Thursday, June 10, 2010

Prize4Life holds Art, Life, Spring Gala and Art auction to raise funds for ALS

On Thursday, May 27, 2010, Prize4Life held its inaugural A.L.S. Gala and Art Auction at the Roger Smith Hotel in New York City. Sponsored by Bloomberg LP, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Biogen IDEC, and Bristol-Myers Squibb, the event raised over $110,000 towards Prize4Life’s innovative efforts to find a cure for this devastating neurodegenerative disease (for more on our programs, click here).

The evening included dinner and an auction, led by Sotheby’s auctioneer Jamie Niven (son of David Niven, the famed actor who passed away from ALS). Mayor Bloomberg presented the evening’s opening remarks, and attendees included Nobel laureate Dr. Torsten Wiesel, Asaf Shariv, the Consul General of Israel, and renowned sports painter Bill Lopa.

Mayor Bloomberg presented the evening's opening remarks

Sotheby's Jamie Niven led the A.L.S. Art auction

A companion cocktail party and art showing, held at Sotheby’s on May 20th, also drew a large crowd, including guest of honor Gabriella Shalev, the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, who graciously gave an introduction to the evening. Guests sipped champagne, watched a short video on Prize4Life's co-founder and CEO Avi Kremer, and enjoyed the art that was hung for display.

Prior to the auction, the Huffington Post ran an emotive op-ed by artist Miriam Cabessa on her work's physical qualities, and its relationship with ALS. See that piece here. Photographs from both events are available here.

Works auctioned on May 27th included Gold Landscape, by Miriam Cabessa, At the Beach by Natan Elkanovich, Hanna & Shemu'el, by Boaz Vaadia, Ruth and Gehrig by Bill Lopa, The Unveiling by MuKha, Window Box, 2002 by Tim Prentice, Untitled #100 by Leora Laor, and Boy's Head, by Itmar Jobani.

Thanks to all who attended and helped make both events such a great success!

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