Minutes after the doors opened to the second annual Show of Strength event, the red dots started appearing. Typically a cause for concern, especially at an event held at an MUSC facility, these spots signaled not sickness, but alerted that art was being sold at a steady pace for charity.
Art Mag and Integrative Cancer Care at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center partnered for the evening to raise money for the nonprofit organization through the sale of local art and a silent auction. Charleston’s favorite artists like Nathan Durfee, Lisa Shimko, Mary Walker, John Duckworth, Karin Olah, and many others were represented on the walls of Hollings. Many of the artists were also in attendance to celebrate the event and to speak to guests about their work.
By hosting the event at the same location many cancer patients come for care, patrons were reminded of exactly where their donations were being distributed. Outside the center, guests took reprise in the Pearlstine Healing Gardens, a gorgeous space for those in recovery and their families to reflect and relax. The Gardens served as a magnificent backdrop for the Jerry Copper Band to play a few tunes while attendees contemplated their next bid on the auction items.
ToboSushi provided a sumptuous spread of goodies for the guests and Firefly vodka contributed many of the libations. The organizers, artists, and patrons of Show of Strength should be proud that such an event exists to support Integrative Cancer Care.