Thursday, September 24, 2020

Hot Rod Turtle at YMCA

Posing with Hot Rod, from left: Ann Hughes (Community Foundation),  John Riley, Steve Garske, artist Christi Vadnais, Charlotte Garske, Cindy Love and Cheryl McDonnell. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Posing with Hot Rod, from left: Ann Hughes (Community Foundation), John Riley, Steve Garske, artist Christi Vadnais, Charlotte Garske, Cindy Love and Cheryl McDonnell. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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The Greater Marco Family YMCA was selected to house “Hot Rod,” one of 50 turtle sculptures from the community arts project, “Turtles on the Town.”

Hot Rod, a turtle with yellow, orange and red racing flames, is the creation of artist Christi Vadnais. On November 12, Hot Rod was placed in front of the YMCA’s new Youth Development Center. It will be on temporary display until March 2016, when Hot Rod will be auctioned off to a permanent home. The YMCA would love to be Hot Rod’s permanent home; Consider bidding so Hot Rod can stay. Bidding will take place at the Turtles on the Town Gala, March 9, 2016 at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center.

Steve and Charlotte Garske sponsored Hot Rod for the YMCA. Steve says, “We support the Marco YMCA because we love kids and like to help in any way we can. We like the work they do and especially like that they are a Christian organization.” It is not surprising that the Garske’s chose to sponsor Hot Rod. Steve’s fondness for cars started when he was a boy, and he looked forward to the new model unveiling each year. Now he collects cars, first starting with a 1964 Chevy Malibu SS.

The Turtles on the Town is a community arts project featuring 50 sea turtle sculptures, all based on a bronze sculpture created by the late artist Kathy Spalding. The 50 turtles have been creatively embellished by local artists, and can be seen on display throughout Collier County. The turtle sculptures may be displayed outside, as they are sealed and clear coated to withstand the tropical Florida weather. The Community Foundation of Collier County, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, and the United Arts Council of Collier County commissioned the turtles. For more information, go to www.TurtlesOnTheTown.com.

For more information on the Greater Marco Family YMCA, visit www.greatermarcoy.org.

 

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