Artist and Insurance Firm Team Up in Fight Against Child Abuse

September 18, 2013 by SoWal Staff

Acclaimed local artist, Donna Burgess, has been active on the local and national art scene for more than two decades. She recently reached out to friends, Joe and Lea Capers, Owners of Insurance Zone, regarding a cause supporting parents who protect their children from abuse and abusive situations. Knowing that this was a personal cause for the Capers, Burgess decided to create a unique piece of art, not only supporting her friends, but the cause as well.

She recently unveiled, "The Embrace," at the annual Insurance Zone After Hours event at Rum Runners on August 15th. The art campaign will help raise dollars to support one mother’s immediate needs to help and protect her child, with the hope of assisting other parents who have found their children in abusive situations and are looking for legal and personal ways to support those children in the fight against abuse.

The National Center for Victims of Crime reports 1 in 5 girls, and 1 in 20 boys, are victims of child sexual abuse. The US Department of Health and Human Services Children's Bureau also reports that 1 report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.

“Before our personal involvement with my daughter and granddaughter’s struggles, we were not aware of the prevalence of these crimes and court decisions, and we are overwhelmed with the number of close friends that have experienced, or are experiencing, related situations.  We are happy to underwrite this project as one hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the campaign,” says Joe Capers.

For those who contribute $50 or more, they will receive a color poster of The Embrace. For those that contribute $250 or more to the campaign, they will receive a limited edition artist proof. All contributions are appreciated. For more info, please write to, follow Insurance Zone on Facebook, call the Insurance Zone office at 850-424-6979, or visit Insurance Zone at 495 Grand Boulevard to see the original work.

Burgess' works include watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media on paper and canvas. Burgess was also named 2008 Walton County Artist of the Year. To learn more about the artist, visit  

Insurance Zoneis a full-service commercial and personal lines independent insurance agency offering insurance products and services tailored to meet the demands of homeowners and business owners.  For more information about Insurance Zone, visit our 24 hour interactive website at Insurance Zone was also voted, “Best In Destin – Insurance Company,” by the readers of Destin Magazine in 2011 and 2012; as well as, “Best in Destin-Customer Service,” in 2012.


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