CIA silent auction for Aids foundation

POSTED: 06/18/13 11:51 AM

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CIA-students donate the proceeds of their action to Rae Merlet. Photo contributed

St. Maarten – The Community Club at the Caribbean International Academy (CIA) presented to the St. Maarten Aids Foundation with $2,300, 100% of the proceeds from a silent art auction that was held recently at the Greenhouse in Simpson Bay. The auction boasted of artwork donated by both professional artists and students from the school, along with pieces of chocolate “art” donated by the Belgian Chocolate Box, pieces of Jewelry by Zdenka Kiric and Delphine Smith, as well as a handbag by Lisa of Blooming Baskets. In particular, the auction featured original paintings by some of the premier professional artists on the island such as Patty Meotti, Fay Hefler, NormaTrimborn, Lucia Trifan, Alessandra Fiorillo and Stephanie Tihanyi. The proceeds also included a percentage of red drinks from the Greenhouse Bar. The auction was heavily promoted by student volunteers in the days prior to the event.

“We are extremely pleased with how well executed the auction was”, Rae Merlet, the Executive Director at the AIDS Foundation said in a press release. “We are very honored and thankful that they chose to hold the auction for our benefit and we thank the artists, the CIA community and everyone else who came to support the effort. Proceeds will be used to introduce a Booster Initiatives to our popular Girl Power program at all the secondary schools, revisiting girls before they leave school in order to reinforce our messages of self-worth, long-term goals, and healthy lifestyles”.

The Community Club and the auction were led by a core team of three students, Nina Manley, Donna He and William Rubini, all 10th graders at CIA. “The best part of the experience was seeing all the hard work paid off”, Manley said. “I’m glad that we were able to do this for a good local cause.”

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