CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - For Kids' Sake 13th Annual Art Auction held their closing reception Saturday, May 4 at the Longbranch Coffeehouse in Carbondale.
The reception raised $16,000 from the sale of over 170 pieces of art, gift baskets, raffles and donations. The event included musical entertainment by five local bands, including a Bengali student rock band and a Bollywood dance. Several children's groups also performed music and shared their creative talents in support of the orphans in Bangladesh. There was standing room only all throughout the night.
Shema Ruperto, the event organizer, was very pleased with the Art Auction.
"This was our best art auction to date," she said. "Not only did we raise $16,000, but people from all over Southern Illinois came together in support of our kids in Bangladesh. A six year old Southern Illinois boy's art sold for $35, which will feed a hundred kids in Bangladesh."