Advertising industry raises over $50,000 for the homeless at annual Lighthouse Art Auction 2011

l:h 8.jpgSome of the biggest names in the advertising industry and some of the most exciting names in the art world came together at last week's Lighthouse Auction to raise more than $50,000 to help end youth homelessness in Australia.
Creative talent from from agencies such as Fenton Stephens, Boiler Room, Twenty20 Communication and CHE generously bid for the work of artists like Reg Mombassa, Christophe Stibio and Jeff Martin at the 8th Annual Lighthouse Art Auction.
Supporting the work of the Lighthouse Foundation the Annual Lighthouse Art Auction is fast becoming one of the premier art events in Melbourne. Originally the brainchild of Kelly Addis - CEO of Melbourne Advertising Agency Boiler Room, the event has grown dramatically with the support of such advertising luminaries as Roger Stephens and Alex Fenton. All of the artworks were donated with the proceeds supporting the Lighthouse Foundation to provide a home and a family environment for homeless young people in Melbourne.
Held at Guy Abrahams' 27 Gipps Street Gallery in Richmond, this year the Art Auction also featured the work of The Communications Council's Youngblood's group who were tasked with creating art that reflected their own interpretation of the people and the purpose of the Lighthouse Foundation. Host, Fysh Rutherford and auctioneer, Martin Farrah presided over the frenzied bidding that saw a Youngblood's sculpture go for $1,800 and Matt Martino's piece 'Get Home' sell for $5,250.
Says Lighthouse CEO, Kane Bowden: "The support we receive from the advertising industry and the artists themselves is very humbling and vital to our work to end youth homelessness in Australia. Many of the young people we work with use art as a way of expressing themselves and sharing their stories so this is a very special night for us not only for the money raised but also as a reminder of their potential."
The auction, organized by Fenton Stephens Advertising for the past three years, has seen a growing level of industry support year on year.

About the Lighthouse Foundation
Lighthouse provides homeless young people with long-term, safe, stable family-style
accommodation, combined with intensive, tailored support programs so that they can help
themselves to health, learn to relate to others and rebuild their lives, developing the skills they will need to take back their rightful place in our community. This successful Model of Care is lived out in nine Lighthouse homes across Melbourne.

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Mick Hunter said:

I recognise a Ron Mather classic when i see one.

Anne Miles said:

Fabulous! Great effort everyone involved. $50K would make a great impact. It's great to see our industry doing something of value like this.

Maria Simonelli said:

What a great night and what an honour to win the Youngblood award and be able to donate funds to such a great cause. Congratulations to all involved.
Best wishes Maria Simonelli

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