I had an eventful week previously.
On Saturday, October 4, I volunteered to help tell people about, and sell tickets for Art With Heart, the annual auction that donates money to Casey House, a hospice for people afflicted by AIDS.
The auction features art by well-known and up-and-coming Canadian artists. Artists from all provinces and territories are represented and there is always some art contributed by Aboriginal artists.
The reviews took place at Waddington’s Auction House near King and Sherbourne and it was here that I got to know Stephen Ranger a little better. Ranger is the Vice President of Business Development at Waddington’s and has been an auctioneer for Art With Heart for 20 of the 21 years the event has existed.
I already knew from the auctions I have attended that he has a warm sense of humour and a steadfast dedication to making money for Casey House. Having seen him afar for so many years, my face just another in a huge audience, I got to see him up close on Saturday. He is even more personable in one-on-one situations.
The Art With Heart auction happened on Tuesday, October 7 and, as always, was entertaining. The bids came fast and furiously and a few pieces of art reached or went beyond the $10 000 level.
One does not have to bid to enjoy the spectacle. He can simply sit back, take a glass of wine that rolls by on wheeled carts, and be enthralled with the marvel.
Then, on Wednesday, October 8, I had the opportunity to meet Rick Mercer who has supported Casey House over the years. Last April, Rick was honoured by the charitable organization, the St. George’s Society. Rick asked for the money from ticket sales to be given to Casey House and this was a much-appreciated gesture, seeing that Casey House is expanding into a larger building, being constructed to accommodate more clients in more spacious rooms.
These are exciting times for Casey House, an organization that strives to make daily activities more comfortable for people suffering from AIDS.