CREATED Aug. 22, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- They are among the most successful artists in Las Vegas. You can see their work inside the Wynn, McCarran airport, and PBS to name a few. But as busy as these Las Vegans are, they still find the time to give back. Matter of fact, it's a priority for the Domskys.
The glass making process is part muscle, part creative. A lot like Larry and Barbara Domsky themselves. Larry says, "I'm a big teddy bear. I look all mean. I stand behind Barbara and prop her up. But I love working with kids."
Working with kids. The Domskys regularly invite children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses to come create with them. Barbara Domsky says, "We've both had our lives touched by cancer. My mother and sister both had cancer and Larry is a cancer survivor."
In addition to opening this studio for Cure 4 the Kids
, this couple started fundraising for an art cart at Sunrise Children's Hospital so kids can always escape reality and create something beautiful. "When you're in the process of making art you're not thinking about anything else. You're transported. It's therapeutic."
Though the Domskys have been quietly loving our local kids for 15 years, they have now caught the attention of Vegas Inc. Magazine which is giving this talented couple an Angel Award. Carmen Gigar with Greenspun Media says the awards honor community members who go above and beyond. "I think its great for us all to see that anybody can make a difference no matter how big or small. It just takes effort. and it just takes a willingness to do that and when we do we see what a better community we are."
As for the Domskys, they are thrilled about the award for one specific reason: it could help even more kids. "It gives us an opportunity to get more people involved and get more support behind this. There are children out there that need support in our community."
Much of the art the kids make is sold to fund the art programs. The leftover money goes to help the families of these sick kids. If you want to help, reach out to Cure 4 the Kids
and ask about buying art from one of their young clients.
It's not just the elder Domskys that are making a difference though. Their grandson Kaiden has also gotten involved.
He has gotten to known many of the children that have attended the program at the Domsky's studio and he decided that he wanted to do something special for them to on his birthday.
So, for his 11th birthday, instead of asking for gifts, he asked for an art party.
And he invited all the kids that he made his friends over the years.
The birthday party is being held Aug. 24. The art that the kids create during the party will be sold to benefit children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.