After this art auction, you’ll go home with an empty wallet and a big smile on your face. The warm fuzzy feeling in your heart won’t just be from the wine, or from carrying away the terrific art you picked up. You will have helped local folks living with HIV continue to thrive in their loving transitional home, the House of Hesed.
Comedian Big Daddy Taz is the lead auctioneer who makes picking your pockets completely painless on Wed. Mar. 4 at the Provencher Community Church.
Little Drummer Boy Youtube sensation Sean Quigley will also be there with the band, Bold as Lions.
AIDS is anything but a laughing matter, and since the original panic subsided, you may be surprised to know that in the Winnipeg region alone, there are about 1200 people living with the disease (2013 stats). Many people are still unaware of their health status.
Maureen “Moe” Feakes runs the “house” and everyday practices the art of lovingkindness to those living with HIV. It’s been home to over 80 residents since 1997, giving them an environment where they are accepted no matter where they come from or what their beliefs are.
Feakes was motivated to start the home when one of her closest friends died of AIDS in 1992, and she was there as he took his last breath.
Appalled at the housing conditions for AIDS patients, and despite being a single mother with no money, Feakes was determined to help build a community that would surround these abandoned people with the love and mercy of Hesed, the Hebrew word for mercy used in the Bible. Some fellow Christians helped Feakes get her start, and since then, her enthusiastic team has grown miraculously.
Since the government does not support this service, the home relies on donations and grants from generous supporters.
The House of Hesed has continued to radiate lavish, unconditional love to all those who come into contact with Moe Feakes and her team. It’s no wonder that so many volunteers and financial supporters have formed a circle around her to provide multiple fundraising events such as World AIDS Day concerts, dessert evenings, “Wang Dang Doodle” extravaganzas, annual (sold out) dinner theatre and art auctions.
Many talented local artists have donated their work to this cause, and this evening will guarantee your laughter, good cheer and generosity will be helping those in need.
See the poster below for details.