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Art Auction enters 21st year supporting Bangladesh kids

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- The 21st Annual For Kids' Sake Art Auction is underway in Carbondale, with more than 200 pieces up for bid.

Organizers say the auction is growing every year with its efforts benefitting orphans and students in Bangladesh.

The Community-wide event moved online last year because of the pandemic, now shipping art supplies to participants and placing the finished pieces online for sale. The variety of events leading up to-and after the auction, normally brings young, local artists to workshops in the Fall to create those pieces for the benefit.

Organizers call it, "Kids helping kids."

The online move does allows for a bigger audience to participate, says Assistant Director Ryan Edwards. It allows out-of-town grandparents and friends to bid on pieces which before, required a stop into the Longbranch Café & Bakery to write those bids down.

Select pieces from this year's auction are available for viewing at the Café, with quick links to view the latest bids online.

"A little bit of fundraising effort here in Southern Illinois just makes an astronomical difference in Bangladesh," says Edwards. "For instance, if you bid on a $50 piece, your honoring a local artist, a kid artist can see, 'like wow, my piece was bought,' you're also providing enough money to support a kid in Bangladesh for an entire month.

Bidding goes until the end of the month. Many of the pieces are sponsored with matched bidding that doubles the fundraising values. You can view the more than 200 pieces here, and place your bid to support the efforts of "kids helping kids."

Joe Rehana

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