On Monday, Dec. 10, Arthur and Nancy Culbert of Central West End Farm will celebrate the launch of their illustrated children’s chapter book, A Gift Garden, at historic Mahler Ballroom from 6-9pm. Tickets for this event range from $25-35, which includes an autographed copy of the book, one drink ticket, light hors-d’oeuvres, music, and access to the author Q&A. A Gift Garden is co-written by Arthur and Nancy Culbert and illustrated by N. Jane Quackenbush.

The Book Launch Party will begin with doors opening at 6pm, where guests can check-in, get their copy of the book, get an autograph, grab a bite to eat, sip on a drink from the bar, and take a seat around 7pm for a reading and author Q&A emceed by Alexis Zotos, KMOV Reporter and Host of Meet St. Louis podcast. After the Q&A there will be more book signing, food, drinks, and music DJed by FarFetched. Food will be provided by Pedestal Foods.

“We hope that the book, two years in the making, will inspire others and initiate a movement working together towards eliminating hunger, starting with our youth,” commented Nancy Culbert on the book’s goals.

Have you ever had a gnawing feeling in your stomach when you were hungry? Many people have that experience on a daily basis and that is something the Culberts are trying to combat. The launch of A Gift Garden is being held on the 70th anniversary of the first proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is the basis for the book, which promotes the reality that everyone is entitled to food as a part of Article #25.

The Culberts have been working to eliminate hunger in their community since 2011 when the first seeds of their original gift garden were planted. Since then, the Central West End Farm has produced 16,000 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables, helping feed thousands local food pantry guests.

“The Central West End Farm’s mission is to eliminate hunger within our community by growing, harvesting and delivering organic vegetables and fruits to clients at local food pantries,“ Arthur Culbert stated.

“Every person has a right to food!” declares ten-year-old Bea and her friends when they develop a project to help feed the hungry in their community in A Gift Garden. The characters decide to become citizens making a difference and work toward planning, building and growing a community gift garden. Join these superheroes and their magical scarecrow in this inspirational illustrated tale filled with wordplay and wonder.

Proceeds of the event to benefit Gift Garden Fresh Food Foundation. The Central West End Farm is a non-profit organization. Find out more information at www.giftgarden.org.

Via Press Release