Art was born in Nanticoke, PA. At the age of 5, his parents divorced leaving his mother, Anna, to raise 5 children on her own. Though this was certainly not an easy time for Anna and her family, she was a hardworking woman who was always willing to help others whenever she could. In her early 50s, Anna was diagnosed with brain cancer. Realizing the need to help his family cover their bills, Art worked before and after high school as the manager of a local pizza restaurant. Sadly, Anna lost her battle with cancer at the age of 56. Though she was gone, her generous heart and her desire to help others lived on in her only son.
In the 1990’s an article was published regarding the need for repairs at the Ewing, NJ animal shelter. A true dog lover, Art volunteered to help fix the run-down facility. He, along with several friends, worked tirelessly to help create a safer and cleaner environment for the many strays that resided there.
Art is generally the first person called upon if something needs to be fixed or something needs to be done in a hurry…and he rarely says no. So it was no surprise that when, in 2014, his friend Luke Tyler asked him to co-coordinate the Annual Toby Tyler Golf Outing to benefit the Valerie Fund (a non-profit organization supporting families of children with cancer and blood disorders) he was happy to be a part of it.
After several years of working with the Valerie Fund, the Wells’ family story was brought to Luke and Art’s attention and they felt compelled to help. They were touched by Sherrie and Mike’s story and without hesitation they agreed that the Hugs for Brady campaign would be their new focus. Their most recent golf outing in October of 2018 was a huge success, and they look forward to working with Hugs for Brady in the future.
Though Art is uncomfortable being recognized, he greatly appreciates this honor.