SKETCHING STARS

Celebrities get artsy for a good cause

Garth Brooks, Vince Gill and Amy Grant joined superstars including Tom Hanks, Bill Cosby and Tiger Woods to put pens, markers and paint to paper.

The result? A whole bunch of elephant drawings for a great cause!

"They sent us several different shapes of elephants and some blank pages," says Amy Grant. "I made my elephant with Sarah, my 10-year-old daughter. She says I get to do all the fun stuff like this - so we did it together."

Elephants are the mascot for Target House, the residential facility for families of children receiving life-saving treatment at St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis. The drawings - by more than 50 stars - are part of a permanent exhibition in a newly opened Target House addition.

"Elephants represent family, long life, strength and playfulness," explains actress Marlo Thomas, national outreach director for St. Jude's and daughter of founder Danny Thomas. "With help from our celebrity friends, we've created an exhibition of elephant artwork to express support and encouragement for the Target House families - who are facing some of the most difficult times of their lives."

Amy, who's been involved with Target House since the groundbreaking several years ago, is happy to report that hubby Vince also took out his crayons for the worthy cause.

"Vince just happened to be sitting down with us," confides Amy. "He's not really a crafty guy. I'm just glad he did one!"

-- M.B. Roberts

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