Front row, left to right, Black Hills State University alums Chris Yushta and Adam Roosa present a photo exhibition at BHSU in 2010. Yushta and Roosa are using their connections with the regional art community to benefit the Humane Society of the Black Hills through a silent auction fundraiser, “Whiskers and Wine” Friday, Jan. 13 from 7-9 p.m. at Firehouse Wine Cellars. All proceeds raised from the donated art will benefit the Humane Society as they care for a recent, sudden intake of 75 neglected animals.
Art and communications alumni from Black Hills State University are using their talents in support of the Humane Society of the Black Hills following the Humane Society’s recent intake of 75 neglected animals.
BHSU alums Chris Yushta, Class of 2011, and Adam Roosa, Class of 2008, are hosting a “Whiskers and Wine” Fundraiser Friday, Jan. 13 from 7-9 p.m. at Firehouse Wine Cellars in Rapid City.
When Yushta saw the Humane Society of the Black Hills Facebook post Dec. 20 asking for help following the intake, he put out the call on social media for assistance.
“I felt like we should do something to help, and tapping into the connections of our fellow artists seemed like a good idea,” said Yushta.
The response was overwhelmingly positive, with BHSU alumni and faculty chiming in on social media with their support of artistic works for a silent auction.
Patrons can bid on the original, donated art items including photography and paintings during the fundraiser. The Firehouse Wine Cellars are also donating a portion of their sales that evening to the Humane Society of the Black Hills. The event will also feature live music by Elle Carpenter, folk and acoustic singer and songwriter.
To donate an art or other item for the silent auction, email firstname.lastname@example.org.