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Artwork by Wade Koniakowsky raises $1,100 for UCSD’s Moore’s Cancer Center

vip-partyArtist: Wade Koniakowsky
Funds Raised: $1,100
Nonprofit: UCSD’s Moore’s Cancer Center

In an annual tradition, AidCurrent artist Wade Koniakowsky once again set up his easel at the VIP party for UCSD’s Moore’s Cancer Center’s fundraising event, the Luau & Legends of Surfing Invitational. Each year he paints into the evening as the crowd of surfing legends and Cancer Center supporters watch. A few items are usually auctioned off that night, including his artwork which this year managed to fetch $1,100 for the cause.

In a world where nobody is untouched by Cancer in some way or another, we offer our highest thanks and appreciation to Wade for his ongoing efforts to help the folks at UCSD press on for a cure to the devastating illness in all of its forms.

Artwork by Matt Beard Raises $14,000 for Cancer Research and Treatment

"Scripps and Salsa"

36" x 24"
Acrylic on Canvas
by Matt Beard 
Funds Raised: $14,000
Nonprofit: UCSD's Moore's Cancer Center

AidCurrent artist Matt Beard painted and donated this studio piece to the 2015 Legends of Surfing Invitational & Luau held at the Scripps Pier in La Jolla, CA. The event raises funds each year for UCSD’s Moore’s Cancer Center. This piece was the official event artwork for the year and raised $14,000 in the live auction. Here's what Matt Beard had to say about it:

"Holy moly."

Artwork Auctioned to Support Cancer Research and Treatment


Artist: Wade Koniakowsky
Funds Raised: $3,000
Nonprofit: UCSD's Moore's Cancer Center

Each August, the Luau & Longboard Invitational brings together some of the most respected men and women in surfing history with business leaders, scientists, local politicians and national celebrities to "Surf for a Cure." The mission of the: Luau is to

  1. Raise money for cancer research and care.
  2. Raise cancer awareness.
  3. Have fun!

In 2015, Koniakowsky finished a painting of the local coastline at the VIP party and donated it to the cause bringing in a solid $3000.

Live Art Benefits UCSD’s Moore’s Cancer Center

"Last Rites"

12" x 16"
Acrylic on Canvas
by Matt Beard 
Funds Raised: $1200
Nonprofit: UCSD's Moore's Cancer Center

AidCurrent artist Matt Beard painted this small plein air piece on site during the 22nd Annual Luau & Legends of Surfing Invitational's VIP party held in La Jolla, CA. It was auctioned on site while the paint was still wet. Here's what Matt Beard had to say about it:

"Technically, this would be the 33rd piece in my Free Range series. Odometer maybe at 1525 miles or so. This little one raised $1200 to fight cancer that night (not to be confused with my large painting of Scripps Pier that sold for $14,000 at the main event the next day). Shortly after that I was keeled over in pain and ended up in the ER at Scripps hospital. They couldn’t figure it out and sent me on my way where the stabbing pain came and went for the next 2 weeks. Tests, appointments, all that. Still no answers but feeling better. Reckon 3 weeks of van life and brutal work pace had me neglecting proper nutrition and hydration and I paid the price this time. Anyway, all that is to say I’m not dead yet, and even though this is the last painting I’ve done as of this moment, there will be more. Just a reminder we never know what tomorrow brings. Life is short. Love people. Now.

"I’m beyond stoked to have been part of such an amazing event and grateful to all that work so hard to make it happen each year. I hope to be back, and in better condition to howl at the moon and fight cancer like a pirate with you all next year. Heroes."

Promotional Event Artwork helps raise funds for Cancer Research and Treatment

Survivor Beach Poster

Artist: Wade Koniakowsky
Funds Raised: $4,000
Nonprofit: UCSD's Moore's Cancer Center

Survivor Beach is a SUP race to raise funds and create awareness about the UCSD John Moores Cancer center’s research and treatment options and to support cancer patients in their struggles with the disease. In 2015 AidCurrent Artist Wade Koniakowsky created the even'ts official promotional image, an original painting and the design for posters, t-shirts, and a variety of other Marketing materials which altogether brought in a conservative estimate of $4000 for the cause.