By Matthew Guerry
Photography: Catherine Palladino
Persad Center hosted its annual Art for Change auction at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, where nearly 1,000 guests gathered to bid on works of art donated by regional and national artists alike. As the Persad Center’s premier fundraising event, Art for Change has raised millions of dollars for the Center’s services to the LGBTQ community over the years. The auction is supported by title sponsor, UPMC, and signature sponsor, PNC, as well as hundreds of different artists, collectors, and galleries. Prior to the auction, approximately 300 guests attended a special VIP reception that featured performances from local jazz artists Michele Bensen and Max Leake. The cast of the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School’s production of “Aida” kicked off the live auction, which was led by auctioneer Trip Kline. The bidding on works of art by Duane Michals, Baron Batch, Scott Roller, Ben Matthews, Michael Lotenero, Vanessa German, and more raised $36,000! Hungry after collecting all of that art, guests enjoyed the serving stations set up by more than a dozen local caterers and restaurants. Dining selections included crostini from E2, veggie quesadillas from Social at Bakery Square, mini sliders from Harris Grill, pasta from Legume Bistro, and a wide array of desserts from Giant Eagle Market District. Together, the evening’s silent and live-bid auctions raised over $250,000 total for the Persad Center’s Free Care Fund!