Monday, July 18, 2011

Last day to participate in the auction!

May-July has been crazy for us!  I had wanted to post this before we went out of town, but I simply didn't have enough time. 

As many of you may know, I am a volunteer for IAAM, which is the International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement.  Our great leader was finally sent the official paperwork granting the organization non-profit status!  How best to begin raising funds for a non-profit that is just starting out?  How about an art auction with all pieces created by sufferers or people affected by different forms of autoimmune arthritis?  If you are in the market for some original artwork, you are looking to donate to a good cause, you would like to show support or any combination of these, you can see the artwork donated to IAAM here.  If you are interested in learning more about IAAM, or would like to volunteer, go here. 

IAAM focuses on bringing awareness to chronic, debilitating, "invisible" diseases that are autoimmune in nature and have arthritis as a primary feature.  Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Lupus/ Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Psoriatic Arthritis and Scleroderma are all included.  When a person says, "I have arthritis", the likely responses are likely to be similar to "yeah, I have that, too.  I take Aleve for it", or "you should eat more vegetables".  People don't understand that these are serious Autoimmune diseases.  These aren't like what you got from riding your bike too much!

Our fearless leader writes this in an email: 

"It took a year and a half and more than 2 dozen volunteers. It required commitment, diligence and the passion from people who were determined to make a difference.  And on May 7th, 2011, the 40th birthday of IAAM's Founder, the news was delivered that the International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement had officially become a 501c3 nonprofit charity...and the 1st in history to exclusively benefit Autoimmune Arthritis.

 To raise funds to cover start up costs and initial programs, IAAM is hosting the Online Autoimmune Arthritis Art Show & Auction RIGHT NOW! 

The event is divided into 2 parts- the Art Show where you can buy pre-priced pieces from as low as $4.95 a piece!   We have over 60 submissions from artists, ALL entries submitted by those affected by Autoimmune Arthritis.
Submission from Giada, Italy, honoring her friend she lost to Systemic Lupus. Available for Print Only in the Art Show portion of this event.  You may purchase a print for as low as $4.95 by visiting our Fine Art America IAAM Gallery . 

The 2nd part is a LIVE Auction, containing
over a dozen original works (also 100% by those affected by Autoimmune Arthritis) that can be bid on through July 18th.   We have 22 items for bidding, some of which are featured to the left.


Please consider helping if you can!

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