Super-storm Sandy has devastated so much of the northeast and as some of the luckier victims of the disaster we wanted to be able to help our hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey; which was hit so hard and is still struggling back to 100%. As artists ourselves, we decided to utilize the creative energy of art to give back to our community and so the idea of a 24-hour gathering for creative professionals and their fans to fundraise for The Elks Club Disaster Relief Fund was born. Hoboken Make-a-thon: 24 Hours of Expression is the work of local residents in cooperation with Elks Lodge 74 and over a hundred artists and performers and is set to take place on January 11th-Janurary 12th at the Elks Ballroom in Hoboken.
Modelled on the successful walk-a-thon fundraising method; participating artists collect pledges from family and friends based on the amount of hours they spend working. Open to the public, with a nominal cover attendees will be entertained by local bands, comedians and of course the scores of artists working through the night from live models and tableaux. Meals will be served by our favorite neighborhood restaurants. To the best of our knowledge Hoboken has yet to see an event spanning an entire 24 hours and the beleaugered residents still suffering the effects of this unprecedented tragedy need an event just as unparalleled.
The neediest victims of Sandy have entire lives to rebuild and our event will raise money for the Elks Disaster Relief Fund with all proceeds distributed locally and directly to those hardest hit and to rebuilding the public spaces we enjoy collectively. This event will capture the cultural essence and spirit of Hoboken as a city of engaged, caring and creative people, who during harsh, tragic times band together to endure, empathize and express themselves. The Hoboken Make-a-thon: 24 hours of Expression will welcome a variety of artists from an array of backgrounds and skill sets into the grand Elks ballroom converted for the duration of the event into an enormous art studio and performance space. Though it's not necessary to pledge support to attend the event, we genuinely hope that you give anything you can to ease the suffering of our friends and neighbors. In addition to pledging, artists will also be taking in-person commissions for a price they set themselves for the duration of the event. The benefit will also be capped off with a silent auction where attendees can bid on work produced throughout the event by their favorite artist.
We are Hobokenites, fortunate enough to not have to lost everything. We're artists who are putting their skills to use to help out our colleagues, friends and families. We hope you join us on January 11th-12th and do what you can to help save our city.
Although financial support is what is most needed in these difficult times, we are open to other kinds of support. The event also needs all kinds of volunteer assistance and equipment. If you're interested in participating, or looking for more information please feel free to e-mail Jake Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org, Please fill your subject line with participant or info when corresponding.