Prizm News / September 16, 2018 / By Prizm News


The 2018 total is a record for Ohio’s LGBTQ and HIV health network. ‘We are deeply grateful,’ CEO Bill Hardy says.


By Prizm News

Donations are still being received and counted, but organizers of last night’s Art for Life event say the annual charity art auction is on track to raise a record $1 million for Equitas Health, Ohio’s community-based healthcare system specializing in LGBTQ and HIV care.


The previous record, set in 2016, was $640,000.

Highlights of the auction included the purchase of two Keith Haring prints for $100,000 by Jeff Chaddock and Mark Morrow as well as the purchase of a Joan Miro lithograph for $50,000 which was then immediately gifted to the Columbus Museum of Art for its permanent collection.

The Miro was purchased by the Havens family in memory of their mother, longtime Art for Life patron, Equitas Health supporter and LGBTQ ally Barbara Havens, who passed away in February.

“The generosity of the Columbus community never ceases to amaze me,” said Bill Hardy, president and CEO of Equitas Health. “When you are mission-obsessed like we are, it is an incredibly powerful affirmation to witness such an outpouring of support. We are deeply grateful.”

More than 1,200 people gathered for the event Saturday at the Columbus Museum of Art.

“Art for Life continues to be a one-of-a-kind event in our community,” said Janelle Coleman, chair of this year’s event, president of the L Brands Foundation and vice president of community relations for Columbus-based L Brands Inc. “I am thrilled to have played a part in highlighting the talent of local artists while raising funds for Equitas Health’s important mission.”

Founded in 1989, Art for Life is a biennial art auction that has helped raise more than $4 million in support of Equitas Health’s primary care, specialized HIV care, specialized LGBTQ healthcare, HIV social services, prevention, dental, behavioral health and advocacy services.

Live and silent auctions featured artwork by local and internationally acclaimed artists. This year’s event included representation from 19 galleries and 96 artists. All of the artwork the was donated by artists, galleries and private collectors.

Event proceeds enable Equitas Health to provide a welcoming healthcare home; all of its services are offered on a sliding fee scale, reducing barriers to care and ensuring that access to healthcare is possible for all.

For more information on Art for Life, visit