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Fish art makes a splash

by: Photo by Susan Matheny - At the fish mural unveiling and check presentation May 24, were, from left, Madras High School art teacher Phil Smith, raffle winner Teri Drew, CASA program coordinator Maureen Denney, MAC director Bobby DeRoest, Central Oregon Artists for Hope member Carolyn Johnson, swim team booster member Anita Goodwin, and Madras artist and COAH member Sharon Miller.

The fish mural fundraiser at the Madras Aquatic Center raised $1,200 each for the MAC and Court Appointed Special Advocates organization.
   The large mural, which features a school of 100 handpainted wooden fish, was created by the Central Oregon Artists for Hope, with the help of students in Phil Smith's art classes at Madras High School.
   The fish were sold by donation, to raise funds to help sustain the MAC and its programs, and to support the work of CASA.
   CASA program coordinator Maureen Denney was especially grateful for the fundraiser, since she advocates for over 40 children with a budget of just $12,000 per year. The check presented last Thursday boosted her budget by 10 percent.
   Each person purchasing a fish was also entered into a raffle for the chance to win $500. The winner of the raffle was Madras resident Teri Drew.