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2018-08-09 / Local News

Artist, Bills alumnus pair up for charitable goal

by JULIE HALM
Interim editor


This painting of Fred Jackson by Cheektowaga resident Ken Newton will be the centerpiece of an upcoming charitable event to benefit Friends of Carly. This painting of Fred Jackson by Cheektowaga resident Ken Newton will be the centerpiece of an upcoming charitable event to benefit Friends of Carly. At the WGR Sports Radio roast of Buffalo Bills alumnus Fred Jackson, artist and studio owner Ken Newton of Cheektowaga presented him with a painting.

The piece was done with acrylic paint and as a “speed painting,” meaning that it took about two weeks — far shorter than Newton is accustomed to.

“I usually like to spend a week just on the face,” he said.

The portrait is of Jackson, doing his well-known celebratory dance, and the piece of art itself will soon give many more people a reason to celebrate.

When the artist and the athlete spoke at the event, they both agreed that they wanted to do something with the portrait that would benefit the community.

“One of Fred’s favorite charities is Friends of Carly,” said Newton. “Part of the proceeds from the roast went there, and I was on board with that. That’s the kind of stuff I want to be involved in.”

Friends of Carly is a charitable organization focused on fundraising, donating and creating awareness of pediatric cancer and Carly’s Club at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The pair of men will be teaming up to help that organization with an upcoming fundraiser during which attendees can have a print of the painting signed by both the artist and the former running back.

Ticket holders will also have the chance to take photos with the pair, participate in a silent auction, enjoy refreshments and meet other athletes including Aaron Williams, Bryan Scott and Patrick Kaleta.

While Jackson has been involved with this and other charities in the past, the upcoming event will be a new experience for Newton.

“As a charitable event it is my first time, but it certainly won’t be my last,” he said.

The fundraiser will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at (716) Food and Sport, 7 Scott St., Buffalo.

Tickets to the event range from $60 to $150 and can be purchased at https://716fredjacksonvipsigning.event brite.com.

email: bjackson@beenews.com

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