Charity Auction Will Feature Work of Visionary Artist, Iron Eye RETNA, To Benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness and Smile Design Gallery

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 4, 2014 at 7:11 a.m.



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Charity Auction Will Feature Work of Visionary Artist, Iron Eye RETNA,

To Benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness and Smile Design Gallery

NEW YORK, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Foundation

Fighting Blindness and Smile Design Gallery are teaming up on a March

6 celebration at Manhattan's Provocateur, featuring an art auction of

unique pieces from well-known contemporary artist, Iron Eye RETNA.

Primarily recognized for his graffiti creations, RETNA will be lending

his artistic talents to paint a wall at Achievement First Brooklyn

High School on March 5. He'll also be collaborating with students from

this public charter school to create three one-of-a-kind canvas pieces

for the March 6 charity art auction.

A portion of the art auction proceeds will benefit the Foundation

Fighting Blindness, an organization advancing sight-saving research

for retinal diseases, and the Smile Design Gallery, an organization

providing free dental care to people in need. A limited number of

tickets are available for purchase online for $75 apiece, which

includes entry and champagne.

"We're honored to partner with RETNA, a true artistic genius, as we

work to raise critical funds and awareness for blindness research,"

says Bradford Manning, a Foundation Fighting Blindness national

trustee and co-founder of Macoma Capital Group, who launched the

company's private investment fund in 2010. "Not only is RETNA's

artistic name fitting alongside the Foundation's mission to treat and

cure retinal diseases, but his willingness to support the cause is

admirable."

Born and raised in Los Angeles, RETNA started his career in the early

1990s, developing a style derived from Blackletter, Egyptian

Hieroglyphics, Arabic and Hebrew calligraphy, as well as more

traditional types of street-based graffiti. In addition to exhibiting

at institutions and galleries in Los Angeles, Miami, London, New York

and Hong Kong, RETNA has also done work for global brands such as

Nike, Louis Vuitton and VistaJet.

WHAT: Charity Art Auction, featuring the work of Iron Eye RETNA to

benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness and Smile Design Gallery

WHERE: Provocateur, 18 9th Avenue, New York, New York

WHEN: March 6, 2014, 7-9 p.m. (auction begins at 8 p.m.)

TICKETS: $75 each, available for purchase online

About Foundation Fighting Blindness The Foundation Fighting Blindness

is a national non-profit organization driving the research that will

lead to preventions, treatments and cures for retinitis pigmentosa,

macular degeneration, Usher syndrome and the entire spectrum of

retinal degenerative diseases that affect more than 10 million

Americans. Since 1971, the Foundation has raised nearly $550 million

as the leading non-governmental funder of inherited retinal research.

Breakthrough Foundation-funded studies using gene therapy have

restored significant vision in children and young adults who were

previously blind, paving the way for additional clinical trials to

treat a variety of retinal degenerative diseases. With a coveted

four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the Foundation also has

nearly 50 chapters that provide support, information and resources to

affected individuals and their families in communities across the

country.

About Smile Design Gallery Smile Design Gallery is a social enterprise

that provides free dental care to people in need by employing the

sales of art to administer free dentistry for children and communities

throughout the Tri-State area. With a wealth of celebrity support from

the likes of Swizz Beatz, Angela Simmons and more, Smile Design

Gallery has provided free dentistry for over 500 uninsured people

since its inception in the spring of 2013.

Contact: ALLIE GEBHARDT AGEBHARDT@FIGHTBLINDNESS.ORG 410-423-0643

SOURCE Foundation Fighting Blindness

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