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Hirsch programs also went virtual during the pandemic. Each month, more than 350 participants attended 25 workshops via Zoom.

Proceeds from the silent auction pay for instructors and art supplies and support operating expenses.

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Summerfield’s Molly Haile teaches creative writing and hosts a Zoom Reading Group and Discussion with local artists.

“While we don’t usually talk directly about cancer in most classes, everyone in one of our classes understands what cancer can do to a person and a family,” Haile said. “This quiet understanding, this quiet comfort of being together is also part of the healing that takes place at Hirsch.”

“But all is not calm,” added Haile. “There is a lot of laughter in the Hirsch classes.

She and her husband, Andy, have purchased paintings, jewelry and pottery at past auctions.

“I definitely keep an eye out for art from some of my favorite artists,” Haile said. “It’s fun to see which pieces they chose to give away at the auction each year.”

Wentworth’s husband, Todd D’Andrea, is among the artists who have donated their work this year.

D’Andrea donated two handcrafted skateboards. “I can’t wait to see how the bidders react,” said Wentworth.


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