High School

Rosa A. Gerra
Everyday Star

Rosa A. Gerra and United Hispanic Americans.

During the late 60’s the Hispanic population, although growing, was seen as a minority and their voices were left unheard. All this changed when Rosa Gerra and a small group of Hispanic visionaries had a dream to address the concerns and injustices of the Hispanic community and organized United Mexican Americans, Inc. Rosa has been a key force in improving the quality of life in the areas of health, education, and self-reliance for Hispanics through her advocacy, programs, and services. Rosa and her team have taken the responsibility to engage people, cultivate leaders, and empower the community improving the quality of life in the areas of education, community engagement, and self reliance for Latinos over the last 36 years.