Helping Japan, One Piece at a Time: Benefit Art Auction at Stardust

Last Thursday, Gabby and Miriam hosted an amazing night filled with local art pieces, excellent drink specials and exciting raffle action to benefit the Red Cross and its efforts in the wake of the recent earthquakes and tsunami in northeastern Japan.

A number of paintings and photographs were brought in by many fantastic local artists for the auction, including Doug Woods, Jen Mak, Brice Stephens, Mikeybear, Jessica Earley, Brian Phillips, Patrick Reid, Courtney Matzke, Trevor Allen Garrett, Kim Vang, Doug Rhodehamel, Doreen Joy Barber and Dennis Hansbury. Pat Greene emceed the bidding and the lovely Anna Gemmati showcased the works in the auction room  for people to admire and bid on.

Anna and Rene were at the Stardust bar creating three special cocktail concoctions specifically for the event, with the proceeds from the donation jar going towards the Red Cross. The cocktail menu featured three classic libations: the Pisco Sour, the Aviation and Sharp Knife. Judging by the crowds witnessed from the raffle table, these drinks as well as others proved to be popular for the thirsty throng.

Rockin’ the raffle table, guarding the excellent prizes and helping people through the raffle-ticket process was Erica, Tim and Doreen. The raffle was called at the end of the night after the auction was over, and raffle winners won some pretty excellent prizes from some amazing local businesses and artisans, including shirts and prints from Danny Sheehan, a $50 gift certificate to Redlight Redlight, $25 gift certificates to Bikkuri Sushi, a $15 gift certificate to Park Ave CDs, a gift box from Big Wheel Provisions, a $25 gift certificate to Ace Metric, a bath kit from Simblissity, a $50 gift certificate to Sushi Lola’s, a lure and tackle set from Hall Em In, a $25 gift certificate to Mr. Sisters, a tea bowl from Nouveau Clay and a couple of $25 gift certificates to Stardust.

The raffle table was also the source for limited-edition t-shirts designed by Fat American for the Japan benefit auction. The money for the shirts also went to the Red Cross.

All in all, nearly $4500 was raised for the relief efforts in Japan! Congratulations and thank-yous go out to everyone who volunteered their time for the event, bid on items, ordered the benefit special cocktails, bought raffle tickets, donated art and raffle prizes, worked at Stardust, mixed up drinks and attended this wonderful event. A special thanks for David Hood for designing an excellent poster for the event, which was seen in our previous post. Everyone seemed to have a good time that night, and we’re glad to be part of such a generous community. Thank you, everyone!

If you’d like to see more photos of some of the artwork and raffle prizes, check out our Flickr group page for Stardust. If you have some photos from that night, please add them to the group! Feel free also to take pictures of the art you procured in its new home or your raffle prize.

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