Besides my cash donation, I would like to offer this painting up for an online auction in which all proceeds will go to one of your choice of the three organizations listed above, or another of your choice. Actually, I will go one better– I will donate 125% of the winning bid, 100% of the bid and an additional 25% from my own pocket. So your winning bid will provide $1.25 of aid for every dollar bid. I will pay for shipping and insurance for the piece. Bids will be accepted through the comments section or, if you prefer anonymity, at my website’s email address, firstname.lastname@example.org .
This painting is titled Proclamation and is a 12″ by 16″ painting on canvas, framed in my normal floating frame. It is a piece that would normally be priced in the $1400 range in galleries. I will ship it with a dedication to you on the back in honor of your donation as well as a signed copy of my book.
The bidding starts at $300 and runs until Tuesday, January 19, at 12 noon EST.
So, if you’d like to help in a small way the people of Haiti you can bid on this piece with my gratitude in knowing my work would be of some help to these people. If you can’t or don’t want to bid on this, try to give something to an organization set up to help these folks, such as the ones listed above. If you know someone who might be interested in this painting and in giving aid to the Haitian people, pass this post on to them.
Whatever the case, try to help…
A short while ago, I received an e-mail from Eliza Schissel, the Resource Development Manager for Habitat For Humanity East Bay in Oakland, CA which read:
I’ve enjoyed reading your blog, and I think it’s a wonderful and generous thing to offer one of your pieces to support recovery efforts in Haiti.
I would like to bid $1,500. If my bid wins, may I allocate the donation towards Habitat for Humanity’s rebuilding efforts? HFH has built 2,000 homes in Haiti, and of the Habitat families who survived, many are left homeless. An HFH assessment team lead by our Director of Field Operations for Disaster Recovery should already be on the ground – they were expected to arrive yesterday afternoon from the Dominican Republic, but it was unclear when they departed if the road conditions would allow passage and if the border would be open. In countries that have experienced disasters of this magnitude, many first responder organizations are able to provide temporary shelter, but families are left in squalid temporary refugee shelters until Habitat for Humanity is able to build permanent housing with them. Habitat is a critical partner in long-term, permanent recovery solutions.
The answer, of course, is yes. Habitat For Humanity has had a long partnership with the people of Haiti and it will take enormous sums of money to rehouse the survivors. I would be honored to donate to this wonderful organization. For more information on their efforts and history in Haiti, visit their site by clicking on the logo shown here.
So the current high bid stands at $1500.
Many thanks to Eliza for the great and generous bid!