Charity Pie Night benefiting Max Love Project

PIE NIGHT IS BACK!!! Come by Practical Art Friday, September 23rd, and eat some delicious homemade pies from our favorite local baker, Karen Olson, of Vonciel’s Pies. Gluten free? Vegan? No problem! Karen whips up amazing pies for all diets! Relish in the fact that you’re not only eating delicious, locally made goods, but you are also supporting our featured non-profit, MaxLove Project.

Did you know that 95% of childhood cancer survivors will go on to face a serious chronic illness? MaxLove is working to alleviate the reality of this statistic. They are on a mission to improve the quality of life for childhood cancer survivors (aka SuperKids). The volunteer driven, grassroots organization offers programs and resources focused on ‘super actions’ that promote lifelong healthy survivorship and disease prevention. These programs include culinary medicine, social support, integrative medicine, research, and advocacy. It is a Whole Body, Whole Person approach to maintaining and supporting healthy lives.


MaxLove is teaming up to support the efforts of Dr. Adrienne Scheck. Dr. Scheck, working out of the Barrow Neurological Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, is behind the groundbreaking diet that’s helped MaxLove Project’s Chief Inspiration Officer, SuperMax, thrive against brain cancer. This ketogenic diet is a powerful and nontoxic therapeutic addition to conventional treatment. There is a lot of promise in this non-toxic approach, and our SuperMax provides a powerful case study for its efficacy. But there’s still a lot more science that needs to be done.

That’s where you come in. All of the money raised in this month’s Charity Pie night at Practical Art will help support Scheck Laboratory on behalf of MaxLove. For more information about how your dollars impact the lab, or how you can help even more, click here.


So come to Practical Art Friday, September 23rd, eat delicious pie and support MaxLove. A $5 donation gets you a slice of a Vonceil’s Pies creation! A $10 donation gets you as many in-house tastings as you’d like! All donations, and 10% of all sales that day, will be donated to MaxLove Project!

We can’t wait to see you there!


January’s Featured Non-Profit: Phoenix Children’s Hospital!


From the 51, it looks like a Wynn resort or new contemporary museum, and from wide-eyed children it elicits the question, “Whoaaaa……What is that place?!”  Well, kids, it’s a place of science, healing, hardship, hope, technology, wonder, and research. It’s the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. It’s our featured non-profit this month, and….

…it’s also a place of superhero window-washers.

I know, right? We’re all asking what PCH’s age limit is right now. And, well, some folks have also asked, why a “children’s-only” hospital? And the answer, from their website: “Only a children’s hospital can ensure that every staff member is focused on pediatric care. Radiology staff knows how to calm wiggly children for x-rays. Pharmacy systems are set to alarm if an unusual pediatric dosage is ordered. Staff is trained to recognize and alleviate pain in patients too young to verbalize their discomfort.” It’s a specialty task; and PCH is a stand-out, a special place in the field of pediatrics.

In 1995, Phoenix Children’s Hospital was even the first pediatric center in the country to establish a Children’s Advisory Board (Yes, that’s a board comprised of young perspectives).  Since then, CAB has been instrumental in bringing the child’s-eye view to the hospital’s procedures and facilities, contributing a multitude of suggestions that have consistently deepened Phoenix Children’s understanding of what it means to be a hospital geared towards children. Both CAB and patients have given them a lot of good advice over the years, such as:

  • ways to make procedures less painful,
  • how to make treatment rooms look less scary,
  • and how to better respect their privacy.

This wound-healing, life-saving, comfort-providing, pediatric institute is ever-expanding to meet the growing needs of Phoenix, and they need help to continue to provide a uniquely child-friendly environment with its bright colors, special artwork, and recreation spaces for kids of all ages, as well as to continue the important research that has made them a national beacon of hope in pediatric treatment.

And, when it comes to help, every little bit counts. While we may not be able to dole out fat corporate checks, we do have a supportive cadre of arts lovers, community lovers, and civic-minded locals, (YES YOU!) who, well, who happen to also love pie. Let’s see what we can do to make this equation equal a prosperous and healthy community.

A Share of the Pie: Charity Pie Night!

Fourth Friday, January 23rd, 2014 from 7pm-9pm

A $5 donation gets you any slice of a Vonceil’s Pies creation! A $10 donation or $25 purchase at the shop gets you as many in-house tastings as you’d like! The delectables (made by our favorite sister/helper Karen Olson) have previously included such treats as Banana Peanut Butter Cream and Strawberry Jalapeno. Bring your own plate or pick up a handmade one on the spot to keep things eco-conscious!

 All donations, and 10% of all sales during the event, will be donated to: Phoenix Children’s Hospital!