A Naples boy set a new record last Saturday when his painting was sold for $200,000 at the Wine & Food Fest – the highest ever in the history of the festival. The owner of the painter is Jay Aponte, a 9-year old boy who has leukemia.
Jay Aponte was diagnosed 2 years ago. Together with other kids who have acute illnesses like cancer, the event raised money through biddings on the child artists’ paintings. All the money are donated back to the Golisano Children’s Hospital were the kids get various medical services and help.
Jay was guided by Ellen Sheppard, an award-winning artist on his masterpiece. Using watercolors and colored pencils, Jay painted Lightning McQueen, a famous car-character from the movie “Cars” by Pixar.
The 9-year old said that…