It’s always charity event season here in Miami and as an artist, I receive dozens of requests from all over the country to donate art or my handbags to all kinds of worthy causes. I’ve become much more selective over the years after experiencing a variety of unprofessional situations and attitudes. It makes a tremendous difference when the organization is professional and shows their appreciation for the time, materials and creativity an artist puts into a work of art. The official letter thanking each donor for their contribution is pretty standard and it makes a great impression when I am also invited to be a guest at the event, but getting personally introduced to the winning bidder creates the most rewarding experience of all because charity event patrons often become collectors of the artist and look forward to seeing more of their art at future events.
This is a major benefit of the dynamics of cultivating donors and collectors. It’s about building relationships and communities. It is about everyone winning on all levels. The charity raises money to support their projects, the patron not only buys the painting that generates the sale, they get something unique and beautiful for their home or office and the artist gets recognition and ideally, a new collector.
When I think about my Orchid Angel I often wonder where if she is hanging on someone’s wall that truly appreciates her nurturing, peaceful energy. I hope so. On the other hand, she could be stuffed into a storage closet with unsold auction items. If that’s the case, I’d love to reclaim her!
This month, you have 2 opportunities to mingle with friends, make a contribution to an outstanding charity and possibly take home a Cortese Design Bag! Women’s Fund of Miami, Power of the Purse
On Friday, March 23rd, you can bid on a “White Orchid Diamonds” Deluxe Tote Bag at the annual Women’s Fund of Miami, Power of the Purse event held at the Hilton Miami Downtown.
Get your Power of the Purse tickets HERE.
A Night In Bollywood
On Saturday, March 24th, attendees at “A Night In Bollywood” the annual Fun-Raiser for Sunil’s Home Orphanage in Coral Gables, Florida can bid on a one-of-a-kind, Deluxe Travel Tote Bag featuring Debra Cortese’s “Art Deco Pink Flamingos with a handcrafted Swarovski Crystal Elements floral accessory.
For information on a custom design for your business or special event, contact Debra HERE.
The White Orchid Diamonds bag is also available HERE and a portion of each sale will be donated to the Women’s Fund of Miami.
The 2011 custom designed bags for Sunil’s Home Orphanage are available HERE and a portion of each sale of these bags will be donated to Sunil’s.
Bollywood on Youtube:
I’m thoroughly into the vortex/aligned with my muse/in the flow when I’m creating
custom designs that will ultimately benefit children, animals and our environment.
That said, shown here are my newest designs for Sunil’s Home Orphanage.
Nature’s Energy ‘Lilac, Lotus, Lilies’ design in spring greens and lavenders and ‘The Children’ are both exclusively designed for Coral Gables’ most exotic,
over-the-top, fundraising event of the year – “A Night In Bollywood”!
The hosts of this annual event, Matthew Meehan and Rod Hildebrant go all out
to present a fabulous night of glamour, fine dining, and spectacular entertainment!
Last year’s Bollywood featured exotic animals, a colorful variety of talented dancers,
acrobats, silent and live auctions with everything from handbags(shameless plug here)
to private dinner parties to a vacation villa in Tuscany .
Tickets for the March 26th BOLLYWOOD event are available at this link and,
I can guarantee… you will be delightfully entertained!
Article on Gables Home Page:Coral Gables business woman pursues a
labor of love for orphans. Lynn Bauer devotes countless hours to helping youngsters in southern India.
UPDATE: The Custom Design Bags for Sunil’s Home Orphanage of India are
available online and a portion of all sales will be donated to Sunil’s Home Orphanage.
Here’s the page: http://www.cortesedesignbags.com/sunilshomeorphanage.html
Contact me to discuss a custom designed bag for your business, organization or fundraising event. I’m especially fond of creating designs that benefit children, animals and our environment 🙂