Sundari Foundation, 4th Annual Contemporary Art Auction 11/8/08

Sundari Foundation, Inc. & Martin Z. Margulies Family Foundation
Host 4th Annual Contemporary Art Auction
Benefiting Lotus House Women’s Shelter
Date: November 8, 2008
Place: Margulies Warehouse
591 NW 27 ST
Miami, Fl. 33149
To see donated art or purchase tickets go to www.lotushouseshelter.org
Tel: 305.365.2478
Fax: 305.365.3887

Andy Warhol’s iconic Pop Art Campbell’s soup can is the inspiration behind the 4th Annual Contemporary Art Auction and Dinner to be held November 8th, 2008 at the Margulies Art warehouse to benefit the Lotus House Women’s Shelter www.lotushouseshelter.org and other initiatives of The Sundari Foundation, Inc.
Inspired by the well known work of art, this year’s event will feature a Pop Art, l960’s “soup kitchen” with an upscale twist. Art enthusiasts are invited to step back in time to the l960’s when social cause and commentary mixed with classic Americana to give birth to the contemporary Pop Art Movement, launching today’s astronomical contemporary art market and Warhol’s reputation as the most-renowned American pop artist.

Featuring an exciting culinary adventure amidst the extraordinary sculpture exhibition of the Margulies Art Warehouse, the auction will highlight contemporary artworks donated by prominent artists from around the world to benefit the Lotus House Women’s Shelter.

“We have once again been blessed by the amazing generosity of internationally recognized artists from around the world, such as Cindy Sherman, James Rosenquist, Magdalena Abakanowicz and Stephen Shore to name just a few,” says Constance Margulies, Sundari Foundation president.

The Sundari Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, non-denominational, public charity dedicated to promoting the education, advancement and social inclusion of poor, disadvantaged and homeless women and children. The Sundari Foundation founded Lotus House in 2006 as a prototype resource center and transitional housing facility for homeless women in the heart of the historic African American district of Overtown, one of Miami’s poorest neighborhoods. Unique in Miami-Dade County, Lotus House includes a special wing for pregnant homeless women and their infants, with a full range of support services.

The Lotus House serves women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, whether due to domestic violence, untreated mental illness, medical crisis, disabilities, loss of employment, or other economic reasons. Women come to the Lotus House by word of mouth and referral from temporary shelters, safe houses, rehab centers, hospitals, and straight off the streets. The Lotus House provides free housing for up to a year for women and their infants, meals, clothing and other basic human services. The shelter provides access to a wide range of support services and resources such as individual and group counseling, medical and mental healthy care, social services advocacy, job training and placement day care, housings assistance and post-exit follow-up.

“At least half of the funding needed to operate the shelter in the coming year is raised on the night of the annual gala, so we are hoping, especially in these difficult economic times, that our community will come together to support those in need and truly make a difference,” says Margulies.

Christies of New York and Miami will serve as auctioneers. Sponsors include Christies, Black Rock and Art Miami www.art-miami, the city’s long running contemporary art fair, AXA Art Insurance, Don and Audre Carlin, Bank of America, Singer Xenos Wealth Management, and Louis Wolfson III/Pinnacle Housing.

To see the event catalogue and donated artwork and for more information please visit www.lotushouseshelter.org. Tickets are $1000, $500 and $250. A private champagne reception begins at 6:30 pm for tickets at the $500 and $1000 levels. The dinner and auction start at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased on line www.lotushouseshelter.org or for more information please call 305.365.2478 or email outreach@lotushouseshelter.org.

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