Image 2: Signature artist Mitchell Lonas (left) celebrates WNCAP’s upcoming auction at this year’s Raise Your Hand preview party.
What: Raise Your Hand Benefit Auction, to support the Western North Carolina AIDS Project.
Where: DoubleTree Hotel Biltmore, 115 Hendersonville Road.
When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m. $125. Advanced tickets required; no tickets will be sold at the door. Info: http://www.wncap.org/ryh or 252-7489.
Why: WNCAP is once again throwing its Raise Your Hand auction, an evening of food, fine wine and exquisite local art. This year's signature piece, titled "Aflight," is an image of a delicate feather floating on a black background, achieved by Mitchell Lonas' incised painted aluminum technique. Lonas, a longtime supporter of WNCAP, says that "Aflight" is more than just beautiful art. "For anyone living with HIV/AIDS, I wish them a feeling of peace, peace as represented by a floating feather,” explains Lonas.
If a sun-drenched trip to an Italian villa is more to your liking, the auction will feature a two-week stay in the heart of Italy's wine country. The only thing that could make either item more enticing is knowing that the proceeds support WNCAP's efforts to provide HIV-related services through prevention education, client support and outreach activities.
Other popular WNCAP events include its yearly Dining Out for Life fundraiser, World AIDS Day activities and an HIV/AIDS Awareness Walk. The organization invites everyone to bid on some of the region's finest art, antiquities and wine, while joining forces with some of the area's most altruistic citizens.
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