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May 31, 2003 - "Ithemba" Completes AIDS Art Auction

What: 16th Annual Art Against AIDS Art Auction

Where: INVESCO Field at Mile High

When: May 31, 2003

Beneficiary: Colorado AIDS Project

EMCEE: FOX31 News Anchors Libby Weaver and Ron Zappolo

Executive Director: Deirdre Maloney

Committee Members: Frank Ackerman, Tina Anderson, Kelly Arndt, Vicki Barr, William Biety, Michael Bombar, Steve Case, Carter Case, Robin Chalecki, Dee Chirafisi, Shannon Corrigan, Wendy Foster, Brad Goeres, Rick Grasmick, Scott Henderson, Bill Jamieson, Kit Karbler, Jason Knezel, JoAnn Mast, Manny Mendez, Colleen Miller, Greg Ravenwood, Dmitri Rudenko, Lee Rudofsky, John Schlegel, Joy Seacat, Julia Epel Sherry, Terry Smith, John Wood

Co-President(s): Terence Shea - President, David Alexander - Vice President, Sharon Hartman - Vice President, Chad Kenney - Vice President, Ann Murphy - Treasurer & President Elect, Mary Rueda - Secretary

Welcome: Deirdre Maloney, CAP Executive Director

Catering: Volume Services at Invesco Mile High

Of note: "Sheepdog in a Red VW", this year's "logo" for the auction, was created by artist Dede LaRue

Sponsors: Title Sponsor - Tanqueray. Wells Fargo, allaboutdenver.com, Destination Hotels & Resorts, FOX31 News, Starbucks, 5280 Magazine, Out Front Colorado, Stephany's Chocolates, am1150 KNRC, Auraria Printing, Inc.

Auctioneer: Gary Corbett - Auctioneer

Quote of the evening: "The support CAP received for this event comes from a variety of sources; each year there are more mainstream businesses, as people realize that AIDS affects all walks of life."

Menu: Roasted turkey with rolls, cranberry sauce, red, white and blue corn chips with salsa and guacemole, assorted cheeses, truffles from Stephany's chocolates

Attendance: 800

Attire: Shorts and T-shirts to Black-tie

Special Thanks: Ron Armijo - Wave Audio-visual, Costco Wholesale, Sergeants Martinez and Robinson - Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, Patty Moser - Invesco's Special Events Manager, Grant Rorvick - Champions on Ice, Jay Maloney - creative expert

Information: 303.837.0166 and http://www.coloradoaidsproject.org

Board of Directors: Terence Shea - President, David Alexander - Vice President, Sharon Hartman - Vice President, Chad Kenney - Vice President, Ann Murphy - Treasurer & President Elect, Mary Rueda - Secretary, Bev Barber, Skip Crownhart, Wendy Foster, Ken Lichtenstein, Dr. Migs Muldrow, Robert Nogueira, Henry Rosales, Darrell J. Vigil

 Long Time CAP supporters and committee members, Rick Grasmick, Lee Rudofsky and Scott Henderson. Lee was involved at the begiining with the Art for AIDS concept.
Long Time CAP supporters and committee members, Rick Grasmick, Lee Rudofsky and Scott Henderson. Lee was involved at the begiining with the Art for AIDS concept.
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Ithemba … Hope Art … Life Colorado AIDS Project … Ithemba The Colorado AIDS Project (CAP) held their 16th annual “Art Against AIDS Auction" at the club-level of Invesco Field on Saturday, May 31, 2003. Who knew that INVESCO could be transformed into an art museum!? The silent and live auctions included over 500 pieces: paintings, ceramics, glasswork, home furnishings, sculptures, jewelry, and vacations -- donated by artists, galleries, and businesses who support Colorado AIDS Project. Many artists share their passion in the pieces they create. Many admirers sense that passion and experience it every time they look at the piece they acquire. This is why CAP's "Art Against AIDS Auction" is so successful. As there was something for everyone, the 800 art lovers in attendance were passionate in their bidding. Retro (1960's - 1980's) paintings to futuristic lampshades and furniture. Portraits of nudes to paintings of superheroes. Elaborate glassware to vacations in Africa. By providing services and education for over 1,600 HIV infected men, women and children in each year, CAP increases hope in our community. Hope evokes the same feeling in every culture although we all have different words for it. Ithemba, meaning “hope” in the Zulu language, has transcended to the Colorado community in the form of a hand-crafted butterfly pin, created by HIV/AIDS-infected women in South Africa, where 29 million people struggle with the disease. The pins were sold at Saturday's auction; 25 percent of the proceeds will go to AIDS Help International to help with HIV education and prevention in South African communities. Despite stereotypes, HIV/AIDS has the potential to touch every community in every country worldwide. AIDS is the number one cause of death in Africa, and the fourth leading cause of death globally. There are now 42 million people estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. The money raised at the 2003 Art Against AIDS Auction will benefit Colorado AIDS Project in its mission of improving the lives of people affected by HIV and preventing HIV infection. Be sure to mark your calendars for CAP's major fundraising event, AIDS Walk Colorado on August 24, 2003.

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