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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Billy Porter Chairs Annual PERSAD Art Auction on Monday

Posted By on Thu, May 8, 2014 at 12:03 PM

On Monday, UPMC hosts the 26th annual Art for Change auction, with proceeds benefiting co-presenter the Persad Center.

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The auction will feature more than 200 works of art, including pieces by both local and national artists, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, jewelry and even an original portrait of Pee Wee Herman (pictured) by esteemed fashion photographer Herb Ritts. All of these pieces will be available for the public to purchase through both silent and live auctions.

The auction also marks Tony Award-winner and Pittsburgh native Billy Porter’s latest return to his hometown; in the past, the Kinky Boots star has delivered lectures at his alma mater Carnegie Mellon University, and attended the local christening ceremonies for his namesake sandwich (fried kielbasa, cole slaw, french fries and tomatoes, guess where from) and city-council-designated tribute day (Oct. 1, to be exact).

He’s serving as honorary chair for Art for Change, continuing his advocacy for LGBTQ and HIV+ communities.

The auction is at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh, 600 Commonwealth Pl., Downtown. General admission tickets are $85, and VIP tickets are $185, and are available here.

The Persad Center is a service organization, whose mission is to improve the well-being of the LBBTQ and HIV+ communities in Western Pennsylvania.

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