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ART FOR LIFE is the longest running, biennial fundraising gala benefitting Equitas Health (AIDS Resource Center Ohio [ARC Ohio]). This year we have joined forces with the Pizzuti Collection and the Columbus Museum of Art to create broader visibility of featured artists, as well as provide access to regional and national art collectors.
Beginning in 1989, Art for Life was created by local artists and donors who believed there was a need for an event of this caliber to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS services in our community. The first Art for Life was held August 5, 1989 at the Battleship Building in the Short North with 58 artists participating and 115 pieces to be auctioned, including famous memorabilia. The event, currently the largest charity art auction in central Ohio and among the largest in the Midwest, includes a live and a silent auction.
Over the past 27 years, Art for Life has raised nearly $2.5 million, with the 2014 event raising $514,000. Primarily benefitting Equitas Health, this year a portion of the art sales will support the Pizzuti Collections community based educational programs. Art for Life enables Equitas Health to continue providing comprehensive medical care, pharmacy services, case management, housing, HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, prevention education, linkage to care and advocacy statewide.
Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio) is a not-for-profit community-based healthcare system founded in 1984. Its expanded mission will make it one of the nations largest HIV/lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) healthcare organizations.
A great dane rescue in Southern Ohio.
We addopted Georgie in January 2009. She was 1 year old at the time.
Georgie is a big girl and thinks she is a lap dog.
Professional photography service for all your needs.
I used them to photograph our Wedding. The photos are incredible. The captured the essence and beauty of the day.
Nichole and Deron were very easy to work with and we had a lot of fun together.
I highly recommend them and will be using them again soon.
Pets without Parents rescues dogs and cats from local human societies and dog pounds when their time is up.
This is where we adopted Doogie (Duke) in 2006 when he was only 2 month old.
Phillip Chester was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. After high school he was accepted into Capital Universitys music program. Shortly after realizing that wasnt his calling, he left Capital and joined the United States Army. It was during his first deployment to Afghanistan in 2006 where he found his passion for photography. While taking photos of everything he saw and documenting his life with the U.S. Special Forces, National Geographic filmed a documentary on his camp and used a large number of his photos to promote their documentary Inside The Green Berets which aired on the National Geographic Channel that year. He deployed once more, that time to Iraq for 15 months in 2007.
Phillip currently works as a freelance wedding/portrait photographer and film maker. One of his most recent accomplishments was working as a photographer/ videographer shooting the documentary Through The Roof. The documentary took the first female paraplegic to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Phillips love for community shows in his work, fulfilling his passion to tell peoples stories through art.