Unite with Art 2010

- Hailey Taylor,

Putting on a fundraiser that is both effective and enjoyable for all parties involved is a difficult task to undertake…. unless, of course, the fundraiser is in aid of a cause as worthy as UNICEF’s Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign.

The organizers of Unite with Art’s art auction and gala should be very proud of themselves this month. They put on a fantastic event that went off without a hitch on Thursday, June 3rd in Vancouver, Canada. The evening featured some amazing pieces of art that were auctioned off to loving homes of art lovers.

In a continued effort to protect children around the globe from HIV/AIDS, the third Unite with Art event raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of UNICEF’s Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign.

Stephen Carruthers, Julie Lee, and Gerald Hartwig

More than 90 incredible works of contemporary art, fashion and design went up for auction at Maynard’s new Auction House – including pieces by renowned artists Joe Fafard, Graham Gillmore, Gabryel Harrison, Fred Herzog, and Danny Singer.

The spirit of giving was definitely in the air, as artists and art-lovers alike crammed into the beautiful new auction space to enjoy live entertainment, cocktails, and delicious food. Not to mention, of course: to peruse, mingle… and hopefully find some art!

Two of Kiwi Collection’s very own Vancouver-based hotels generously contributed to the silent auction at this event.

The Sutton Place Hotel offered an incredible package that included: one night’s stay at the hotel, dinner for 2 at O’doul’s restaurant, and a painting – all valued at $1,600.

Opus Hotel offered a generous Bed & Breakfast package valued at $500.

And the generosity did not stop there. There were other countless stores, artists, and sponsors that gave of themselves, their time, and their talents so openly – significantly adding to its success.

Prior to this event, more than $330,000 had been raised for UNICEF’s Unite for Children, so the numbers from this past Thursday have greatly augmented that initial figure. In fact, there were at least two pieces that went for $14,000.

As Alison Lawton, Chair for Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS says, “It just goes to show you, that art really could have the potential to transcend cultures, boundaries and borders.”

Alison Lawton and Christian Nikolay

  1. Mark says:

    The picture captioned ‘Unite with Art 2010’ depicts persons who are not named. A pity, as the stunning woman on the far right merits special mention. The aesthetics of KiwiCollection knows no bounds!.