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MOCAD GALA + Art Auction
“This night would not be possible without GM,” John Rakolta told the 145 supporters ($1,000 & up) of the contemporary art museum who were seated for dinner. Co-chair of the fundraiser with his wife, three daughters and their husbands, he was not referring to the fact that the museum is in a former GM car dealership. Rather, he noted GM’s important 50K gift to MOCAD and GM global design chief Ed Welburn’s donation of the new Corvette which three GM designers were turning into a work of art during the cocktail hour.(See Photo Gallery) Watching them paint ,and bidding on the 156 works created by artists from all over the country (see examples of two in the Photo Grallery) had been serious competition before dinner conversation. More than 50 mostly younger art lovers ($250 & $35 ticket) arrived post dinner for the Afterparty and danced to DJ sets by MATTHEW DEAR and WAAJEED until nearly 2 A.M. When the auction bidding closed, 142 lots had been sold, many in online bidding, for nearly $250K. This brought the event total proceeds to nearly $400K.
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