Louisville, KY (PRWEB) April 12, 2006
The 10th Annual Mint Jubilee Gala has commissioned the “Jockey’s Jubilee,” an original painting by acclaimed artist Bill Lopa to be auctioned on eBay to benefit the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and Gilda’s Club of Louisville. Featuring signatures of all three living Triple Crown winning jockeys and many others, the painting is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a unique piece of horse racing memorabilia. The seven-day eBay auction will start on Bidders may link directly to the auction from the Mint Jubilee website, http://www.mintjubilee.org. The auction ends on Friday, May 5, 2006 at the 2006 Mint Jubilee Gala.
The 3’ x 4’ acrylic-on-canvas painting is a vibrant interpretation of the “Run for the Roses” trophy. Sports artist Bill Lopa’s signature bold impressionism style reflects the drama and passion for horse racing’s most cherished prize. Rich, saturated hues flood the canvas in tones of blue and red. For the first time, Bill Lopa will be painting live during the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs this year.
The “Jockey’s Jubilee” canvas has been signed by 17 horse racing stars, including:
- Jean Cruguet, Triple Crown Winner
- Ron Turcotte, Triple Crown Winner
- Steve Cauthen, Triple Crown Winner
- Robby Albarado
- Javier Castellano
- Angel Cordero, Jr.
- Pat Day
- Kent Desormeaux
- Earlie Fires
- Darrell Haire
- Jeff Johnston
- Mike Manganello
- Craig Perret
- Laffit Pincay, Jr.
- Ray Sibille
- Mike Smith
- John Velazquez
For more information about the painting and to view it online, visit http://www.mintjubilee.org.
Additionally, the painting will be on display at various times throughout the month of April at the Taste of Kentucky in Louisville, Keeneland in Lexington and other locations. For a full schedule, visit http://www.mintjubliee.org. Promotion of the “Jockey’s Jubilee” artwork auction is provided by Aslan Coastal Properties (http://www.experienceaslan.com).
Proceeds from the sale of the painting will benefit the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center and the Louisville chapter of Gilda’s Club.
Gilda’s Club is a non-profit organization that assists cancer patients and their families. It was founded by the family and friends of the late “Saturday Night Live” comedian Gilda Radner. Today there are 20 Gilda’s Clubs across the country. The Louisville Club is scheduled to open in 2007.
As the region’s leading academic, research, and teaching medical center, Brown Cancer Center patients benefit from the latest medical advances, often long before they become available in non-teaching settings. The Brown Cancer Center is affiliated with the National Cancer Institute and the Kentucky Cancer Program.
About The Mint Jubilee
The 10th Annual Mint Jubilee, presented by Southern Wine and Spirits, is a Kentucky Derby eve black tie fundraiser held this year on May 5th at the Galt House Hotel Grand Ballroom in Louisville, Ky. The celebrity-filled event benefits the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville, and the Louisville chapter of Gilda’s Club, a non-profit organization that assists cancer patients and their families. In 10 short years, the Mint Jubilee has become a not-to-be-missed Derby tradition that sells out each year.
Mint Jubilee, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. For more information, go to http://www.mintjubilee.org.
Editor’s Note: Images of the painting will be provided upon request.
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