The weekend of May 19th and 20th is a big one.
Saturday May 19th it’s the 14th World Wide SketchCrawl and as you might have heard we are making it a world wide fundraiser.

Sunday May 20th we are organizing with our Maverix Studios friends a benefit Art Auction here in San Francisco.

All the funds we raise will benefit the humanitarian Organization Emergency – life support for civilian war victims.

Emergency builds quality care and hospitals to treat civilians in war-thorn countries.
It’s a wonderful wonderful organization that has been doing amazing humanitarian projects in places such as Afghanistan, Cambodia, Sudan, Sierra Leone and Iraq. The more I hear of what they’ve been doing the more I am excited about helping them.
Please watch this video to get a more detailed idea of what Emergency does.

We want to help this worthy cause and we thought we’d come together as a global drawing community to raise awareness and money for it! I hope that you all will want to join us! Let me give you some details on the weekend.

The SketchCrawl part of the fundraiser. Sat 19th

We are asking to each one of you around the world who would like to participate to the SketchCrawl to raise $100 in donations. And to do so, most of us will need some sponsors. So here is a sponsor form for download. The idea is to get a few friends, colleagues or family members to sponsor your sketchcrawl by making a check to Emergency. Then you can mail directly all the checks you have gathered and your sponsor form to Emergency. The donators will get a write off if in the US or Italy.

Several groups are starting to get organized on the forums. Come around and take a look and let us know where you’ll be crawling! Ronnie del Carmen and I will be meeting artists in San Francisco, at the Ferry Building at 11:00am (in front of Peet’s coffee).
The Art Auction part of the fundraiser.(in conjunction with Maverix Studios) Sun May 20th.

where: Maverix Studios (1717 17th Street, SF)
when: 5pm to 9pm
how: silent bidding, Final bids at 7:30pm.
We will also have a benefit raffle with special prices.

A few of the confirmed artists:

Steve Purcell (author of Sam and Max)
Rhode Montijo (author of Pablo’s inferno and Cloud Boy
Pierre Alary (author of Belladonne)
Dice Tsutsumi (contributor to Out of Picture)
Ted Mathot (author of Rose and Isabel)
Jamie Baker (author of Rocket Rabbit)
Ronnie del Carmen (Paper Biscuit)
Bill Presing (author of Rex Steele Nazi smasher)
Scott Morse (author of Noble Boy, Souldwind, The Barefoot Serpent and more)
and many more are joining in this effort, we’ll keep you updated on this growing list of great artists.

This is going to be quite a night at Maverix Studios. Great art on the walls, a chance to own wonderful pieces of work from some of your favorite artists and all at once, with your purchase, donate money to a worthy humanitarian and peaceful cause !!

So help us spread the word about this upcoming weekend event! Let your friends know, post on your blog or send the press releases to your local newspaper. It all helps. Thanks!!

Enrico Casarosa