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      Hearts Of Mirasol Sculpture By Artist Debbie Mostel

      Raises Thousands Of Dollars For Charities

        Artist Debbie Mostel turned her Hearts of Mirasol
      sculpture into hundreds of thousands of dollars for local
      charities in Palm Beach County.
        Mostel is a multitalented artist who has won numerous
      awards with her sculptures and designs and whose jewelry
      has been worn by celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Christie
      Brinkley, Patti LaBelle, Emily Blunt and others. But
      Debbie always wanted to turn her love of art – sculptures,
      in particular – into a powerful way to raise substantial
      funds for charitable organizations.
        Valerie Crosson knew about creating unique sculptures
      to help raise millions of dollars for charitable causes.
      Valerie had a success with the UNICEF Snowflake, which
      hangs in Manhattan above Fifth Avenue at 57th Street.
      She joined The Mirasol Foundation board for 2020/21.
        With guidance from the Palm Beach Cultural Council,
      Valerie contacted seven regional artists, including Debbie
      Mostel, and issued a request for proposals to create a piece   Debbie spent six months working on the sculpture creating     The finished work has 850 crystal hearts that represent
      with “hanging hearts” to help reunite the residents of the   a wave to represent our area ocean and 850 crystal hearts   donors who gave from $150 up to $5,000, totaling
      Mirasol community, many of whom felt disconnected due   representing the many donors.                hundreds of thousands of dollars raised.
      to social gathering restrictions due to COVID.                                                         Valerie said the piece is a “great success, connecting
        The sculpture is 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide with a 5-foot     Debbie said she was “driven by the importance of   people at a time when we couldn’t be together” and raising
      tree blowing in the wind forming the crest of a Florida   giving back to our local community affected by COVID   hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit area charities.
      ocean wave. The tree has 140 handblown Nautilus shapes   and giving the Mirasol community a legacy sculpture     A video on the building of the sculpture can
      emerging like flowers in the spring in Mirasol.    that would renew that sense of oneness every time it was   be  seen  on  Debbie  Mostel’s  website,  https://www.
        The idea was to use “hanging hearts” as a centerpiece   viewed.” It is now a permanent installation in the entrance
      for a major fundraising effort – largely because the   of the club.                                                             Photos by Penny Sheltz
      COVID pandemic made traditional fundraising methods
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