For the Portales Rotary Club, art auctions are not just events – they are about making a difference. Since
March, the Rotary Club has been inviting kids across eastern New Mexico paint canvases to auction off
on Saturday, Sept. 14 in their inaugural “Painting a Better Story” event. “We provide all the supplies
from paint to canvas; all they have to do is show up and paint,” said Amy Corbin, Rotary Club President.
The Rotary Club is a service organization that focuses on hosting and assisting the community. Its
members donate their time and raise money to improve the community. In the past, the Rotary Club has
hosted events such as last spring’s mini-golf tournament to raise money and donations for hunger
reduction efforts. The Rotary Club began collaborating with Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center in Clovis
when the additional funds for the program were needed. "The Oasis administers forensic interviews for
children who are victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or witnesses to a violent crime," Corbin said.
This agency’s mission is to reduce trauma for children who are victims of these situations. “The agency is
a vital part of helping these kids in the community,” said Corbin.
“The general idea was presented to Oasis and Rotary Club, and we all just ran with it,” Corbin said.
Corbin explained that the overall mission of “Painting a Better Story” is to raise as many funds as
possible for Oasis to continue operating. 100% of the funds raised will be donated to Oasis. The Rotary
Club’s goal is to raise $20,000 or more. “It is a bit of a stretch, but so far it has been a huge success and
we’ve gotten great support from the community,” Corbin said. It has been so much of a success that the
community will have the opportunity to bid on over 400 pieces of art. Corbin and the Rotary Club plan
for the event to grow every year, and in two to three years, hope to evolve it into a banquet dinner
The event will begin on Friday, Sept. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Clovis Civic Center. Kids will present their
art and the community will preview the pieces at the start of the event. The silent auction will begin
Friday night and run into Saturday. The live auction will also begin at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are
available ahead of time for $25 on Eventbrite.com, or on the event’s Facebook page. Tickets are also
available at the door for $30.
For more information, contact Corbin at 575-749-1118.