online auction for alzheimer’s services
more than three dozen pieces of art and services are going to the highest bidder as an online art auction aims to increase the hours of respite care available through the North bay alzheimer Society.
bids are being accepted until Sept. 21 but many of the works will be featured at a sold-out music, art and stand-up comedy event at the grande event Centre Friday night.
Special guest at the Look, Listen and Laugh (because dementia Sucks) event is bob Wood, Nipissing mp for 16 years beginning in 1988, who was recently diagnosed with early stage alzheimer’s disease.
Contributors include Keith Campbell, david Carlin, edna Scott, pat Stamp, Jurgen mohr, midge ravensdale, Christine Fortin and mary Jowsey.
Jeff marceau, air-brush muralist, will be creating a donation live in the banquet room, with the image of an elephant chosen as a subject because the memory-famous elephant is often associated with alzheimer’s disease.
also donating works are emerging artists such as pencil sketcher miranda prior of powassan and new North bay resident pauline Sutherland from Fort albany First Nation.
top bids listed at the www.smalltowntimes.ca website so far include $250 for Campbell’s porcelain plate donation, $180 for Fortin’s piano lessons, $150 for Catering by Lucie to deliver a 10-person in-home meal, $125 for a private painting lesson with Jack Lockhart and $100 for prior’s print.
the event helps close out Canadian association of Stand-up Comedians first national awareness week as it lobbies for federal recognition as an art to access funding available to other recognized performance artists.
it also lands at the beginning of the alzheimer Society’s Coffee break campaign to raise awareness and encourage businesses and organizations to hold their own fundraising gatherings.
donations can be made to the North bay alzheimer Society at the event by cheque or and online at http://alzheimer.ca/en/sudburymanitoulin with full charitable receipt available.
Jurgen Mohr is one of the artists participating in an online art auction in aid of respite care through the North Bay Alzheimer Society.