Event: Unite With Art Auction and Gala
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 Time: 6 pm - Midnight
Silent Art Auction begins at 6 pm / Live Auction begins at 8 pm
Venue: Former Storyeum in Gastown, 151 W. Cordova St., Vancouver
Tickets: $150 Purchase online at www.unitewithart.com or by calling UNICEF at 604.874.3666 ext. 8125
UNICEF announces 2nd Unite with Art Auction and Gala
Benefiting UNICEF Canada's Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign
Vancouver, BC - May 6, 2009 - May 6, 2009 - Each and every day, 1,800 children under the age of 15 are infected
with HIV; most of these children are newborns. Every two minutes a child under the age of 15 dies of
an AIDS-related illness. Millions of children and young people around the globe are at risk and in need
In an act to put children on the global AIDS agenda, in 2005 UNICEF and its partners launched the
Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign. In June 2008 the Unite with Art Auction and Gala
was created to raise financial support and bring awareness to the campaign. More than 350 of
Vancouver's art collectors responded to this need and raised $276,000 for the cause. The event was
the brainchild of Julie Lee, Arthouse Gallery Director and Unite with Art Executive Director, as well as
Alison Lawton, Chair of UNICEF's Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign.
UNICEF Canada President and CEO Nigel Fisher is pleased to announce that the 2nd Unite with Art
Auction and Gala will take place on June 3, 2009. "Roughly 15 million children under the age of 18
have lost one or both parents to AIDS and millions more have been affected by it. The suffering of
children is the world's greatest shame. It is unnecessary - but there is hope," said Fisher. "The Unite
with Art event will raise funds for the Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign-a campaign
that is global in reach and global in action."
The Unite with Art Auction and Gala will run from 6pm - midnight at the former Storyeum in Gastown.
A spectacular evening of art and advocacy, the gala will feature silent and live auction items of 90+
donated works from acclaimed artists, including, Fred Herzog, Chris Jordan, Greg Girard, Angela
Grossmann, Gabryel Harrison, Christian Nicolay, Joe Fafard, Annie Pootoogook, Brent Comber and
David Wilson, among others. The event will also feature local designers including Obakki, Omer Arbel,
LemonPark, Michael Gotziaman, John Fluevog, Kelly Deck, and Inform Interiors to name a few. The
evening will include a cocktail as well as a dessert reception featuring live entertainment and cuisine by
the city's best restaurants.
"I am absolutely delighted that such an incredibly diverse group of individuals has united once again for
another fabulous evening," states Lawton. "We are unbelievably fortunate to be surrounded by such
wonderful artists and designers who have joined with UNICEF and donated their work to support this
Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS is the largest campaign ever initiated to bring attention to the
impact that HIV/AIDS has on children and youth. UNICEF's goal is to halt and begin to reverse the
spread of the deadly disease by 2015 through efforts to expand health care services and prevention
measures. Proceeds raised from the Unite with Art Auction and Gala will benefit this campaign.
The Unite with Art Auction and Gala fundraiser takes place Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at the former
Storyeum in Gastown starting at 6pm. Tickets are $150 and may be purchased online at
www.unitewithart.com, or by calling UNICEF at 604.874.3666 ext./poste 8125.
About Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV;
Providing pediatric treatment;
Protecting and supporting children affected by HIV and AIDS;
Providing information and services to adolescents and young people so they have the
knowledge they need to prevent infection.
The Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign aims to provide support, care, protection, and
treatment to millions of children afflicted with HIV/AIDS, so the spread of this pandemic can be halted
by 2015. The campaign builds on UNICEF's already extensive work for children's health and focuses
efforts on four key areas:
Through fundraisers such as Unite with Art and the generous donation of time, resources, and money
by participants, UNICEF can achieve its goal of reaching 80 percent of children who have been affected
by AIDS, and reducing the global percentage of young people living with HIV by 25 percent globally.
UNICEF is determined to make this the last generation of children to bear the brunt of AIDS.
More than 6,000 young people aged 15 to 24 are newly infected with HIV everyday.
Nearly 2.3 million children under the age of 15 live with HIV, mostly due to mother-child
A child under the age of 15 dies of an AIDS-related illness every two minutes of every day.
More than 15 million children have lost one or more parents to AIDS; over 12 million of these
children live in sub-Saharan Africa.
Only 23 percent of HIV-positive mothers are receiving medicines that will help their unborn
child from contracting HIV. UNICEF's goal is to provide appropriate services to 80 percent of
Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS is the largest campaign ever initiated to bring to the
world's attention the impact that HIV/AIDS has on children and youth.
The campaign aims to halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2015, through
efforts to expand health care services and prevention measures.
Source: Unite With Art
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