Michael Israel’s art generated $400,000!
Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Fundraiser was held at Harrah’s Casino and Resort in Kansas City amongst an upscale crowd along with celebrities such as golfer John Daly, legendary country singer Trish Yearwood, and of course, Garth Brooks. After cocktails and dinner, Michel Israel took the stage and performed three paintings, a portrait of John Daily, one of Trish Yearwood, who would perform later that night in Harrah’s theater, and a fantastic portrait of Garth Brooks. Together with a matching donation, Michael’s artworks raised $400,000 that night!
Michel Israel on Stage
Before his performance, Michael Israel met Garth Brooks backstage. It was incredible! Garth, a seven-time CMA/ACM Entertainer of the Year, really loves kids and the people everywhere, as does Michael, who has a kind heart and passion for life. After the meeting, Michael took his performance to a whole new level. Performing to some of Garth’s biggest hits. The outpouring of love for the kids, the country music star, and for Michael’s painting was extraordinary. Michael performed to Garth Brooks’s portrait to “Friends in Low Places; it sold for $50,000!
The event, the Annual Teammates for Kids, is a signature fundraiser for Teammates for Kids, which raises funds for local children and families in need throughout the Kansas City metro area. Since 1998, Teammates for Kids has provided 4,288 in-need children and families with basic needs, including clothing, meals, car repairs, and rent assistance. Teammates for Kids has grown to become a national non-profit organization that has helped countless families over the years. Teammates for Kids has served more than 5 million people in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, with $216 million raised. Teammates for Kids has impacted more than 1.5 million children directly and helped more than 2 million through community partnerships. View original content with multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.
Michael Israel’s Painting
Michael’s performance of the three portraits was an integral part of the evening and the money raised, an annual event that brings together the creative talent of sports mascots with talented artists to raise awareness for the Kids charity. Each year Michael’s charity work has grown larger, offering up hundreds of paintings for the fans to purchase and enjoy, many of which hang in homes and offices around the world. These paintings, and Michael Israel’s charity efforts, are truly special and a true testament to the heart and soul of the artist.
About Michael Israel
Based in South Florida, Michael is a painter, though he originally aspired to be a martial artist and still trains regularly. In his own words, “When I was 8 years old, I used to tell my mother that I was going to do Karate forever. I fell in love with painting. My early impression of Garth Brooks was to focus on his energy and excitement. His walk and movement in the middle of the stage reminded me of someone in the ring.” He adds that his love for Karate was ignited at 8 years old when his neighbor offered lessons in his garage. “The Karate lessons inspired me to like dragons, which in turn got me into painting them.” At 14, Michael began painting at festivals to earn money for a car, cheering watch as Michael painted to rock and roll music and his own speed-painting style was born.
If you would like to support Michael Israel’s mission to use paint and passion to help others, here are the links to his website. Purchase his art, find out about upcoming shows, or sponsor here: https://michaelisrael.com And by all means, follow Michael Israel on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram. I am confident in saying that we are all lucky to have Michael Israel around.