The story behind a special piece of art auctioned at the 4th Annual KKIS Fundraising Auction / Luncheon on March 4, 2015 is remarkable and worth repeating.
Item number 18, the 30 x 38 inch Flower Collage was placed center stage at Wah Wah’s Beach Club on a tall easel so it could be seen by the over 300 people who attended.
Before the bidding began, Juan Carlos Periera, General Secretary of the Solidaridad government spoke to the audience of mostly expatriates, expressing his gratitude that the children of Playa del Carmen have another family to take care of them.
When the time came for the Flower Collage to be auctioned, the auctioneer gave an impassioned plea for the audience to take note of this special piece that “brought together the individuality of 25 children into a community statement of beauty. “
Soon a bidding war broke out. Whether it was the General Secretary’s reminder of the role expats can play, the auctioneer’s impassioned plea or the simple beauty of art created by children, we will never know, but the excitement didn’t stop when the hammer went down.
Wait…what? yes, the winning bidder was donating it back, asking for it to be auctioned AGAIN right then and there! A second bidding war ensued. This time, the winner left with the art under his arm.
The following week, the proud owner of the DIF School Flower Collage brought it to the school and asked the children to sign their individual contributions.
He quietly thanked each of them and went on his way with a big smile on his face.
When the children returned from Spring Break, they found their artwork signed and framed in the reception area of their school. The kind collector gave them something they can be very proud of: their own collective creativity.
This beautiful piece generated record income in support of KKIS’s mission to expand delivery of school supplies to 1000 students this year. Thank you to the artists for their talents, to those who bid and lost and those who bid and won. And a special thank you to the winner who donated this special piece of art back to the DIF school.
KKIS Project Board