Many important fundraising events around the world were recently canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are perilous times, not just for charities and the fundraisers they rely upon, but for everyone. Now, more than ever, charitable organizations and nonprofits need the support of the community to help them continue their important work.
Among the events to be postponed in the Coachella Valley was AAP – Food Samaritans’ Evening Under the Stars. AAP provides nutritional support for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses in the Coachella Valley. Evening Under the Stars is our largest fundraiser, and it helps us to provide crucially important food vouchers to our Coachella Valley clients who are struggling to survive.
The risk of exposure to the coronavirus is even more dangerous for our clients who are living with chronic illnesses. As a result, we have begun taking measures such as sending our Stater Bros. food vouchers via certified mail, some being delivered by volunteers and even some volunteers acting as personal shoppers for those who need it. Of course, this means additional expense to us for each client we serve, but we are committed to doing this for as long as necessary to help ensure that everyone is safe.
Since we are unable to hold large-scale fundraising events, we have created a unique opportunity to raise much needed funds and enable the community to continue to support our mission. We are holding a special online auction that will take place June 1-7. The auction will offer an incredible assortment of auction items such as fine artwork consignments, restaurant and hotel packages, unique excursions and much more. We also recently partnered with the Artists Council and its artist members to offer a professionally curated collection of fine art consignments for inclusion in this auction.
The auction is open for preview now through our website, aapfoodsamaritans.org. Bidding will open on Monday, June 1 at 12:15 a.m. PDT and will close on Sunday, June 7, at 5 p.m. PDT. Bidders will be required to register on the secure site which will facilitate payment and provide an option for bidder notifications via text or email. Registered users may then bid on unique auction items, make donations in any amount or participate in AAP’s Jeannette Rockefeller Angel Program.
A few of the highlighted items included in the auction include a private tour of Jay Leno’s famous Big Dog Garage in Burbank, Calif. Generally closed to the public, Jay’s custom-built garage contains his private collection of more than 200 automobiles and motorcycles. Other items include two VIP tickets for The Ellen DeGeneres Show at the Warner Bros. studio in Burbank, a unique collection of 40 original fine artworks by the Artist Council, restaurant and hotel packages and unique excursions. A fine selection of Baccarat crystal will also be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds being donated to AAP.
For more information, call (760) 325-8481. To participate in this event, visit aapfoodsamaritans.org.
We are grateful for the continued community interest about the important work that we do at AAP – Food Samaritans. Please remember to support your favorite local nonprofits, be it AAP or one of the many other important charities during this time of great need. Together we will get through this.
Mark Anton is the executive director and C.E.O. of AAP – Food Samaritans.
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