First-ever virtual Works of Heart raised over $104,000

It takes more than a pandemic to keep Family Service & Guidance Center friends and supporters from providing hope and healing to northeast Kansas children.

The 14th annual Works of Heart Event was livestreamed to a worldwide audience on August 14 and raised $104,310. The annual event benefits thousands of children with anxiety, depression, ADHD and other mental health issues across northeast Kansas.

“We wish we could have held a big gala event as in past years, but with COVID-19, that just wasn’t possible,” said Brenda Mills, Family Service & Guidance Center CEO. “The outpouring of love and support shown to our kids and families during this first-ever virtual event exceeded our wildest expectations. We are so grateful!”

Ten pieces of amazing artwork by FSGC clients ranging in age from five to 18 were auctioned off, along with donated professional art, photos, unique home décor items, handcrafted pottery, jewelry and more. Works of Heart also included a virtual social hour featuring music from the Kings of Swing Jazz Quintet.

The children who created the artwork were named 2020 Works of Heart Featured Artists. They were introduced to viewers individually via photos and recognized for their amazing talent and creativity.

Family Service & Guidance Center is a non-profit community mental health center that serves more than 12.500 children living with anxiety, depression, ADHD and other mental health issues and their families each year. FSGC has been positively impacting children’s lives since 1904.

For more information about Topeka’s most unique art event and how you can get involved, contact Pam Evans, FSGC Director of Marketing & Development, at 785.232.7902 or