By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An all-night fundraiser draws upon the talents of local artists.

Tom Panico, co-founder and coordinator of the second annual Philly Draw-A-Thon, says for 24 hours, artists here at the University of the Arts put their talents to good use.

“We pack as many artists in here as we can and then pump out as many sketches between all of them as we can,” said Panico.  “All of the sketches are then sold at $10 apiece. That money then goes directly to Child’s Play, which is a charity that benefits the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.”

Panico was inspired to run the event by a comic he likes.

“The charity was founded by an online web comic called Penny Arcade, which I’d been reading for years,” he said.

(credit: Hadas Kuznits)

(credit: Hadas Kuznits)

He says the founders of that comic encourage their fans to run their own fundraisers.

“They handle a whole lot of the legal 501c. They create a really great support system so if you want to do a charity they take care of all the hard work. You can focus on just raising money,” said Panico.

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