Courage Unmasked (ALMOST SOLD OUT)– A Unique Art Auction Gala
Wednesday, September 9, 2009 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
We are excited to announce that we are near capacity for this event and online sales have now ended. You may still purchase your tickets at the door, so we hope to see you there!
Courage Unmasked | A Unique Art Auction Gala
Help for Head and Neck Cancer | 911.4 .HNC
Sponsored by the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016
Please join us at the first annual Courage Unmasked event to raise money and awareness for head and neck cancer (HNC).
111 artists applied time, talent, and care—to create unique masterpieces from radiation masks formerly worn by HNC patients. (view invite with Artist list @ www.courageunmasked.org/gala.php)
The gala event will feature both a silent and live auction of these magnificent pieces along with the film debut Courage Unmasked: Giving A Voice to the Oral Cancer Survivors by Fulvia Musti Ciarla.
Wine reception, light fare, and dessert. Tickets in advance: $75 single, $125 pair. Free parking.
All monies from mask sales and admission will fund 911.4 .HNC— dedicated to helping those in financial need during and after treatment.
Mistress Of Ceremonies:Maureen Bunyan, a veteran television news broadcaster and a
primary anchor for ABC 7. Ms. Bunyan anchors the 6 p.m. weeknight
Event Chair: Cookie Kerxton, HNC Survivor
Co-Chair: Carol Kanga, HNC Survivor
Medical Steering Committee
Gopal K. Bajaj M.D.
Shanti Marur M.D.
Alexander Spira M.D.
Arlene Forastiere M.D.
Sandeep Khandhar M.D.
Pattie Lee M.D.
Patrick Byrne M.D.
Joyce Hair M.D.
Lisa Sklar M.D.
Peter and Shelly Berman
John and Barbara Bloomfield
Colleen and Steve Cohen
Susan Fulton Vicki and Leon Forman
Lee and Susan Fritschler
Carol Brown Goldberg
Willi Colino Goodman
Jane and Joel Greenstein
Leslie and Alan Kerxton
Robert and Jill Kerxton
Marge and Shelly London
Barbara and Jerry Shapiro
George and Hazel Solomon
Sally and David Sternbach
Charlie and Anita Stopak
When & Where
On September 9, 2009, the American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center will host a totally unique fundraiser called "Courage Unmasked." More than 100 artists from all over the country are creating fine art by transforming radiation masks formerly worn by head and neck cancer (HNC) patients to position and immobilize their heads during treatment.
It was during one such treatment session that this idea came to a patient, Cookie Kerxton, also an artist, who wanted to find a way to ease the financial burden on other HNC patients who cannot afford this expensive, grueling, but necessary radiation. The artist's colleagues and doctors quickly endorsed the idea of auctioning the artworks at a gala event, and proceeds will go into the charity fund, dedicated to "help for HNC patients"—which explains the auction's tag line: 911 4 HNC. Donating their time, talent, and caring, the 100+ artists are creating magnificent masterpieces, unlike any other visual art you've seen before.
"Courage Unmasked" auction directors anticipate over 500 gala participants to launch the success of "Courage Unmasked," sponsored by the 501(c)3 National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.