Xavier to Auction Art to Benefit Darfur

April 14, 2010

On Thursday, April 22, 2010 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Clock Tower Lounge of the Gallagher Student Center on the Xavier University campus, the Pi Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho, Xavier’s African Student Association, Xavier’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement and Xavier’s Department of Art will host an art auction. Proceeds will benefit HIAS’ (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) work to provide healthcare, shelter, and rehabilitative services to Darfur refugees in Chad. Xavier Chief of Police Mike Couch, also a licensed auctioneer, will preside. While auction admission is free, donations and frequent bidding are highly encouraged. The public is welcome and reservations are not necessary.

“An historically Black sonority and the African student society are using the vehicle of the auction to raise funds for a historically Jewish refugee organization that will spend every penny helping Muslim refugees from Darfur,” says Rabbi Abie Ingber, founding director of Xavier’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement. “In a world as fractured as ours that is a point of great significance.”

The auction will feature a variety of art genres and media, many of which center on an African theme. But there will be glassware, pottery, and other genres. A preview mixer will begin at 4:30 and refreshments will be available. A winner and runners-up of African-themed art competition will be recognized.

This is the latest in a number of efforts to provide aid in Africa. In April of 2008, Xavier’s Black Student Association and Department of Art raised $2,000 to fund a full year of study for two victims of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. The donation was made to Orphans of Rwanda International, a non-profit organization providing educational opportunities to genocide victims. In March, 2009, Rabbi Abie Ingber, traveled to Darfur with HIAS president Gideon Aronoff. The photographs he took and those taken by the refugees themselves have been exhibited widely.