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December 12th, 2012

Local authors pen children’s book for charity

Liza Mills, a local artist and art teacher, and Natasha Vega, President of, Inc. and winner of the Award for Youth in Philanthropy hold up examples of artwork submitted by local children.

NEWBURGH - Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega, known as "The Million Dollar Woman" for her volunteering fundraising efforts, has teamed up with her daughter Natasha Vega, President of, Inc. and winner of the Award for Youth in Philanthropy, to publish the children’s book, "Are You My Sister?" with all profits going to charities.

Liza Mills, a local artist and art teacher, has organized the young artists doing the illustrations with over 50 children collaborators submitting art for consideration. The story is about girls working together and supporting each other and the art work has been done by boys and girls collaborating.

"The art work is absolutely beautiful and beyond our wildest expectations," said Dr. Winchester-Vega.

Natasha will be home from college to do the first public reading on Saturday, December 15th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Newburgh Library Story Hour Room. Attendance is free and all children will be given treats at the event.

"I am excited to share the book with the public and to hear their reactions to the story and the art work," said Vega. "I hope this book has a positive influence on girls."

Pre-sales of the book are being offered with monies going to your favorite 501(c) 3 non-profit charity. Several organizations are selling the book to benefit their organizations, including Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Safe Homes, YWCA, Newburgh Rowing Club, Nora Cronin Presentation Academy, Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center, and Kidz4causes VETSFMA.

"Our goal is to raise as much money as possible on this project for as many as possible" shared Winchester-Vega and Vega. The pair has been approached to promote this project on TV, but they are staying local for now.

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