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September 11, 2008
Benefit to raise money for arts scholarship

AMF Benefit
                                                                                 JASON BRUBAKER/STAFF

Greg Mistler poses with Dixie Heights art teacher Terri Schatzman and Max LeClerc, a 2008 co-recipient of the Andrew Mistler Memorial Visual Art Scholarship. The poem on the painting behind them was written by Andrew Mistler before his death in 2004.

By Jason Brubaker



Second Annual Andrew Mistler Foundation Benefit

The benefit will be held Sept. 27, with the golf outing at the Kenton County Golf Course beginning at 2:30 p.m. The dinner and fundraiser will be held at St. Pius Church afterwards, starting at 6 p.m.

Although slots for golf are already full, dinner reservations are still available. Tickets are $35.

For more information about the benefit, or to reserve a place, visit

"My wife and I were just going to originally sponsor the foundation ourselves, but friends and family started making donations, and it just kind of took off," said Greg. It's been pretty amazing to see."

Like last year, the art department will be involved in the benefit again. In lieu of the typical "Hole Sponsored By" signs typically seen at golf outings, Greg turned over the list of sponsors to the students, who are in the midst of creating paintings for each sponsor.

"The kids love it, because they get so much freedom with this," said art teacher Terri Schatzman. "Greg just gives us the names of the sponsors, and what they do, and leaves the rest up to us."

In addition to getting the kids involved, Greg said the paintings spice up the benefit, offering some color and creativity as they honor their son's memory.

It's just a neat thing, and they look so much better than just the average, white, cardboard sponsor signs," he said. "The kids last year did a terrific job, and I'm sure these kids will do the same."

After the golf outing, which will be held a the Kenton County Golf Course, there will be a dinner and fundraiser at the St. Pius church hall. All of the money raised will go into the Andrew Mistler Foundation.

"They're such great people, and they've done so much here for the art department, said Schatzman. "We're really grateful and we're glad to be a part of this."

EDGEWOOD - Greg Mistler admits he never imagined the Andrew Mistler Foundation would be so successful this early.

"We're just taking baby steps right now and trying not to project ahead, but the support we've received is overwhelming," he said. "We just want to be able to keep it going."

The Foundation is named after Greg and Michelle's son, who was killed in a car accident in 2004. While going through some of Andy's things after his death, Greg said they found a lot of artwork and writings, and decided they wanted to keep his art dreams alive in other students.

The foundation currently sponsors a scholarship for a senior art student at Dixie Heights who is pursuing a career in art, as well as general donations to the art department. Last year, close to 200 people attended the inaugural golf outing and dinner, and Greg said the numbers may be even larger this year.