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Rago hosts charity auction to help out the critically ill
By Carole Deutsch

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. — On Sept. 15, Rago Arts and Auction Center will offer 26 lots of contemporary artwork to benefit the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA) of Philadelphia, Pa.

Proceeds from a special session that includes lots 974-999 will be donated to the MANNA food relief fund for the critically ill. The sale will be in conjunction with Rago’s Discovery Auction on Sept. 14-15 and an Estates Auction on Sept. 16.

MANNA is a nonprofit organization with more than 1,500 volunteers who prepare and deliver food three times a day, seven days a week to people who are challenged by life threatening illnesses. They deliver approximately 900,000 meals each year; more than 7 million meals have been served to date. MANNA was formed in 1990 by the members of the First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia.

Medically appropriate meals are central to the mission of MANNA; however their care-giving does not stop there. They provide nutritional education and compassionate counseling to the ill and their families to support them through the difficulties that are inherent in a debilitating sickness. MANNA’s free services are crucial in helping people to maintain their physical and emotional equilibrium and live longer, healthier lives.

Miriam Tucker, CEO of Rago Arts, said, “This is the second opportunity to assist MANNA in turning donations for support into cash to further the important work that they do. We trust this sale will be as successful as the first.”

The first MANNA support auction was held in April where twelve lots of jewelry sold with strong realized prices.

The art that will be offered for the benefit of MANNA will sell in house, online, by absentee bid, or by registering for a phone bid. These lots have an attractively priced presale estimate and include art by important contemporary artists, including Miro and Kandinsky, as well as other popular well-known artists such as Topias, Saul Steinberg, Bob Reinhart, Michael Wilse, Andee Dubin, Kenneth Bushnell, B. Wells, Alice Iyock, Marta Sanchez, Holly Roberts, Timothy Hawksworth, Barbara Schaff, Stuart Netsky, Peter Berg, Larry Spaid, Kevin Melchionne, Daniel Forbes Dallmann, Margot Dewit, Betsey Meyers, Dolores Poacelli, Cathleen Hughes, Nancy Adler, Alex Kanevsky, Brady Sanders, Paul Rider, Daniel Teis, Pamela Hoffman Taggart, Sarah Roche, Leah MacDonald, Charles Olson, Charlotte R. Yudis, Amy Morken, Jennifer Meghen White, Andre Toploski, Terrance Bankole, Zachary Fae, Charles Deantonio, Donald Owen Colley, Joseph Stabilito, Kenneth Wayne Bushnell, H. Gilbert, Aline Feldman, Michelle Marcuse, and Warren Holzman.

Ceramic art from the 20th century is also included in the Manna session and is represented by a sculpture titled, “Entrail 2,” by Brooke Hine and an Alan Willoughby ceramic charger. Textiles of special note include a hand knit Anna Neilson multicolored jacket and a purse crocheted by Echols-Howell.

Rago Arts and Auction Center opened its doors in 1995 under the ownership and direction of David Rago who is universally known for his in-depth knowledge of Arts & Crafts. Since then Rago has expanded his expertise and has been joined by some of the leading authorities in various fields, including 20thC Modern, Fine Art, Jewelry, Silver, and Estate property, among others. It is the largest auction house in New Jersey and is recognized as one of the most successful regional auction houses in the country selling over $25,000,000 of property each year.

David Rago is a familiar face on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, as is his wife and partner, Suzanne Perrault who is renowned for her knowledge in vintage tile. Rago’s jewelry and silver expert, Sarah Churgin, and Fine Arts appraiser Meredith Hilferty, who is Director of Fine Arts at Rago, are also frequent participating appraisers on the Roadshow. Rago Arts’ dedication to education has earned them a highly respected reputation in the antiques arena.

Preview the sale online at from Aug. 23 or in person Sept. 8-12, noon to 5 p.m., and Sept. 13, noon to 7 p.m. Doors open on sale days at 9 a.m.; auctions begin at 11 a.m. For more information, please call 609-397-9374 or email

If you or someone you know should need MANNA meals or would like to volunteer, please call 215-49-MANNA.

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