LEADING CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS DONATE WORK TO RAISE FUNDS FOR TREATMENT OF CHILDHOOD CANCER Dale Chihuly, Anthony Goicolea, Ed Ruscha, Ugo Rondinone, David Salle, Richard Serra, Albert Watson Among 100 Artists in Auction to Support Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation
Nix, Shay Nowick, , Megan Olson, Suzanne Opton, Melissa Oresky, Tom Otterness, Aaron Parazette, Joel Perlman, Richard Pettibone, Matthew Pillsbury, Mel Prest, Len Prince, Luigi Rocca, Ugo Rondinone, Jason Frank Rothenberg, Ed Ruscha, Will Ryman, David Salle, Michael Schall, Sharon Schuster, Richard Serra, Joel Shapiro, Jerry Siegel, Hunt Slonem, Frank Sofo, Mike and Doug Starn, Therman Statom, Lino Tagliapietra, Leah Tinari, Mickalene Thomas, Helen van Meene, Massimo Vitali, Richard Wathen, Albert Watson, Heather Wilcoxon, Robin Williams, Hiroshi Yamano, and Tatiana Zank.
The galleries that have agreed to assist include Marlborough Gallery, Brenda Taylor Gallery, L & M Arts, Leo Castelli Gallery, Bonni Benrubi Gallery and The Hogar Collection.
The art auction precedes the annual “Breakthrough Ball” fundraising gala, a black tie dinner dance that will be held on October 28, 2008, at the Plaza Hotel. Actor Charles Grodin will return as the emcee. Last year’s honoree, NFL great Tiki Barber, will present this year’s “Breakthrough Spirit” award to artist and music producer Swizz Beatz, actor/activist Steve Guttenberg, Major League Baseball star and Yankee broadcaster Al Leiter, and Laureen Kelley, founder of One Life, Inc. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings will provide entertainment. A live auction will be held that will include trips to Bali, a five hour Bombardier jet package, a Caribbean cruise, a personal photo shoot by Heisler Pictures, Inc., a golf package at the top Hampton’s golf courses, a chef’s dinner for 20 at the winner’s home with ‘Cesca chef Kevin Garcia, and a custom designed Di Modolo necklace, much more.