Jackson Memorial Foundation is auctioning off the artwork of children at Holtz Children’s Hospital to help pay for the renovation of the patient and parent pantry on the fifth floor of Holtz.
The auction will be held online until Saturday, Sept. 14.
Marisol Garcia, developmental director at the foundation, says the auction gives patients a chance to take their mind off their treatment.
“They want to support Holtz because they feel grateful,” Garcia said. “Their lives have been changed because of their treatment and they want to help the place that has helped them.”
Drawing and painting pictures is the highlight of the day for Peter Ogorman, 15, a patient at Holtz, part of the UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He drew a picture of a car and an eagle.
“There are always people there to help and make it fun,” said Peter, who had a liver transplant due to complications from a fire a year ago. “It makes the day good and lets me be creative.”
His grandfather, Daniel Ogorman, enjoys seeing his grandson stay active.
“It keeps him very happy because he likes to draw,” Ogorman said. “It also keeps him out of bed, which is a good thing.’’
More than 50 pieces will be up for auction. Bidding starts at $15 and will increase by $5 with every bid.
Garcia presented the idea of the auction to Jennifer Justice, Child Life program director at Holtz.
“This project has allowed patients the opportunity for creativity and a sense of accomplishment,” Justice said. “Working on their art in the activity rooms alongside other patients has also allowed for them to socialize with peers.”
Along with the Child Life program, the budding artists also received guidance from ArtCares for Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides art therapy to children.
In addition, students from the Design & Architecture Senior High (DASH) helped by drawing outlines of the animals on canvas.
“When the children found out their art was going to be auctioned, they focused and spent more time than usual trying to create the best pictures possible,” Justice said.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will help defray the $16,000 to renovate the pantry and kitchen area where families can share meals together.
“We want to make it a more comfortable environment for families,” Garcia said. “Rather than having them sit and eat a meal at their bedside.”