From November 18th, 2013 thru January 18th, 2014, the Second
Floor Gallery at Greenburgh Town Hall will feature “Sapphire’s Safari,”
photographs by Angelica Poniros. A meet-the artist reception will be held at
the gallery on Saturday, December 7th from 2-4 pm.
Ms. Poniros was born and reared in Greenburgh, NY, where she still
resides. While a student at Greenburgh’s Woodlands High School, she met and
became friends with fellow student Merlin German. They both graduated with
Woodland’s class of 2003. Angelica entered Long Island University while Merlin enlisted in the military to become a US
Marine. Just a few weeks before he was scheduled to come home from his
deployment, Merlin was badly injured when his Humvee ran over an IED roadside
bomb. His injuries were nearly fatal: 97% of his body surface area was burned. Given
a 3% chance of survival, Merlin defied the odds and was nicknamed the Miracle Man. During his recovery, he
dreamed of creating a non-profit organization to help children who were burn
survivors and their families. He named the organization Merlin's Miracles.
Merlin survived for three years after his tragic accident. Upon
his death, Angelica made a promise that she would carry on the Merlin's Miracles mission, and perpetuate
the legacy of her friend, Miracle Man.
Many years have passed, and the foundation has proudly helped countless
families and touched many lives. Their website is www.merlinsmiracles.org.
All proceeds from photographs sold during Sapphire’s Safari exhibit will directly benefit a child that Merlin's Miracles currently sponsors.
Town Hall is located at 177 Hillside Avenue, White Plains, NY 10603. The
building is accessible and there is no admission charge for the exhibit or the
reception. The gallery is open to the public from 9am - 5 pm, Mondays -
Fridays. For more information, call 914-682-1574.