It was founded in 1988 as the first freestanding HIV/AIDS facility in Canada. The founders of the Casey House wanted to create a place where people with HIV/AIDS would be cared for with dignity and kindness. And they succeeded.
I worked at the Casey House Hospice in downtown Toronto. It all started with writing charitable receipts for donations, and within a few years, I became the Chair of Fundraising, then a Board Member, and finally the President. It was a great experience to help people, providing them with the care and compassion they needed so much.
The charity event I helped to found is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. I couldn't be more thrilled that the idea we believed in twenty years ago lives on. Art with Heart is an annual charity auction of contemporary art held in Toronto, and all the collected funds go to Casey House.
Over the years, Art with Heart has become Casey House's most significant source of non-government funding. Many of the participating artists are already famous, working in museums in Canada and all over the world. This year's collection features work by Angela Leach, David Urban, John Scott, Marcel Dzama, and many other Canada's contemporary artists.
Take a look at what the auction has to offer — you'll surely find something you like. And when you look at the work of art you just bought, it won't be just decoration for your living room, but also a symbol of the compassion and comfort we all need sometimes.