McGaw Foundation Gala Raises $50,000 for AIDS Organizations – Brief Article
WEST NYACK, N.Y. — Without a doubt, the recent McGaw Foundation Fundraising Gala at Windows on the World in Manhattan was a smashing success, according to organization officials. The evening’s event was attended by most of the movers and shakers in the arts industry and raised $50,000 net to benefit a variety of AIDS charities.
More than 300 supporters of the foundation participated in the event, many enjoying the gourmet food and drink, bidding at the silent and live auctions and dancing the night away to the music of the Manhattan Swing Orchestra. The auction highlights included a trip to Bangkok and Chiang Mai, a Sepia Shearing coat, Continental Airlines tickets, a week at a Stratton, Vt., townhouse, a David Saity Squash Blossom necklace and earrings and New York Giants tickets, which alone raised more than $10,000.
The foundation, which was established by Bruce and Nancy McGaw in 1992, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the care, cure and prevention of AIDS. Each year, the foundation hosts a gala fundraising event for those in the arts industry in hopes of raising awareness and funds for the many organizations the foundation supports. Since its inception, the McGaw Foundation has disbursed $650,000 to qualified nonprofit organizations across the country that run innovative care, prevention and cure programs. These organizations are characteristically grassroots in nature, and several have provided a model for care that others have emulated.
In addition to the foundation’s yearly gala, principal funding comes from the McGaw Foundation Publishing Program. Participating artists waive their royalties and the printing, cataloging and distribution is generously donated by publishers so the entire wholesale proceeds of these images can be given to the foundation.
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