They allow the by-products of my labor and talent to benefit others.
I have visited many of these organizations and witnessed first-hand the great work of the people doing the hands on work of these charities. While I am constantly asked to donate to a seemingly endless list of causes; I have been able to concentrate my support for several organizations involved in a wide array of activities both inside and out of the thoroughbred racing industry.
While I have made a conscious decision to work full time in the sport of horse racing, I am able to contribute to causes that benefit four major areas:
- The people who support this sport
- The jockeys
- The horses
- Various non-equine charities many of which are spearheaded by my racing clients
The reward for answering a solicitation request is the “exposure” the artist receives by having their artwork at these events.
The artist GIVES because he or she WANTS to GIVE to a select cause that is important to that artist. In my experience as the head of several art organizations and as the host of a public television show on the arts, I’ve seen more artists who could benefit from a fundraiser than any other ‘profession’. With all that being said I can proudly say that it is my pleasure and my privilege to be able to contribute to the people and horses in this great thoroughbred industry and look forward to continuing to do so as long as positive work can be accomplished for the common good.
As of 2011
Robert’s live painting for charity have raised over $250,000 for organizations such as:
- Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement
- Anna House/ Belmont Child Care Association
- Race for Education
- Barbaro Fund for Equine Health and Safety Research
- The Barbaro Laminitis Fund
- Race Track Chaplaincy
- The New Bolton Center
- Alex’s Lemonade Stand
- Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF)
- Thoroughbred Charities of America
- University of Florida Veterinary School
Additionally, Robert prints are used by several organizations and add considerably to the total dollars raised for charity.