The 38th and final Child and Parent Services (CAPS) Elk Art on Parade statue was installed Friday (Sept. 4) on the lawn at the corner of County Road 6 and Marina Drive in Elkhart, right outside Lippert corporate headquarters.
Local media, along with LCI and CAPS employees, watched Friday morning as CAPS President and Chief Executive Officer Candy Yoder, LCI Vice President of Sales and CAPS Chairman of the Board Andy Murray and artist Anna Ryan Drew presented the elk.
“Elk represent what CAPS is all about. When baby elk are born to the herd, all the adults take care of those babies, making sure they are safe and cared for, and that’s what we invite the community to do with us – to unite to take care of our kids,” said Yoder. “It’s so fitting for the last elk of the herd to find its home here, because Lippert Components exemplifies caring for the community.”
Elk Art on Parade was a community art project launched in 2011 by CAPS to spread awareness of the importance of strong families in the development of healthy, happy children. Now more than 30 life-size fiberglass elk statues painted by artists around the region stand at various locations around Elkhart County, bringing beauty and knowledge to the community. All proceeds from the sale of the elk statues went to benefit CAPS in its mission to end child abuse in Elkhart County.
Murray explained that he’s been involved with CAPS for about five years and is committed to supporting the organization in its mission to help children.
“One of our core values at Lippert Components is caring for people,” said Murray. “That extends beyond our employees and customer base into the community, where we are proud to support organizations like CAPS that care for our children, giving them hope and opportunity for a successful future.”