LOS ANGELES (May 12, 2006) -- The Los Angeles chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a prestigious international group of successful young entrepreneurs, last night sponsored City of Angels, City of Art, a Benefit for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF). The Foundation is the sole organization in the United States that addresses the daily needs of children infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS domestically and internationally. Members of EO LA attended along with Foundation board members and cognoscenti from the Los Angeles art world. Together they raised $44,000.
The evening included a “Conversation on Collecting Contemporary Art” by Edward Goldman, host of KCRW’s “Art Talk,” and an inspirational presentation on the passion of collecting by noted contemporary art collector, Tom Peters. An art exhibit and sale of donated works by such notable area artists such as Herb Ritts, Larry Bell, Anthony Friedkin, Michael Haussman, Artis Lane, Faris McReynolds, and Trujillo-Paumier rounded out the evening. More than 60% of the retail cost of the artists’ work went to the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation. Winning entries from a Children’s Art Contest, a national art competition open to children who benefit from Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, were also for sale with proceeds going to the Foundation, while a live auction concluded the event.
Said Event Chair and Children Affected by AIDS Foundation Board Member Tara Kelly, “It was so inspirational to see this local community of entrepreneurs and art lovers come together to support a wonderful organization. I've been honored to serve as a volunteer of the Foundation and board member for the past several years. The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation’s mission is to support children nationwide and internationally who are infected with HIV/AIDS, as well as those whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS, such as AIDS orphans. Everyone who attended was so moved by the children’s art from our nationwide contest. I‘m amazingly appreciative of the 50+ LA-based artists who donated their work to our cause, the galleries who signed on to advise us and recruit artists on our behalf, as well as all the vendors and sponsors who gave so generously. We know that the arts community is constantly asked to support a number of worthwhile causes, and we were thrilled to have such incredible support for the Foundation."
Attendees of City of Angels, City of Art held at event space Marvimon in Chinatown, including actress Sharon Lawrence, were entertained not only by the art, but by DJ Pink Frankenstein who spun funky French and eclectic tunes to video clips as guests enjoyed Angeltinis at a martini bar sponsored by Stockholm Krystal Vodka and scrumptious passed hors d’ouevres catered by Innovative Dining Group, owners of Sushi Roku/Katana/Boa restaurants. Art world luminaries such as MOCA Board of Trustees’ Blake Byrne, ACME.’s Dean Anes , Roberts & Tilton’s Julie Roberts, de Soto’s Shelley de Soto and
Stephen Cohen of Stephen Cohen Gallery served on the event’s Advisory Committee. Commented EO LA Incoming President and Kelly’s husband Adam Glickman, "Tara and I were so happy to bring our two
favorite organizations together. As incoming chapter president of EO LA, I am pleased to introduce our group to the incredible work of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, an organization Tara and I have long supported."
About EO: EO is a non-profit organization designed to help successful business owners on their path to greater business and personal fulfillment. Membership is exclusive – invitations are extended only to entrepreneurs under the age of 50 who have founded and/or own a company grossing a minimum of US$1 million annually. EO is rapidly growing with 6,000 members in 40 different countries. EO members’ companies generate over US$81 billion annually and employ more than 742,000 employees. The LA chapter of EO is one of the most active, and the fastest growing chapter in the U.S. For more information about EO please go to http://www.eonetwork.org.
About the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation: The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation is the sole organization devoted to providing social, educational, recreational and other critical support programs to vulnerable children impacted by HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and other countries, including the growing epidemic of AIDS orphans. Founded in 1993 by Mattel, Inc. executive Joe Cristina, the Foundation has raised more than $23 million to date and provided grants to more than 300 community based non-profits for basic services such as food and transportation; mental health counseling; and socialrecreational programs including camps and day programs for children infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
Over 40 million people worldwide are living with HIV, including more than 3 million children under the age of 15. Last year, approximately 700,000 children under 15 were infected with HIV. To date, more than 13 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS, a number that is expected to grow dramatically in coming years. For more information about CAAF and to learn how you can help, please go to http://www.caaf4kids.org.
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For more information on City of Angels, City of Art, a Benefit for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation
or EO Los Angeles, please contact Andrew Reynolds at [email protected] or 323/866-0880, ext. 110 or Jeff Smith at [email protected] or 323/866-0880, ext. 101. For more information on the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, please call Jennifer Yuan at [email protected] or (310) 496-4441.