When Paris Flynn was a student at Rockport High School, she served as president of the Lighthouse Project, which she described as a kindness club.
In that position, she founded a club scholarship and awarded $1,000 to a student “who acted as a shining light of positivity in the community.”
A few years later, Flynn is a sophomore at Bryant University, and this past spring she founded the nonprofit Wave Foundation with a mission to offer more scholarships. Her first event is Wednesday, July 31, at Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester with a silent auction of dozens of artworks from Cape Ann artists.
“The Wave Foundation is focused on providing scholarships to Cape Ann students who are pursuing higher education and embody the ideals of empathy, integrity, generosity and service. We are committed to supporting and empowering individuals who have lasting positive impacts in their community by filling their daily lives with acts of kindness,” said Flynn.
She said her high school experience with the Lighthouse Project inspired her to create her own foundation to achieve the same goals but on a much larger scale.
“The idea is that kindness has a ripple effect, and by empowering kindness we can promote a wave of positive change in local communities,” said Flynn.
To raise funds for the first scholarship, Flynn, 19, came up with the idea of the Cape Ann art auction.
“As a painter myself and someone who is lucky enough to have many generous and talented artists in my life, I thought a silent art auction would be a great way to merge my two passions of painting and serving my community,” she said.
“In the past few months of planning, I have been fortunate to experience an overwhelmingly positive response from my community,” said Flynn. “Over 30 pieces have been donated by massively talented local artists from Rocky Neck to Bearskin Neck. All of the pieces communicate the beauty of this community and why it is so important to recognize and support…