Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

POUGHKEEPSIE & NEWBURGH — Daymond John, from the critically acclaimed TV show Shark Tank, and Dutchess County resident, served as the final judge of the United Way’s Color My World United art contest at iHeart Media in Poughkeepsie, Saturday, Feb. 10.

Art Contest Winner Chosen by Shark Tank's Daymond John

Contest winner Bronwyn Dwyer. Photo by Kathy Welsh

Second grader Bronwyn Dwyer, age 7 from Chancelor Livingston Elementary School in Rhinebeck, was the contest’s winner.

Prior to the announcement of who would win the contest, she was asked what her one wish was. She said to win the contest! And indeed she did.

Hundreds of students from Dutchess and Orange counties created drawings that wished United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region a happy 80th birthday and showed how the students make the world a better place by living united.

Art Contest Winner Chosen by Shark Tank's Daymond John

Bronwyn Dwyer’s winning drawing. Photo by Kathy Welsh

Jeannie Montano, UWDOR President and CEO said, they were so excited that Daymond John was able to judge the contest and that he and his representatives were so wonderful to join UWDOR in celebrating their 80th anniversary. She added that Daymond John actually took time out of his book tour for “Rise and Grind” to be here.

With more than 115 drawings received, each of the nine elementary schools and two after school programs submitted the top art work from grades 1, 2 and 3 submissions.

On the morning of Thursday, Feb. 8, representatives from both the Dutchess and Orange County Executive’s Offices, the City of Poughkeepsie Mayor’s Office, as well as the Art Effect (formerly Mill Street Loft and Spark Media) and Arts Mid-Hudson chose the top ten drawings.

Art Contest Winner Chosen by Shark Tank's Daymond John

Daymond John, Jeannie Montano (UWDOR President), Bronwyn Dwyer and J Will from WPKF “KISS FM”. Photo by Kathy Welsh

The top ten students and their parents were invited to attend the on-air judging hosted by J Will from WPKF “KISS FM” Saturday.

At that time, one winner and runner up was chosen by Daymond John.

The winner’s artwork will be featured on the front of United Way’s 80th Anniversary Celebration of Service program journal and the family is invited to attend the April 25th event.

The runner up and winner will receive a trophy. Each of the finalists will receive a t-shirt and certificate at the final judging event.

Art Contest Winner Chosen by Shark Tank's Daymond John

Shark Tank’s Daymond John with contest finalists. Photo by Kathy Welsh

The nine elementary schools that are participating are: Clinton Elementary, Gayhead Elementary, Hagan Elementary, Krieger Elementary, Minisink Valley Intermediate School, Nassau Elementary, Pine Bush Elementary and Warring Elementary. After school programs from Krieger Elementary and Morse Magnet School also submitted drawings.

All 115 drawings will be on display at the 80th Anniversary Celebration of Service, to be held on Wednesday, Apr. 25 at Anthony’s Pier 9.

For more information www.uwdor.org/celebration2018.

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