Last week, the Golden State Foods Foundation proudly sponsored the Second Annual Kustom Kulture Charity Art Auction in Chicago. This auction bridged the gap of technology and the talented artisans who created the designs. With the use of paintbrushes and skill, artists created custom designs unlike anything seen before. The designs were auctioned during the second Annual Chicago Brushmaster’s event at the World of Wheels Show held January 23-25, at McCormick Place in Chicago. All proceeds benefit the newly constructed Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL.
Assembled all together were 40 of the most accomplished automotive artists from the Midwest. “Chicago Style” art forms included a vast array of pinstriped motor-sports and Chicago themed artwork, including artwork on Hot Rod and Race car body panels, drag helmets, guitars, motorcycle tanks, unique panel art, signs, panels, auto racing memorabilia, guitars, signs, cars, and hot rod artifacts.
$52,000 was raised during the two day event. Many at the Ronald House were so touched by the generosity and service felt by Chicago Brushmaster’s that day that a sleep room was dedicated in honor of them at the House.
GSF also played a special role in helping make the Ronald McDonald House feel like a home. The Foundation donated the “Strawberry Shortcake” mini hood to be placed in a playroom at the house. Children who have loved ones in the hospital will be able to unwind from a long day and enjoy the playroom. Shane Johnson, director of development RMHC-CNI, expressed her gratitude and appreciation for GSF’s array of giving. “Thank you, GSF Foundation, for everything you do each and every day to support RMHC, whether volunteering, bringing in dollars, or attending events,” she said. “Special thanks to Mark Wetterau, Chuck Browne, Paul Sestak and all GSF associates for your enthusiasm and continued support for this event.”
The auction drew in Local celebrities including Ronald McDonald, the Jamestown Sunset Band and Mark Giangreco, ABC-7 sports broadcaster. An auctioned guitar was autographed by hot rod designer and builder, Chip Foose. For the past several years, Chip has hosted the cable TV program, “Overhaulin.”
“The crowd of auto, motorcycle and racing enthusiasts raised their hands high to take home a piece of automotive history,” says Foundation Member, Paul Sestak, “not to mention enjoying the entertainment on stage. Bidders were thrilled to take home a piece of “art history” but felt even better knowing their donation will help change the lives of families served by the new Ronald McDonald House at Hope Children’s Hospital Collaboration, enthusiasm and courage resulted in great work on behalf of children and families in need.”