Friday, May 20, 2011

A Fantastic Fundraiser!

Bob Cat
 by Robin Stronk

I opened my email this morning to find this marvelous and motivational note from Robin Stronk - isn't this great? 

Inspired by your blog site, I started a fundraiser movement last December. I gathered local artists and requested that each create a piece of artwork inspired by their favorite rescue/shelter cause and donate it at 100 percent to be sold at a silent auction in May. 

These people were fantastic. I designated them as my "Art Angels." Some donated more than one piece and we ultimately had 36 items available for the auction.

There were nine causes represented and we raised $3,660 with the artwork alone. The artists also did all the work - made food, decorated the  huge training center at our local humane society, distributed posters and cards, came to meetings and even cleaned up after the event. 

I am so proud of everyone. 

There have been many requests for it to become an annual event and I am very happy to comply. Several small, little known rescues benefited and they were absolutely thrilled. They not only gained some financial support but
also received public recognition that is often lacking.

I painted for Winchester Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. My oil painting "Bob Cat" portrays just one of the varied creatures that have been nurtured and released back to the wild by them. They have also nursed owls, orphan squirrels, porcupines, geese, foxes and even a bald eagle. The piece was purchased by a local veterinarian who
provides their surgical procedures totally gratis.

I plan to continue this wonderful concept and hope to send you a report next year that the auction was even more successful.   

Robin T. Stronk DVM

p.s., Robin, would you please email me at Your email went to another carrie jacobson, and for some reason, I can't find an address for you! Thanks!