Arts Alive Banner Auction Raised $20K

This post was written by Valerie on May 24, 2012
Posted Under: Grandma Quotes

Arts Alive Banners Made 20K

The auction took place on May 20th at the Cardiff Town Center as the banners were auctioned off and raised a whopping twenty thousand dollars with nearly all of the 98 banners sold. The most touching moment was the speech by Ian Houlihan in honor of his deceased wife and Arts Mentor and former Mayor/council woman of Encinitas Maggie Houlihan. The contest started off with some controversy after all the banners distributed to the artists had Maggie’s picture honoring her and her recent passing this last September of cancer. The council lost in the battle of removing Maggie’s tribute after enough citizens complained and lawyers determined there was no laws broken by the honor for Maggie.

The money raised by the Encinitas Artist’s Colonoy 101 brought in seven thousand more dollars than the prior year. Many of the artists had painted Maggie on the front of their banner to honor her and all the great work she did in helping the arts and her love of animals.

Many of the artists donated their share to Maggie’s favorite charities. So it was only fitting that Ian, Maggie’s husband, was given the honor of unveiling a new banner emblazoned with Maggie’s image. Maggie’s other charitesĀ were the Rancho Coastal Humane Society, the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito and Baja dog rescue.

Maggie is looking down smiling. That’s what I believe. Thank you to all those incredible people who purchased the banners!!


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