In 2011, Marty Kuklinski of WLRA’s Saturday island programming came up with the idea of creating a sketch card set to help raise money for the Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital’s Family Assistance Fund. Marty put out a call to 100 artists, including me, and the result was a tropical themed sketch card set that sold out in less than a day and raised $2,000 for the fund. The fund provides practical assistance to patient families who, through no fault of their own, are suffering severe hardship due to an unexpected illness and social or economic deprivation. More specifically, the funds go towards paying for such things as critical prescriptions for children, overnight lodging, clothing, and groceries when these items are sorely needed. The Island Dreams sketch card series will return in 2012 and Marty has raised the bar even higher, with a goal of raising $5,000 for the Family Assistance Fund.
The 2012 version of the Island Dreams sketch card set features even more artists and has a couple of interesting additions. Like the previous release, each pack will contain at least 2 hand-drawn sketch cards and base cards. What’s new for 2012 are sketch relic cards. Sketch relic cards are a card that feature hand-drawn original art AND a coin. Some of the cards will have old Spanish cob coins, some have silver and one has silver and gold in it. Also new for 2012 are 4×6 hand-drawn sketch cards that will be randomly inserted in packs. There will only be 250 packs and another quick sell out is expected. The packs will go on sale around the beginning of August and will start shipping in September.