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down with heart 2021

What an amazing night at down with heART. The team at OCB was thrilled to welcome many guests, artists, and friends at Venue 1902 in Sanford, Florida for the 2021 pop up art gala.

We must have spread the word since last year because we must have doubled the amount of guest this year. How exciting!

The 2nd annual event hosted work from 20 artist- up from 13 in our first year. It swells my heart to know that we held so many precious pieces in our hands this year.

Our hope is to provide a platform for artists with disabilities, and expose them to a population that may not other wise know them. Our reach this year was far and wide. We are proud to say we had two artists from Canada and an artist from Slovakia, as well as from many states throughout the US, this year.

Photography artist, Houston Vandergriff even drove from Tennessee to join us for the night.

In addition to chatting with artist, neighbors and admirers we were able to fundraise for the programs offered by OCB. We raised $3,200 this year. Thank you to all the fantastic artist who support us by donating pieces of work to our auction.

Composer and Pianist, Noah AZ joined us for the night, as well. We were delighted to hear 4 songs from him throughout the night.

Truly, THANK YOU to everyone involved in the night’s beautiful viewing. Without each and every person who helps plan, set up, create art, provides auction items and attends…. it is not doable, without you.

We look forward to what 2022 has in-store. You may view a slide show of our artists here.

2nd annual down with heart – pop up gala

We are thrilled to announce, down with heART 2021 will be premiering February 25, 2021 in Sanford, Florida. The second annual gala will once again take place at Venue 1902 and we are excited to be welcoming back several of last year’s artist plus many first time exhibitors.

This year we will be offering two ticket options:

– VIP Reservations will be a set cost of $30.00 and will include entrance donation and a Beverage/Food package. Ticket sales for VIP Reservations will begin 1/15/2021 and end /2/22/2021. There will be NO VIP sales at the door.

-The General Admission ticket is a suggested donation of $15.00 and will include a beverage service. General Admission tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Click here to purchase your tickets:

Sponsorship for this event is available with multiple tiers for affordability to local small business.

Please email: for all questions

Giving tuesday 2020

#GivingTuesday is Tuesday, December 1, 2020! This Giving Tuesday, Our City Beautiful would like to get a jump start on the goal for our 2021 Program fund. If we reach $10,000 raised, we will be able to fully fund the years goal for THREE of OCB’s wonderful programs: 1. 24 families will be served in THE SUPPER CLUB program, 2. We can fully fund a brand new scholarship program for adults who wish to further their education in a certificate program or vocational training, 3. The cost for the Down with heART pop up art gallery will be fully covered. This means we can have art from all over the country shipped to us for display at no cost to OCB or our Featured Artists, AND 4. Around 5% of the cost associated with the purchase of land for the HOLLAND community will be raised. The OCB team would also like to show our support to all our gracious donors this season as well. #OCBCaresToo is a campaign we are adopting this year, and with every $50 a donor sends to OCB, we will send $5 on to your favorite, local non profit. Just make your donation and in the notes leave the name and city/state of the non profit you’d like us to give to. We will share a list of all the organizations we send to on January 1, 2021, once our end of year giving is complete.

The Facebook Company is generously doing a matching campaign this year. The first $7 Million dollars given on December 1st via a Facebook fundraiser will be matched. The link to Our City Beautiful’s Facebook Fundraiser to donate is:

If you prefer to give via check, you may mail a check payable to:

Our City Beautiful

PO Box 470743 Lake Monroe, Fl 32747

Or, our direct PayPal link is:


Please note, all donations are tax deductible and ALL donations are appreciated. Even pennies can add up to dollars!

A Halloween reading

Recently, OCB had the great opportunity to join forces with another local non-profit, The Learning Movement, to do a special pumpKIND patch story time.

The Learning Movement has set out with an important mission to promote childhood literacy through community story time, and setting up free little libraries.

Katherine, our Director of Community Service, was set up and ready to read her all time favorite Halloween story.

Take a few minutes to watch and subscribe to The Learning Movement Youtube Channel!

the pumpkind patch

The team has been busy at work, planning the details of our first ever pumpkin patch. With so much sadness, strain, and confusion that 2020 has brought, we still want to support and serve our community.

We have added a fun twist to the a regular old patch though! We are thrilled to announce our pumpKIND patch. While families are on the hunt for the perfect pumpkins, they can also look out for words of kindness and affirmation in the scavengar hunt! Once you’ve found them all, come pick up your prize pack.

There are many fun filled events in store. Please see our Facebook page to follow the Calendar of Events!

down with heart

On February 6, 2020 we had the pleasure of organizing and presenting, Down with heART, our inaugural pop up art gallery.

It was a smashing success and the team at Our City Beautiful could not be more proud than we are. Thirteen artist came together to showcase their “self-portrait” themed artwork, to show the community that a diagnosis has no control over their imagination and creativity.

Art is an incredible form of therapy, and it is so amazing to lose OR find oneself during the creative process. We are thankful to have an inside look and that these artists allowed us to see how stunning they are.

4 of 6 board members with local artists, Hannah Allen and Machael Yee

It was a busy few months as packages arrived from all over the United States and Canada! Toronto, Tennessee, Texas and Florida are among the states that we received pieces from. Many of these artist also donated original works of art to a silent auction to further join us in raising funds for the HOLLAND fund. Thank you, artists!

In total there were 40+ visitors, 13 artists, 50 cannoli’s devoured and $1.053 donated between in person, Facebook and silent auction winnings. Those are amazing number for a first year event.

Works from Community Art Connection and Teddy’s Tiles.
Artist, Charlie French
Artist, Olivia
Founder, Hope Chinchak and daughter, Olivia. Artist, Houston Vandergriff
Artist, Troy Drake
Artist, Dan Garrison

We would like to Thank our sponsors once again: Preservation Hall at Venue 1902 for hosting us in your beautiful, restored Grammar School house in Sanford. Kenneth Ray Linen Service for providing beautiful, fresh laundered linens for the tables. Chianti’s Pizza & Pasta for delicious desserts. Aida Oils for providing dinnerware, Gorgeous George’s and Sanford Flower Shop for providing gift certificates to the silent auction.

Auction winner, Pryor with artist, Hannah Allen
Art Appreciation

We are delighted to announce this event will carry on next year!


We are thrilled to announce, THE SUPPER CLUB, the first major program we would like to bring into our community of amazing families.

How many times have you come home after a long day of therapies, appointments, work, school or from the hospital just in time to scramble for dinner? Not only make it but even figure out what to make? From our family to yours, we know how truly upsetting that can be.

THE SUPPER CLUB is here to prayerfully alleviate a little of that stress. Allow us to become a part of your team, even if only a couple times a month, and let us do the planning, shopping, preparing and delivering!

To begin, we will pilot this program to SEMINOLE County, Florida residents first. We will start with two families to receive two meals a month. The goal is to build a rotating list of families to serve and receive supper, while building a relationship with fellow families.

We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide grocery store gift cards to the meal providers to use fresh and nutritional ingredients as well as the proper tools needed to pack the meals.

Please join us by signing up using the Google form below. We will be in touch to assign your date and family for providers and recipients.

World Down syndrome Day 2020

Happy WDSD!!! Around 12 years ago, 3.21 of each year was declared World Down syndrome Day. Why March 21? Because Down syndrome is defined as a Person having 47 chromosomes versus 46. The extra chromosome is a third (3) copy of the 21st chromosome.

To celebrate this day it has become a fun tradition of wearing funky socks! But why? Because when you look at your DNA under a microscope our chromosomes are shaped liked little socks!

So from all our families to yours- Happy WDSD! Thank you for showing us your funky socks!! here are a few of our Favorites. ??

The ‘Chak Pack
The Tramontana Fam
The Rodgers Family
The Ehresman Family


GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give.

We are so thrilled to be taking part of projects around our communities this year. “Brunch on Myrtle” is a First Responders appreciation breakfast that has happened the last four year’s and we can not wait to see the turn out this year. In 2015, there were only around 7 Paramedics, Police or Firefighter’s that came, but last year we proudly served 28 First Responder’s. This event is so important to us because as a family we have relied on their quick responses many times. Our daughter has Epilepsy and seizures are always scary for us.

Our City Beautiful and Big Joe’s Home Service are also partnering together to offer free lawn maintenence to a handful of Veteren’s this year. Neighbors are nominating their Veteren friends and neighbor’s and Big Joe’s Home Service will pick a handful of them to service.

What are you doing in your community this year? Giving time at a nursing home or food bank are always great ideas.

We would love to ask that if you plan to donate financially this year that you consider giving to Our City Beautiful. This year Facebook and Paypal are matching donations given on December 3rd, Giving Tuesday, beginning at 8:00 AM. They are offering up to 7 Million Dollars to registered charities throughout the USA. As an organization we can have up to $100,000 matched. Your $10 donation could be doubled to $20, $1,000 becomes $2,000 and so on.

You can find our DONATE button to the left side of the site and our Facebook fundraiser is linked on our page. 100% of your donation is given straight to the HOLLAND land fund and there are NO fees taken from these donations.

We are excited to watch that thermometer grow.

Chatter & Chow

This past weekend, November 9, was the first ever Chatter & Chow. What an amazing day!

First, thank you to the team at Chianti’s Pizza & Pasta for so graciously providing the Brunch and a beautiful place to host this event.

We had an amazing show of support with about 30 people in attendance. I am so proud of this. I was worried we would have not one person show. It was amazing to see Parents, Grandparents and Self Advocates come to this meeting!

At C&C, I was able to discuss our inspiration and vision for the tiny home community, “Holland”. We had a few moments of a Q&A session and most importantly, there was time to get to meet and learn about one another. Those are the moments I am most grateful for. It has been my experience that families like mine are not always Welcomed or feel uneasy when trying to attend events or playgroups. We need to build each other up!

I’d like to thank our VP, Katie, for capturing this photo of myself and my youngest daughter. I think it just shows that a Mother’s work is never done!