SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Art of Giving Project, an annual fundraising event, was held on Saturday evening, June 10, at the Wellness Lounge in South Orange. The event was hosted by South Orange residents Anna Litvak and her husband, Enrique Biasotti. Litvak founded The Art of Giving Project in order to be able to raise money to give back to orphaned and disabled children in Latvia. All the art sold at the event was created by children in Latvia.

Litvak, who grew-up in Latvia, immigrated to the United States when she was 17, and went on to earn a law degree and become the delegate to the United Nations for the Republic of Latvia. Litvak was one of the youngest Delegates at age 25 of all the 193 member nations. Litvak now works for the Legal Affairs Office of the United Nations.

Friends and relatives were there to support the cause, along with South Orange Village President Sheena Collum and South Orange Trustees Deborah Davis Ford, Steve Schnall, and Walter Clarke.

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“I’m proud of Anna for bringing a joyous occasion to South Orange, to appreciate the art of these underprivileged children in Latvia, and be able to contribute in a meaningful way to improve their lives. It’s one example of how love and generosity goes beyond our South Orange Borders," said Collum.

”Anna’s a beautiful woman, and the art serves the youth of our own community as well," added Davis Ford.

In addition to the art that was auctioned at the event, there was also food and drink, which was donated by Boccone, South Mountain Tavern, Harusame and Cait and Abby's all in South Orange.