Best Buddies Art + Friendship Auction
December 3rd, 2013
November 2013—Best Buddies International and The Brant Foundation presented the Best Buddies Art + Friendship Auction to benefit the programs of Best Buddies, a not-for-profit dedicated to providing opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The evening was hosted by Stephanie Seymour & Peter Brant and Alina & Anthony K. Shriver and featured a live art auction to launch the week of events in Miami Beach with a curated selection of works from leading contemporary artists.
The Best Buddies Art + Friendship Auction included works by David Altmejd, Carol Bove, Joe Bradley, Romero Britto, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Dan Colen, Patrick Demarchelier, Urs Fischer, Jonathan Horowitz, Karen Kilimnik, Glenn Ligon, Nate Lowman, Enoc Perez, Rob Pruitt, David Salle, Julian Schnabel, Tony Shafrazi, Steven Shearer, Josh Smith, and Oscar Tuazon.
The charity auction successfully raised nearly $1 Million for the charity.
About Best Buddies International:
Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,700 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies’ eight formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies®, Jobs, Ambassadors, and Promoters — engage participants in each of the 50 states and in over 50 countries, positively impacting the lives of more than 800,000 people with and without disabilities around the world. In many cases, as a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships.
We are thrilled to be partnering with The Brant Foundation and are grateful to the artists and galleries that have generously donated amazing works of art to support our special friends. It is both humbling and inspiring to see some of the most successful artists of our day dedicate their time and talent to benefit our participants.
– Anthony K. Shriver, Founder and Chairman of Best Buddies International