Over a Quarter Million Dollars Raised by Art for AIDS

San Francisco's 17th Annual Art for AIDS auction earned a record-breaking $275,000 this year.

BY Nicholas Cimarusti

November 04 2013 12:14 PM ET

For the last 17 years, Art for AIDS — a juried live and silent auction that is San Francisco's leading art event — has had tremendous success in raising money for the UCSF Alliance Health Project. Held last week at the City View in San Francisco, this year's event drew in over 800 art patrons and supporters of HIV research, testing, and treatment. 

One of the leading U.S. AIDS service organizations, The UCSF Alliance Health Project has helped San Francisco Bay Area residents to protect themselves from HIV and to cope with the psychological and emotional challenges of living with HIV for 30 years. A record-breaking $275,000 was raised for the Alliance as more than 150 works of modern and contemporary art were auctioned off that night.

Local food and drink establishments catered the event with gourmet bites and cocktails. Drag king Vegas Jake and community activist Lenny Broberg provided audience entertainment, along with veteran auctioneer Patrick Walsh. Besides the impressive art, patrons also took home coveted certifcates for eateries, Napa winery tours, spa treatments, design services, and luxury getaways.

As always, the works of art were in hot demand. Additional bid sheets were required and retail prices were doubled. The selection of artists included both local San Francsico Bay Area creatives and world-renowned names including Theophilus Brown, Squeak Carnwath, Hung Liu, and David Smith Harrison. Liu’s haunting untitled portrait earned the evening's highest bid at $4,000.

“The spirit and energy of the event was intoxicating,” said director Lori Thoemmes. “I am so appreciative of the staff, volunteers, sponsors, artists, bidders and buyers who made this event so special.”

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