Over the years the names have changed with the times. What began as Art for AIDS and later became Celebrate Life/Celebrate Art is now Art for Change. The benefit for the Free Care Fund at Persad Center, which serves the region's LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities, drew more than 1,000 supporters to the August Wilson Center May 13 as it celebrated its 25th anniversary.
With catering by top local restaurants and food purveyors, the dining portion of the evening is a giant cocktail party. More important, it serves as a preview for the donated art that was auctioned later in the evening by Trip Kline. Throw in the silent auction items, and the benefit grossed more than $270,000, proof that the luster hasn't tarnished on this popular event, a can't miss on collectors' calendars.
Helping to raise the total were chairs Brian Stankavich and Laura Horowitz, Persad executive director Betty Hill, board chair Jim Cassaro, benefit organizer Bob McGrogan, benefit founder Jim Huggins, Clyde Jones of lead sponsor UPMC, Chris Pritchard of sponsor PNC, John Kandray of Ernst & Young, Gerald and Barbara Chait, Richard Parsakian, Bob Sendall, Jeff and Mark Zets, Kathleen Miclot, Bob Davis, Mark Power, Corey O'Connor, Stephan Bontrager, Christopher Hahn and Ron Booth and many more.
First Published May 21, 2013 4:00 AM