By Joshua Bozin
Entirely East Lansing staff writer
EAST LANSING, Mich. — On Nov. 1, the Hotel Marriott in East Lansing will host to an auction to raise vital funds for the Sparrow Hospital to help establish hospice capability for children in mid-Michigan.
The event, called the “Art for Charlie” auction, is inspired by 2-year-old Charlie Waller, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem cancer that affects young children.
Since being diagnosed, Charlie and his family have received tremendous support from citizens in East Lansing and Michigan, and friends and neighbors of the Waller family have organized a website to raise funds for Charlie, under the name of friendsofcharlie.com
Project director Richard Graham-Yool, says that an event held for Charlie in 2011 at Dublin’s Square was a great success, but this year’s will be bigger and better.
“We raised $14,000 last year for the Waller family, but are hoping to raise at least three times the amount raised in 2011. The event is held at a more prestigious location and a lot of preparation and organization has gone into this event,” Graham-Yooll said.
Ticket prices for the auction are $25 for students and $35 for the general public. The auction will feature artworks contributed by world-renown artists, as well as local artists in Michigan. There will also be the opportunity to bid for items such as wine selections, concert tickets, vouchers and much more.
Pre-medical student Matthew Simpson says that events like “Art for Charlie” are great in promoting awareness of cancer and in helping to find cures.
“My brother and my father are both involved in cancer treatment and research at Karmanos Cancer Institute, so I really do believe events like these are fundamental in order to provide care and help for people who face this difficult situation,” Simpson said.
The event begins at 6 p.m. and every ticket includes refreshments. For information, visit www.artforcharlie.com.