Lynnwood Bowl & Skate hosting world record caricature drawing attempt in fundraiser for military families


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By David Pan

Artist Steve Hartley currently holds the unofficial record for drawing the most caricatures in one hour.

He drew 129 caricatures in 2008 to better his previous record of 119, which he established two years earlier. Hartley is stretching his fingers and arm in preparation for another potential record-setting attempt.

As part of a fundraiser for Operation Military Family, Hartley will try to set a new caricature drawing record from 5-7 p.m., April 21, at the Lynnwood Bowl & Skate.

The key is logistics, said Hartley, who owns and operates his own company, Muggshotz Caricatures. “It’s moving people quickly through.”

Hartley’s goal is 130, but Lynnwood Bowl & Skate general manager Larry Matlin is aiming for 150.

“Larry has other ideas,” Hartley said. “He wants to organize the lines better and get people moving in and out.”

“With some help and two easels, we could easily break the record,” Matlin said.

The cost to participate in the event and have Hartley draw a caricature is $10. Admission to come and watch is $5. All proceeds will go to support Operation Military Family’s non-profit efforts.

Last year, Lynnwood Bowl & Skate raised funds for Fisher House, an organization that provides comfort housing for military families seeking medical treatment at military and veteran medical centers. Matlin said about $5,000 was donated to Fisher House.

“Our goal is to support our military families,” Matlin said.

Matlin was looking to support another military organization, one that was a little closer to home and he found one in Edmonds – Operation Military Family.

Purely by coincidence, the CEO and Founder of Operation Military Family, Mike Schindler, was a former co-worker of Matlin’s. The two talked and decided to partner for the April 21 fundraiser.

Operation Military Family’s mission is to enrich the lives of service members and their families by connecting them to resources. The organization has developed mobile and web applications and also provides transition consulting and training and relationship skill-building.

With the recent federal government spending cuts, Operation Military Family has been approached by a number of people asking for financial assistance. The fundraiser will go toward supporting veterans and active duty personnel who need help paying bills, such as rent or their utilities.

Operation Military Family’s goal is to connect people with mentors in different businesses in addition to providing financial assistance.

Helping veterans and their families is important to Hartley, Matlin and Schindler. All three are ex-military. Hartley is an Army veteran. Martlin served in the Air Force and Schindler was in the Navy.

“I believe strongly in our military,” Matlin said. “We’re excited to do this.”

Find out more about the April 21 fundraiser here



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