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White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival Marks 50 Years

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The 50th annual White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival is this weekend, and the proceeds will go toward college scholarships for select seniors at White Plains High School.

Last year's festival took in $13,500, which the nonprofit organization used to award six scholarships last month, including the Ronald J. Topping Scholarship for $4,000. Topping was a 35-year White Plains schools art teacher and past president of the arts festival who died earlier this year. He had the idea to use the proceeds of the festival to benefit college-bound high school seniors in White Plains, which has been done for the past 38 years, Kristine Holden, president of the arts festival, said.

This year's six student recipients will have their artwork displayed at the two-day festival, to be held Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Tibbets Park at North Broadway and Main Street.

Additionally, more than 70 artists will be in a juried show. Other highlights are a children's art workshop and a display of emerging artists. Admission is free

The Sponsors of the 2012 White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival are Heyman Properties, White Plains Plaza; People's United Bank; AKRF Inc.; Combe Inc.; Cuddy & Feder LLP; Hudson Valley Bank, White Plains; Jackson Lewis LLP; Saccardi & Schiff; and Nick Wolff and the Wolff Team at Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty.

The White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival Committee, with support from the White Plains Recreation and Parks Department, the Department of Public Works and the Public Safety Department, coordinates, plans and organizes this yearly event.

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