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The Monitor

Purple melts into a deep green while flashes of orange and yellow rush up the sides.

This painting, “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Anthony Rivera, 39, will be auctioned tonight along with other items – jewelry, pottery, and other works of art – in a fundraiser at Mama Mia’s Pizzeria at 100 E. Highway 83. The fundraiser is being held to raise money for the Alamo teacher who suffered an attack of sulfuric acid April 13. Rivera, a prolific painter, has autism, but upon learning of the fundraiser he said he wanted to donate one of his paintings. He paints to music and names the pieces according to the song he was listening to. This particular work was created while listening to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’”

The teacher, Lorena de la Cruz, must travel frequently to San Antonio for treatment of her injuries, said Lana De Leon, who is organizing the fundraiser. She set up a website, www.alamoteacher.com to raise reward money for the capture of the perpetrators who attached de la Cruz.

De Leon, a friend of the principal at the school were de la Cruz teaches, said the school was also raising reward money to capture the perpetrators. However, once arrests were made, the school decided to use the money to pay for the woman’s medical expenses and De Leon decided to use the money she’d raised to help with the teacher’s expenses. De Leon spoke to another friend who owns Mama Mia’s Pizzeria who agreed to tonight’s fundraiser with live music, appetizers, and a silent auction. One of those items to be auctioned will be Rivera’s painting.

Read in Full:  http://www.themonitor.com/articles/class-39557-bodytext-rush.html

 



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