What do an actor, a former president and an art dealer have in common? Well for Bill Clinton, Ben Stiller and David Zwirner it’s a fundraiser. They will co-chair an exclusive event for The Stiller Foundation.
The event will take place on Friday, Sept. 23, in New York at Skylight Soho. It celebrates the previous evening’s Artists for Haiti art auction. The most prominent artists will be featured, including Adel Abdessemed, Cecily Brown, Paul McCarthy and Neo Rauch, to name a few. These artists have donated major works to Artists for Haiti and 100 percent of the charity auction sales will go directly to nonprofit organizations helping to put Haiti back together.
“Right now is a pivotal moment in Haiti’s future. And there is an opportunity for real change there. I’m honored that President Clinton has agreed to co-chair and attend our event,” Stiller said.
“I first became involved in Haiti through the Clinton Global Initiative, and his commitment and connection with the Haitian people is unparalleled. I’m also deeply grateful to my friend and partner David Zwirner, who has mobilized the art community in an unprecedented way. Through the generosity of these amazing artists, we have a chance to make a significant contribution to the rebuilding effort.”
The foundation, started by Stiller in 2010, focuses on building schools in Haiti, where thousands of schools were damaged after the devastating earthquake in January 2010. According to a United Nations report, just in the capital of Port-au-Prince, 8,000 schools were destroyed that served 1.8 million children.
Clinton also contributes to Haiti with the Clinton Foundation Haiti Fund, serves as the United Nations Special Envoy and co-chair of the Interim Haiti Recovery Mission.
“True recovery is about more than just moving people in and out of tents; it means setting up the institutions and systems that will empower citizens to build a bright future for themselves and their children,” Clinton said.
Zwiner also added, “Ben’s intensity and passion as a philanthropist is exemplary. I am incredibly thankful to him for showing me firsthand what The Stiller Foundation has already accomplished in Haiti. Yet there is so much more to be done. The art world is an extraordinarily generous place and I am humbled by the support of the artists who have given so willingly. Through their donations and with everybody’s help, I believe we will be able to make a significant difference.”
Allyson Koerner for Ecorazzi