Tim Tate glasswork survives intact at One In Ten charity auction
The power of withering looks and sarcastic remarks
A Tim Tate glass sculpture titled The Heart of St. Sebastian went home safely May 12 with its winning bidder at the second “Walk the Red Carpet” gala, the annual fundraiser for the gay and lesbian arts group One In Ten.
“We were aware of the unfortunate theft of a Tate work at another gala, and we paid special attention to our security,” said David de la Tour, the gala’s co-chair. “We surrounded the piece with experienced crowd watchers. Suspicious types were hit with withering looks and precision sarcasm, which in the right combination can repel just about anybody.”
About 300 people attended the event at the Hotel Palomar in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC, and bid in both silent and live auctions. The Tate piece sold for $2,300 during the live auction. The evening took in $35,200 for One In Ten, which produces the “Reel Affirmations” lesbian and gay film festival, nights of lgbt comedy and other lgbt arts events.
During the gala, One In Ten Executive Director Margaret Murray presented the Reel Affirmations’ “Plant A Seed” Filmmaker Grant to Carlos Portugal, director of East Side Story, and gave its appreciation awards to:
- Randy Shulman and Sean Bugg, publisher and editor of Metro Weekly, the community’s event and entertainment bible, for their newspaper’s consistent and enthusiastic support of lgbt arts;
- Scott Van Hove and Dierck Casselman, a past president of One In Ten’s board, for their work with and support of One In Ten through the past several years; and
- Brother Help Thyself, a Baltimore-based philanthropy that gives thousands of dollars in grants each year to local lgbt groups, including One In Ten.
HONOREES: Below, from left, Carlos Portugal, director of East Side Story and recipient of the “Plant A Seed” Filmmaker Grant; Sean Bugg, editor of Metro Weekly; Scott Van Hove; and representatives of the Baltimore-based philanthropy Brother Help Thyself, which recently topped $2 million in grants awarded to regional glbt groups.