Speech – APCR Art Auction “The Giving Tree” January 23, 2014

Mary SchepisiI need to give my thanks and appreciation to the many people who helped Professor Tony Costello and me realize this event.

  1. all the artists who agreed to make work and to donate it to the APCR auction Artists are being asked all the time to give work to various worthy charities. They are notoriously generous and it is because of this that we have agreed to give them a small portion of the price their artwork sells for – back to them. And again I thank them for giving us their time and commitment.
  2. I wish to thank Alex Stitt for not only donating a work of art but for designing the cover of the catalogue and the reminder email. He is always surprising, generous and inspiring.
  3. My favorite Red Hill Wineries, Paringa Estate and Foxy’s Hangout for donating the wine for this event. And Splitrock for always supporting our charity work.
  4. This event would not have happened if it had not been for the support and friendship that I share with Paul Sumner and Mossgreen. Paul is totally committed and generous in sharing his knowledge and expertise in doing an event like this, plus, his faith that we will get the work done to bring it to this stage has been unwavering. Paul and Mossgreen do not take a penny for putting on this exhibition and auction. They are fabulously generous.
  5. Sorry almost finished. James Garland from APCR has been sensational. He arranged the collection of all the art works and managed to get Craig to work on the catalogue and actually get it completed and printed – all during the Christmas break. He never said no it can’t be done – he has just gone ahead and done whatever was necessary …including last minute details.
  6. I have to thank Karl from Mossgreen for his attention to detail.
  7. And Penny Costello. The cheerleader. Penny and Tony had unwavering faith that not only was this a good idea but that we could succeed in raising funds in the hope of finding a cure for Prostate cancer.
  8. And lastly I thank my husband, Fred, for his courage and honesty in dealing with his own fight with Prostate cancer and for being open in helping others deal with it. And his total support and love.

Mary Schepisi

Results of the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Art Auction

it was a wonderful night with great results. The work made and donated for the night was of the highest caliber and looked fantastic. We raised $90,000. with our inaugural auction and that allowed Tony Costello to buy a ‘Tissue Fridge’ (which he really needed) and much more.
The aritsts received 40% of the selling price of their work and many have donated that sum back to the prostate cancer research.
I look forward to planning the next auction which will be in 2015.
thank you everyone for all your support and generosity.

Artists, Schepisis join fight

The Giving Tree[from: The Weekly Review] Mary and Fred Schepisi will host an auction of unique works of art on Thursday to raise funds for prostate cancer research. The inspiration for Mary Schepisi, who is the driving force behind the event, is both her relationships with friends and family experiencing prostate cancer and her long-standing friendship with leading Australian urologist and researcher Professor Tony Costello… read more

The Giving Tree – Art Auction

The Giving Tree - Art Auction - Mossgreen Gallery
for Australian Prostate Cancer Research

Mossgreen Gallery
925-930 High Street, Armadale
Melbourne, Australia
Thursday 23 January 2014
6pm viewing, 7pm auction
Auction Catalogue 2014

I decided to support the vitally important and life saving research of Australian Prostate Cancer Research, after my husband underwent a radical prostatectomy in 2013 and I witnessed first hand the impressive results of that research. I became closely acquainted with Professor Tony Costello and Penny Costello and the work they and the team at Australian Prostate Cancer Research are doing and their tireless dedication to find better ways to deal with prostate cancer and ultimately, hopefully to prevent it altogether. It was clear that, for this to be achieved, they need more support than moral support, they need monetary support.

Which is why we have organised “The Giving Tree” Art Auction based on the book, “The Giving Tree” by Sheil Silverstein. A very touching tale about the spirit of generosity and kindness, and selfless giving.

Mary Schepisi