Wow. This year we hosted our 21st Art with a Heart fundraising gala – and it was, quite literally, the best one ever. Indeed, Art with a Heart 2011 didn’t just surpass all of our goals for its silent and live auctions – it raised $326,440 in total, our all-time record!!
For me, the most touching moment of the evening was the outpouring of donations we received for “All in a Day’s Work” – in which we raise funds to cover the daily operating costs of our centers (totaling $25,157 for each day). Our goal was to raise $50,000, but the generosity of our guests surpassed our wildest expectations and we reached over $66,000!!
We also took time during the auction to pay special tribute to some of our longstanding supporters. Three of our board members retired this year, and we wanted to honor them on this occasion. A special thank you to Board members Mark Aron, Roz Cohen, and Laura Parcher for the years of support you’ve given us! Even though you’re retiring from the board, we know we’ll still be able to count on your continued collaboration and I’m sure we’ll see plenty of you in the years to come.
See this slideshow of selected photos from the event -- and click here to see the whole set. Thanks to Jessica Del Vecchio for such great photos!
A big thanks to our AWH Committee, including event chair Cynthia Krus. You all sure know how to plan a party. Thank you also to the many sponsors, volunteers, staff, clients, and supporters for all that you’ve done for us and for the amazing success of our 21st Annual Art with a Heart. See you all again next year!