Paws of War Gives Back to Local Artists and Nonprofit Organization 


Left to Right: Jack Ader, Co-Founder of Celebrate St. James; Kelli Porti; Arline Goldstein, Co-Founder of Celebrate St. James and Artist; Richard Wilkinson, Artist and Patricia Clark, President of Celebrate St. James.

ST. JAMES, NY - In coordination with Celebrate St. James, Paws of War recently gave back to two local artists who completed a community art project on behalf of the organization. Arline Goldstein and Richard Wilkinson, recently decorated two bicycles which were displayed in the 9/11 themed art exhibit of The St. James Community Cultural Arts Center, formerly known as the historic Calderone Theater in St. James. Representatives from Paws of War recently met with the artists at the theater and presented them with thank you baskets containing gift cards and other merchandise.

The historic St. James Calderone Theatre, built in the early 1900’s, is a staple in the local community which features an annual calendar packed with performances, classes, seminars and other events that promote the arts. Celebrate St. James recently hosted a 9/11 art exhibit to commemorate those who lost their lives during the tragedy over 20 years ago.

Wilkinson, who comes from a military family, understands the importance of the critical services Paws of War provides to veterans and first responders in the community.

“I am very proud to be a part of this collaboration with Paws of War and help spread awareness of their mission,” said Richard Wilkinson. “I am grateful to have my artwork on display at the historic Calderone Theater and help commemorate those who have lost their lives on September 11th and in the line of duty.”

Celebrate St. James is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2017 with the mission of preserving and celebrating St. James' rich history. The organization has initiated a capital campaign to purchase and restore this iconic structure adjacent to the Lake Avenue business district to preserve the rich history of the theater and encourage the arts for generations to come. They are seeking to raise $1 million in order to save the theater.

“Having Paws of War involved in our annual 9/11 art exhibit was a top priority,” said Patricia Clark, President of Celebrate St. James. “Everyone here at Celebrate St. James is in awe of their mission. They have impacted countless members of our community and are always supporting our organization. This collaboration is part of an ongoing partnership and will continue to support their mission going forward.”

“The Calderone Theater has always been a place where people gather to celebrate art, culture and the rich history of the local area,” said Arline Goldstein, Vice President and Co-Founder of Celebrate St. James. “It is important to save the theater so it can continue to serve as a place to inspire generations for years to come.”

Along with their monthly themed art displays, the center offers educational programs and events for children and adults to further their interest in the arts. Patricia Clark encourages everyone in the St. James and surrounding communities to spread awareness of their mission and donate to save the famous Calderone Theater.

Donations can be made to the Calderone Theater through the Celebrate St. James website

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