Gallery 50 will host its Fifth Annual Silent Fine Art Auction and Benefit for AIDS Delaware from 6 to 8:45 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10.
"This is such an amazing event," said Jay Pastore, former director of Gallery 50 and chair for this year's event. "It began as a small event in 2009, and has since blossomed into a major fundraising effort for a worthy organization."
AIDS Delaware is the state's first and largest AIDS service organization. Founded in 1984, its mission is to support those with HIV/AIDS in Delaware and to prevent the spread of HIV through comprehensive services, education and advocacy.
"I was thrilled that Eric Davison, the new owner and director of Gallery 50, had agreed to continue this event," said Pastore. "This year there will be over 30 works of art donated primarily by the talented artists represented by Gallery 50 and Philip Morton Gallery, also in Rehoboth Beach, and also by generous local artists such as Ward Ellinger and Bruce Clayton. All in all, over $20,000 in art donations will be up for auction. One hundred percent of all proceeds from this event will go directly to support AIDS Delaware. Last year, we raised over $7,000 and our goal this year is to raise over $10,000. We will also be holding our annual raffle, the winner of which will receive a $1,000 gift certificate to use at either Gallery 50 or Philip Morton Gallery."
Raffle tickets are $10 each and $25 for three and are currently available at Gallery 50, Philip Morton Gallery and SPAHR, all in Rehoboth Beach. The winner of the raffle does not need to be present at the event.
Refreshments for this this year's event have been graciously donated by Frank and Louie's, Henlopen City Oyster House, Hobos and Salt Air, all in Rehoboth Beach.
Gallery 50 is at 50 Wilmington Ave. in Rehoboth Beach. For more information, call 302-227-2050, or go to www.50contemporaryart.com, where there is a preview of this year's donation items. Admission is free.