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4th Annual Chicago Kustom Kulture Charity Art Auction Another Great Success

Mark Wetterau, GSFF Chairman (center, holding plaque), receiving a special custom artwork from Bob Behounek, Chicago Brushmaster co-founder (center, left), and some of the Brushmaster artists. Also in attendance were Paul Sestak, Oak Brook Foundation Chair (left of Bob),  and Chuck Browne, GSFF Executive Director (far left, back)

Mark Wetterau, GSFF Chairman (center, holding plaque), receiving a special custom artwork from Bob Behounek, Chicago Brushmaster co-founder (center, left), and some of the Brushmaster artists. Also in attendance were Paul Sestak, Oak Brook Foundation Chair (left of Bob), and Chuck Browne, GSFF Executive Director (far left, back)

The GSF Foundation recently sponsored the Fourth Annual Kustom Kulture Charity Automotive Art Auction to support the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House in downtown Chicago. $51,500 was raised during the three-day event held March 4-6 in conjunction with the World of Wheels Custom Car Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

“Many thanks to Mark Wetterau and Chuck Browne for helping to make this show possible,” lauded Paul Sestak, Oak Brook Foundation Chair. “We started with a hope and a dream and this amazing group of custom car artists have raised $210,000 in the four years this art auction has been held. This could not have been possible without the generous sup- port of Mark and Chuck who are both car guys! It was great to see the GSF Foundation’s contribution of time, talent and treasure. This event exemplifies the power of the Creed and Values that make GSF such a special place to work.”

Assembled together at the Kustom Kulture Auction were over 100 of the most accomplished automotive artists from the U.S. and Canada in association with the Chicago Brush- Masters Automotive Artists for Charity organization. “Tiki, Hut, Surf and Sand” was the theme, and a vast array of motor-sports and Chicago-themed artworks were auctioned off, including customized hot rod and race car body panels, drag helmets, guitars, motorcycle tanks, signs, auto racing memorabilia, guitars and hot rod artifacts. Every cent raised by the auction goes to support the largest Ronald McDonald House, Lurie Children’s RMH, currently under construction in downtown Chicago.

The value of the great teamwork between the GSFF, the artists and the Ronald McDonald House Charities was highlighted when the Williams Family stopped by to share their story and to offer thanks. Their young daughter, Haylee, needed treatment at Hope Children’s Hospital (Oak Lawn, Ill.) and they found respite in the ‘BrushMasters Room’ at the Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn, which was dedicated in honor of the $58,000 donation the Chicago BrushMasters raised at their January 2008 art auction. This was a humbling reminder that events like the Kustom Kulture Auction help to keep families like Haylee’s together during critical times. Hats off to everyone involved in the Kustom Kulture Charity Auction for making a difference in the lives of children and their families in need.