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Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center to Auction Off Norman Rockwell Litho


A signed and numbered lithograph of Norman Rockwell's Bedside Manner (Boy and Sick Puppy), first seen on the cover of the March 10, 1923 Saturday Evening Post, has been donated to the Foothill Unity Center Golden Plate Awards auction. The benefit evening will be held on Saturday, April 26, at the Trinity Ballroom in Pasadena.

The framed 38" x 33" lithograph features the printed facsimile signature, lower right, and the Norman Rockwell Authorized Estate blind-stamp gold seal, lower left. It is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. "We are so grateful to the donor of this beautiful artwork, Laurie Orvis, a relatively new Center volunteer, for her generosity," said Center Executive Director Betty McWilliams. "The work will be one of the key highlights of the auction, and add significantly to the total proceeds for this event - our only major fundraiser of the year."

Up to 400 guests are expected for the Fabulous '50s themed event, which will feature a showing of classic '50s cars from Street Rods Forever, jukebox music, silent and live auctions and more. The evening will honor four recipients with Golden Plate Awards: Cynthia Kurtz, president and chief executive officer of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership (Heart in Hand Humanitarian); Sierra Madre fundraiser Colleen McEvoy (Neighbors Helping Neighbors/Volunteer); Simplicity Bank (Neighbors Helping Neighbors/Corporate); and a consortium of four local Jewish organizations, Temple Beth David, Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, Weizmann Day School and Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valley (Neighbors Helping Neighbors/Faith Based).

Tickets to the Golden Plate Awards are $150. Sponsorship opportunities start at $2,000, with special recognitions including ads in the Tribute Program. Ads may also be purchased separately, starting with a $200 business card size. Donations to the silent and live auctions valued at $100 or more will be acknowledged in the program. For more information, visit www.foothillunitycenter.org.

Source: Foothill Unity Center press release

- Brad Haugaard

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