Western North Carolina AIDS Project
Contact: Pam Siekman, Raise Your Hand Event Chair, pamsiekman@earthlink.net, 335-6680
For Immediate Release: June 17, 2011

Asheville, NC -- The Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) is gearing up for its annual "Raise Your Hand" auction and dinner, scheduled to take place this year on Saturday, September 24th at the Doubletree Hotel, Biltmore.  The cornerstone of the auction is the highly sought after Signature Piece Award.  Artists from throughout Western North Carolina are invited to participate in this highly coveted award contest, which is now underway. 
Last year’s winner was Asheville artist Dawn Rentz, whose  mixed media painting on panel “Gone Too Long” was selected.  Previous Signature Piece winners include River Arts District artists Karen Weihs, Barbara Fisher, Steve Janton, and acclaimed Ceramic Artist - Steven Forbes de Soule.  
The Signature Piece will be displayed in newspapers and magazines across the region, as well as on the Raise Your Hand poster, program cover, website, and all printed materials that support WNCAP’s event.  
All artists wishing to participate in the competition should visit the WNCAP website at www.wncap.org/ryh or contact the WNCAP office at 828-252-7489, for details on submitting an entry.  The deadline for entries is July 8th.
In addition to featuring great art from local artisans, the WNCAP auction will also offer a selection of fine wines, vacation trips, antiques, and special culinary delights from Asheville’s finest local restaurants.  Tickets go on sale July 15th on the WNCAP website, www.wncap.org/ryh  -
Individuals or businesses that are interested in donating items for the auction, volunteering to help, or providing sponsorship support for the event should contact George at the WNCAP office, 828-252-7489 or GWhite@wncap.org.
WNCAP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing HIV-related services to the people of North Carolina, through client support, prevention education and outreach activities, in a collaborative and financially responsible manner. The agency has been in operation since 1986. 
For more information visit www.WNCAP.org or call 828-252-7489.
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