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Art auction raises $12,000 for AIDS cause

December 2, 2002

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The Douglas County AIDS Project raised about $12,000 Sunday at its annual Red Ribbon Art Auction, slightly less than its goal of $13,500.

More than 100 people attended the auction, which featured clothing, pottery, jewelry and a variety of framed artwork.

"Each year I think we grow a little more," said Janet Horner, chairwoman of DCAP's board of directors.

Now in its 10th year, the auction is DCAP's largest fund-raiser, providing the project with funds for both case management and community education.

"We're certainly hoping for a big success tonight," said DCAP's executive director Sidney Hardgrave, adding that earlier fund-raisers had fallen a bit short of expectations.

Placing a bid for a poster signed by the cast of the Broadway
production of "The Producers," Tionna Pitner, Lawrence, writes her
name on a silent bid card during the 10th annual Red Ribbon Art
Auction at the Springhill Suites by Marriott. Sunday's event
benefited the Douglas County AIDS Project.

Placing a bid for a poster signed by the cast of the Broadway production of "The Producers," Tionna Pitner, Lawrence, writes her name on a silent bid card during the 10th annual Red Ribbon Art Auction at the Springhill Suites by Marriott. Sunday's event benefited the Douglas County AIDS Project.

The event, which usually takes place shortly after Thanksgiving, this year fell on World AIDS Day. It also showcased the artwork of former Lawrence resident Dennis Helm, who died 10 years ago from AIDS-related complications.

Horner said the auction was originally started in Helm's memory.


DCAP serves about 60 HIV-positive people in Douglas County. Hardgrave estimated that another 30 to 40 people in the county had the virus.

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