2011 Vesalius Trust tablecloth auction
EVENT DATE: Jul 21, 2011
DEADLINE TO GIVE: Jul 21, 2011
FUNDRAISER SET UP DEADLINE: Jul 21, 2011
As the AMI celebrates the beginnings of medical illustration, the Vesalius Trust looks back also and celebrates one of the most memorable first live auction events. Many years ago, in Norfolk, Virginia, Alan Cole, Carol Donner and Jack Desley were seated together during an AMI banquet and started doodling – on the tablecloth! The hotel staff were not amused and Peggy Henry offered to buy the tablecloth and offered it to Don Biggerstaff for the upcoming live auction. The doodling was highly prized and the bidding was fast and furious with ever increasing dollar amounts offered to own the prize, in fact the result was shared custody between the two last bidders. Much fun was had by all, creating, admiring and sharing procession of the prized linen. We look back to that treasured memory and hope to recreate the collaborative process and creativity of that event at the Vesalius Trust event on Thursday, July 21st. This year, six captains have been volunteered to lead six teams in creating their own tablecloth. All are invited to join a team, each team will pay a fee of $500 to participate and each team member is encouraged to obtain sponsors prior to the event, the team with the highest pre-competition sponsorship amount will win a special prize. All the materials will be provided by the Vesalius Trust, the teams bring their plan to create the best tablecloth design in the time allotted that evening (approximately one hour). The teams can solicit voting dollars to win the prize of best tablecloth that evening – another team prize will be awarded for this honor. At the end of the evening, the actual tablecloths will be auctioned off for a lucky winner to take home as a cherished linen.