Deets: LIFT-Los Angeles is non-profit organization helping people to build the foundations they need to permanently lift themselves out of poverty. Navigating complex systems is never easy- especially for someone who is low-income and facing economic hardship. LIFT helps members navigate their way through tough times as they work to strengthen the economic foundations for themselves and their families helping them to overcome future hurdles and achieve their dreams. To raise funds for this invaluable cause, LIFT-Los Angeles is hosting their second annual fundraiser LIFT:Art 2016 on Thursday, February 25thfrom 6:00pm - 10:00pm at Quixote Studios - 1011 N. Fuller Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90046.
"Built on a foundation of care and respect, a hopeful tenacity emerges that allows the member and advocate to craft the plan for a better way. Piece-by-piece they chip away at the blocks in front of them and sculpt new possibilities." - Executive Director, LIFT-LA at LIFT, Michelle Rhone-Collins
With a heavy-hitter list of hosts and top-tier artists gracefully donating valuable pieces of work curated by by Michael Muller; LIFT:Art 2016 will be one not to miss. The host committee includes - Ben & Jaclyn Harper, Vanessa & Steve Alexander, Julie Bergman, Nick Blood, Nancy Ozeas & David Bloom, Chris Collins & Jennifer DeRosa, Marta Ferro, Balthazar and Rosetta Getty, Kendra Cole Hand & Kevin Hand, Chuck James, David Koenig, Naomi & Johnny Knoxville, Michael & Kimberly Muller, Blake & Heather Mycoskie, Emilio Diez Barosso & Alyssa Nobriga, Rachel Rusch, Jacqueline & Dr. Randy Schnitman, Benedikt & Lauren Taschen, Claudia & Rob Taylor, Cash Warren.
Works have been donated for auction by well-known artists - Michael Muller,Michele Antenorcuz, Samaire Armstrong, Gary Baseman, Samuel Bayer, Nick Blood, BRAKHAX2, Jim Britt, Bumblebee Loves You, Scott Caan, Jimmy Chin, Richard Corman, Nina Duncan, JonMarc Edwards, Enrique Escobedo, Shepard Fairey, Daniel Fuller, Patrick Hoelck, Joel Holmberg, Mac James, Sheku Kowai, Dana Louise Kirkpatrick, Stefan Kleinschuster, Steven Lippman, Jeff Lipsky, John Maher, Anthony Mandler, Mike McNeilly, Oscar Meza, Danny Minnick, Geoff Moore, Stephanie Morton, Frank Ockenfels, Hank O'Neal, Nigel Parry, Johnny Rodriguez, Arto Saari, Jeff Soto, Samantha Thomas, Michael Tighe, Thomas Schoos, Gregory Siff, Randall Slavin, Art Streiber, Alison Van Pelt, Sage Vaughn, Nick Walker and Brit Woodward. Featuring donations from the collections of: Weiss Katz Gallery, Guy Starkman, Klaus Moeller, Hank O'Neal, and Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld. Paddle8 has come on to handle the art sales with event production by NightKAP Entertainment, which will include the auction and additional live art-entertainment, cocktails and light refreshment.
LIFT works to break the cycle of poverty for families with children. Families striving for a better economic future need the same types of support we all need in moments of crisis-economic resources, confidence, and social connections-to move off of shaky ground and get ahead. Operating offices in high need communities in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC; LIFT employs a powerful neighbor-to- neighbor volunteer model to support people working to secure a decent job, safe housing, the education they need to advance, or critical social services. Every member gets a team of Advocates who stick with them every step of the way during their journey with LIFT. Advocates are rigorously-trained partners and problem solvers who work side by side to set goals, and make connections to resources to move members'lives forward.
"Poverty is complicated, getting help shouldn't have to be." - Musician, songwriter and LIFT Board Member, Ben Harper
Proceeds from LIFT:Art 2016 will go towards the LIFT-Los Angeles chapter which since conception has put $1.45M wages and benefits back into the pockets of members, has worked with over 3.3K individuals and families on their path out of poverty, and has achieved a 62% success rate of members making extreme progress on obtaining jobs, housing, and other successes.
Who You May Spot: Cash Warren (Host), Naomi & Johnny Knoxville(Host), Michael Muller (Host/Curator), Nick, Gina, & Sasha Cassevetes, Fred Durst, Mena Suvari & Sal Sanchez, Teresa Ruiz, Michael Graziadei, Nick Blood, select participating artists, and LIFT LA supporters.