Rescue your new best friend © 2011 ishbudesign. All rights reserved.

Charitable Awesomeness

Client: ishbudesign/Charitable Awesomeness
Task: Design and print posters
Role: Designer, screenprinter

The best way to explain the motivation behind Charitable Awesomeness is to just include the press release, which is as follows.

Local Designer gives back to Minneapolis charities by creating posters

Minneapolis, MN – Local artist and designer Kris Heuer was so moved by the news of a friend’s Mother’s diagnosis with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), that he felt something should be done to create awareness about the disease. His Art-A-Whirl fund-raising event, Charitable Awesomeness, is the result.

Charitable Awesomeness is a fundraiser and art sale on the first evening of Art-A-Whirl, May 20, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and will be held in the Waterbury Building at ishbudesign Studio in Northeast Minneapolis. Proceeds from this event will benefit local charities The ALS Association of Minnesota, the Piper Breast Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Pet Project Rescue. Three organizations whose programs Mr. Heuer felt deserving of attention.

At the center of the event are three limited edition screen print posters; one benefiting each charity.

Mr. Heuer will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the poster sales back to the respective charities for specific programs. Money directed to The ALS Association of Minnesota will be donated to the Durable Medical Equipment Loan Pool, a program that provides free medical equipment to persons with ALS, in need. Money directed to the Piper Breast Center will be donated to the Piper Breast Center Patient Assistance Fund, a program that provides financial assistance to cancer patients who are unable to pay day-to-day expenses on top of their medical treatment. Money directed to Pet Project Rescue will be donated to the Lukas Project, an end-of-life hospice program that will provide homes to dogs and cats who are terminally ill.

In addition to the poster sale, Mr. Heuer has teamed up with the other artists exhibiting in his studio and the three organizations to put on a silent auction that will run the duration of the event. Just like the poster sales, 100% of the proceeds from the silent auction will be divided equally among the three organizations.

Exhibiting artists Mark Stoehr and Graham John Petersburg have generously agreed to donate original artwork for the silent auction in addition to donations by the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Premier Publications, Atmosfere and other local businesses.

In addition to the artwork directly associated with the event, all exhibiting artists will have other work for sale. On the evening of the event, all exhibiting artists have agreed to donate 10% of their regular art sales from that evening to the charitable organization of their choice.

Ishbudesign Studio is located at 1121 Jackson Street Northeast, Minneapolis, MN 55413 in the distinctively red Waterbury Building. This event is free and open to the public.

More information about the event can be obtained from visiting www.charitableawesomeness.com and www.twitter.com/itsawesomeness. Additionally, Mr. Heuer is encouraging twitter users to tweet about the event with the hash tag #CharitableAwesomeness.

About Kris Heuer
Kris Heuer is a Minneapolis-based artist and designer whose areas of artistic interest include: painting, poster art, sculpture and photography. Not one to be artistically pigeon-holed, Kris will try anything once or twice, just to see the result. Inspired by impressionist and contemporary artists alike, Kris has best described his artwork as “systemic chaos.” More information about Kris Heuer and his artwork can be found at www.systemicchaos.com.

About ishbudesign
Founded in 1999 as a means to do business under a name other than his own, ishbudesign is the one-man design shop run by Kris Heuer. Specializing in graphic design and communications, ishbudesign works with clients large and small to provide concise and affordable solutions to any number of design and communications conundrums. More information about ishbudesign can be found at www.ishbudesign.com

About Piper Breast Center – Abbott Northwestern Hospital
In 1993, a committed group of breast cancer physicians, caregivers and survivors came together to form a dedicated breast health clinic and comprehensive breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment facility. As the first of its kind in Minnesota, Piper Breast Center has established itself as a role model and leader in breast health care. The Center was the first in Minnesota to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and is also designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

About The ALS Association of Minnesota
The ALS Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, often called Lou Gehrig’s Disease) through research, patient support, information dissemination and public awareness.

About Pet Project Rescue
Pet Project Rescue is a no-kill, 501(c)(3) non-profit rescue which places homeless animals in foster care homes until they are adopted by their forever families. Because we are a volunteer-based rescue all adoption fees and donations go back into the program to help save more cats and dogs that are in need of rescuing! As a rescue organization it is important to us that we help contribute to reducing pet over-population, which is a national and international epidemic. To assure that we are doing so, all of our animals are spayed/neutered before being adopted.