PRLog - Sep. 18, 2012 - MIAMI -- American Friends of The Bambi Homes Colombia, a non-profit foundation whose main objective is to help underprivileged children from the shantytowns in Colombia, has partnered with the world-renowned Christie's auction house to present an art auction fundraiser on October 25th in Miami's Design District – Be Part Miami 2012. This year’s auction will be the third one hosted by the Foundation in the United States, with the first two having taken place in New York City in 2009 and 2011.
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For over twenty-eight years, Bambi Homes Colombia has provided care for children from zero to six years of age who have been abandoned and physically and/or emotionally abused, and who are malnourished and in need of medical attention. With the guidance and support from Fondation Aide aux Enfants – Foyers Bambi, Geneve-Suisse, the Foundation provides shelter and nourishment, healthcare and education, and love and affection to over seven-hundred-
Be Part Miami 2012 is scheduled to take place from 6:30pm to 9:30pm on Thursday, October 25th at the Moore Building in Miami's Design District. The Auction will feature an exclusive selection of artworks (paintings, drawing, photography and sculptures) donated by Colombian artists.
The selection includes pieces by established artists such as Manuel Hernández, Hugo Zapata, Luis Fernando Peláez, Ana Mercedes Hoyos, Fanny Sanín, Carlos Jacanamijoy, Sara Modiano, John Castles, and María de la Paz Jaramillo, whose works form part of the history of art in Colombia. Other pieces were chosen from mid-career artists like Danilo Dueñas, Juan Fernando Herrán, Ana María Rueda, Carlos Blanco, Carlos Salas, Pedro Ruiz, Federico Uribe, Jaime Franco, Luis Luna, Lina Espinosa, María Fernanda Cardoso, Fernando Uhía, Guillermo Londoño, Francisco Mejía-Guinand, Mónica Meira, Nancy Friedemann and Jaime Ávila, each with his or her own solid, structured vision. Finally, works from a younger emerging generation were included to provide a glimpse of the power and intensity of new tendencies apparent in pieces by artists such as Natalia Castañeda, Esteban Peña, Nicolás Cárdenas, Nohemí Pérez, Máximo Flórez, Diana Drews, Catalina Ortiz, Claudia Hakim, Saúl Sánchez, María Isabel Rueda, Jaime Tarazona, Max Steven Grossmann and Miler Lagos.
Two-hundred guests are expected to attend Be Part Miami 2012 and participate in the live auction of forty-two spectacular works of art ranging in retail value from $3,000 to $30,000. Through the generosity of Colombian and US-based sponsors Grupo Bancolombia, Aviomar, Gas Natural Fenosa, The Constanza Cruz Foundation, Tiffany & Co., ArtNexus, Liaisons Corporation and Miami Design District, guests will be treated to gourmet hors d'oeuvres by Petit Pois, cocktails courtesy of The Dalmore and Mandarine Napoleon and live music by Ed Quintana.
“Our third Auction, this time in Miami, once again is made possible thanks to the wonderful response
from the Colombian artists and many people who have joined this project and accepted to Be Part of it!
All of us, involved in this cause, thank them from the depth of our heart for their great generosity and
support in favour of these poorest of the poor small children and their mothers in Colombia. Each donation will contribute to improve their conditions and give them and their families a hope for a better future,” Hans Rudi Spillmann, President, Help for Children Foundation Geneva-Switzerland (Fondation Aide aux Enfants Genève-Suisse)
About American Friends of The Bambi Homes Colombia
American Friends of the Bambi Homes Colombia is the U.S. affiliate of the Swiss nonprofit organization that supports eight foster homes in Colombia. The first “Bambi” home was founded in 1985 in Cali by Swiss doctor, Rupert Spillman.
Bambi Homes Colombia is a non-profit organization, whose main objective is to help underprivileged children from the shantytowns in Colombia. At the homes, every child receives professional attention from an interdisciplinary group composed of psychologists, social workers, nutritionists, doctors and caregivers, who, after having made an evaluation of the child, start a process based on the assessment of all of the children’s rights: health-survival, education-development, participation and protection. The group periodically measures indicators which reflect a visible change during the time in which the child stays at the Home (approximately one to one and a half years). Once the child goes back to his or her home, a social worker performs monthly check-ups for a period of six months to ensure the child is living under proper conditions.
The social model developed to accomplish the mission is structured under the base of seven Protection Homes located in Bogotá, Cali, Darién, Marinilla and Medellín. Annually, these homes benefit 750 children. In addition, Bambi Homes also works with the family to guarantee sustainability of the actions once the child goes back to his or her home. As soon as the child enters the Bambi Home, their families (mainly composed by females head of households with low or inexistent education levels) also become part of the program.
For additional information, please visit www.bambihomescolombia.org. For Be Part Miami tickets and donation information, please email BePart@LiaisonsCorporation.com.