Announcing a Ukraine Fundraiser > American Artists for Ukraine’s Children: A Virtual Benefit Auction for OHMATDYT, Ukraine’s Largest Children’s Hospital
From the organizers:
More than 35 distinguished American artists have donated a master work for a virtual benefit auction in collaboration with United Help Ukraine to benefit Ohmatdyt, Ukraine’s premier children’s hospital in the Ukrainian capital city, Kyiv.
Ohmatdyt is now taking the overwhelming numbers of patients from hospitals (over 120) and medical facilities (over 740) that have been destroyed in combat zones and where medical staff have been killed. Hosted by United Help Ukraine and Bidsquare, and organized by American artists Robert Johnson and Martin Galbut, this event will raise funds to help Ohmatdyt hospital pay for critical medical equipment and supplies.
Inspired at first glance of the famous photo of Denys Karachevtsev playing the cello in the ruins of Kharkiv, Robert Johnson decided to act. “If the cellist could offer his art for the people of Ukraine, perhaps we as American artists, can offer our art also,” stated Johnson.
“Artists have an acute sense of right and wrong,” stated Vlad Ovchynnikov, Board Member of United Help Ukraine. “They are often able to draw attention to suffering and injustice better than a spoken word can. Be it Goya’s ‘The Third of May’ or Picasso’s ‘Guernica’, there is a long history of artists bringing awareness to the horrors of war and raising funds for relief efforts. United Help Ukraine is honored to partner with artists Robert Johnson, Martin Galbut, and Bidsquare in organizing this event. We are grateful to the artists who contributed their amazing works and hope these works bring joy to art lovers. We are confident the proceeds will give a vital boost to Okhmatdyt hospital.”
At Ohmatdyt, critically ill children including oncology patients, newborns, and neurosurgery patients are now forced to continue treatment in hospital basements. The Okhmatdyt medical team has been working amid constant air raid sirens, shell bombings, explosions, air strikes, even a fire – performing extremely complex surgeries in makeshift basement operating rooms. Children on life support devices cannot be transported to the bomb shelter at even greater risk of death now.
“We value the support of the international community of artists, this is a wonderful initiative,” stated Yevgen Vember, Chairman of the Board of the Okhmadyt Fund. “Ukrainian children go through unbelievably hard times, they need more care than ever before. The funds raised in this auction will allow us to buy medical equipment that help save children’s lives. We are sincerely grateful for your attention to Ukrainian children at this time.”
“Bidsquare is thrilled to partner with United Help Ukraine to support Ohmatdyt, and to see our platform being leveraged to give back and support relief efforts,” said Allis Ghim, CEO of Bidsquare. “We are proud to support these important international efforts by providing an online platform to help raise funds and promoting artworks donated by distinguished artists while raising awareness of the critical needs of the hospital.”
Open bidding runs on Bidsquare.com through September 28, 2022 (concluding at 9pm EST). There are 45 artworks up for auction, including sculpture and oil paintings from artists such as David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Ray Kaskey, Scott Burdick, and Stephanie Birdsall.
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