Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Do I here $10,000.00 , yes I do.......

..... said the auctioneer at the The International Teddy Bear Relief Fund auction and the hammer came down.

Sold, was the one of kind Magnolia by R.John.Wright.

"Magnolia" is made of custom-dyed russet-colored mohair plush and measures approximately 30" tall - the largest RJW bear ever made. She is fully jointed and includes a sculptural character face with inset glass eyes, a leather nose, felt paw pads and resin claws. This magnificent bear also features one-of-a-kind lovely magnolia blossoms completely handmade of felt at the RJW design studio.

The International Teddy Bear Relief Fund (ITBRF) is an international effort to raise funds with teddy bear auctions, raffles, and sales around the world to aid those in need. Teddy Bears have long been acknowledged as universal symbols of healing and consolation. Project coodinators in: America, Linda & Wally Mullins - well-known teddy bear promoters and philanthropists who have been associated with raising funds at teddy bear events to benefit children's charities since 1983 - are coordinating the ITBRF events in the United States.

As part of this effort, an ITBRF auction was held recently in San Diego, CA to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast. The auction featured one-of-a-kind, limited edition, and antique dolls and teddy bears donated by individuals and companies from around the world. Among the items donated was a large One-of-a-Kind bear creation from R. John Wright Dolls titled "Magnolia" - the state flower of both Louisiana and Mississippi, two of the most severely affected areas of the hurricane.

At the auction event on January 14, 2006 at 5:00PM, "Magnolia" realized the highest bid of the evening at $10,000. All proceeds from the sale of "Magnolia" will go to HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - the world-renowned ecumenical housing ministry. As part of their efforts, Habitat will launch "Operation Home Delivery," a three-phase response to provide assistance and rebuilding opportunities along the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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