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A Jacksonville boy won thousands of dollars for the Sulzbacher Center

10:33 PM, Apr 19, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Kevin McAfee has done it again. The Jacksonville 2nd grader has won another nationwide art contest, and now he's being called a community hero.

Eight-year-old Kevin McAfee's kitchen table is full of his winning creations. Less than three weeks after returning from the White House Easter Egg Roll, where his artwork was hand-picked by First Lady Michelle Obama to be the official poster for the event, he found out he won another big contest.

The St. Mark's Episcopal Day School student  is one of ten children who won the Tom's of Maine "Be a Tooth Fairy Hero" initiative. The goal of the initiative is to help raise awareness about the need for greater access to dental care. 

"I drew the Tooth Fairy flying away from her castle to go collect teeth," explained Kevin.

The prize for winning the contest is $10,000 to be awarded to a non-profit dental clinic of his choice and a Tom's of Maine natural toothpaste donation for his school.

"I won $10,000 for the Sulzbacher Center," said Kevin.

The donation comes as a welcome surprise for Northeast Florida's largest provider of comprehensive services for homeless men, women and children.

"It's like our prayers had been answered because we've been wondering how we were going to replace the two x-ray machines that have been broken in our clinic for awhile and it was just seemed like it was a blessing," said Allison Vega with the Sulzbacher Center.

Kevin's mother said she found out about this contest and several other contests  they entered through her sister who is an art teacher at a local high school.

" We do it on rainy days on Sunday and Saturday afternoons when I don't want them playing video games.  He loves it and loves to do it and it's good for him and we almost won every single one. It's crazy," said Seana McAfee.

As for Kevin's future plans...

"I think I will win a lot more contests. I will never stop drawing...I want to be an artist when I grow up."

 

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