Triangle Family Services is one of Raleigh's oldest and best nonprofits, with programs for folks coping with mental health, financial, housing and other potentially catastrophic issues. In an era of growing homelessness, TFS helps families keep their homes and avoid becoming statistics.
For the last five years, they've been helped by a dedicated "Young Professionals" group of volunteers. The YPs run an annual fall fundraiser—the gingerbread house sale—and last year started an art auction as its spring counterpart.
Year Two, the auction is taking a big step up thanks to a new partnership with the Moore Square Magnet Middle School. The school's location in between fast-gentrifying downtown Raleigh and the still-poor Haywood-Martin neighborhood gives it a window on the world of housing shortage and homelessness. Now, with the auction, it's doing something about it. Some 60 students submitted art pieces for possible inclusion in the program, which is called the Huddled Masses art auction.
Friday's auction will offer acrylics, prints, watercolors, photographs and sculpture donated by 25 area professionals, including names like painter Ray Walker, print artist Susan Soper and photographer Marie Arondeau plus work by 20 students and three faculty members. "The staff at Moore Square has been tremendously accepting," says Clara Cloaninger, the YP in charge, "and everybody is excited about hosting this event."
The Huddled Masses Art Auction takes place this Friday, May 4, from 6-9 p.m. at the school, 301 S. Person St. The event will be a silent auction, and will feature (free) food, and an appearance by G105 radio personality Madison Lane. All proceeds go the TFS emergency housing fund. For more information, go to www.tfsnc.org.