Pop Culture Community Unites for Disaster Relief Effort
Nearly $1000.00 raised for Convoy of Hope...
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Comic and toy fans put their money where their hearts were last weekend for the first ever Heroes Give Hope charity auction. The live online auction event featured dozens of custom made action figures and works of art specially commissioned for the event, and raised nearly $1000.00 for the disaster relief agency ConvoyofHope.org.
Sponsored by internet auction house TheBigToyAuction.com, the first of its kind event showcased the talents of both professional and amateur artists from a broad range of fields. Each artist was asked to create and donate a piece in the theme of "everyday heroes." Pieces ranged from a tongue-in-cheek GI Joe based custom "bootleg" figure by Suckadelic Toys to UK Illustrator Dave Williams' original print featuring dozens of minimalist interpretations of comic, TV, and movie heroes arranged to form the word "Hope." The big item of the night, selling for $125.00 was a watercolor painting of He-Man and Battlecat figures by artist Jonathan Reincke (pictured top).
At the end of the event, over $900.00 worth of items were sold with 100% of the hammer price going directly to Convoy of Hope. Convoy is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing disaster relief, feeding initiatives and community outreach. Since its founding in 1994, Convoy has provided aid to more than 45 million people in over 100 countries, including the victims of the Japan and Haiti earthquakes, the Joplin tornadoes, and New Orleans following hurricane Katrina.
The benefit auction could not have come at a better time, as Convoy is already responding to the damage caused by Hurricane Irene by delivering supplies across the eastern seaboard. Plans are already under way to make this a recurring event. In the meantime, plans are already under way for a charity auction for the Wounded Warriors Project to be held on Veteran's day. Those interested in creating or contributing to the live auction event can contact admin@TheBigToyAuction.com or through their website at TheBigToyAuction.com. Those wishing to donate directly to Convoy of Hope can do so through their website at donate.convoyofhope.org.
Source: Edited TheBigToyAuction PR