MANITOWOC- The holiday season is upon us. It is a time for giving and sharing and caring. No better example is set in Manitowoc than by that of Tom Drill. Tom selflessly gives of himself on behalf of others for the betterment of the community all year long. But his selfless actions are most evident during the holiday season where he can daily be found incessantly ringing the red kettle bell on the corner of 8th/Franklin Streets in downtown Manitowoc raising donations for the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army’s mission, of course, is helping others in need, particularly during the holiday season when they provide food, toys and clothing.
This Christmas just got a little merrier.
Manitowoc’s own national award-winning artist Jason Prigge painted a portrait of Tom Drill titled “Selfless” with the express purpose of donating 100% of the proceeds to the Salvation Army in Tom Drill’s name. The painting portrays Tom ringing his bell in front of his little red cabin on the corner of 8th/Franklin Streets.
Barry Nelson agreed to host a silent auction for the piece at the Manitowoc Trading Company. Bidding was set to start at $300 with a ‘buy it now’ price of $1000.
Tom Drill jokingly remarked that he would be thrilled if a painting with his representation managed to raise 8 bucks.
In less than 24 hours, the silent auction is complete. An anonymous person generously contributed the $1000 to ‘buy it now’ and take home the original work of art “Selfless”. Kyle Bryntesen, Kettle Coordinator for the Salvation Army Manitowoc County, along with local Corps Officers, Lieutenants Jeff and Terri Olson, are thrilled and thankful to Artist Prigge and the Anonymous Donor for their generous contributions. What a beautiful example of local forces coming together with a mission of giving, sharing and caring.
A video of the progression of the painting “Selfless” will be available on Prigge’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/priggeart.