Habitat Auction Results Are In

By Kristin Lukowski

Daily Press & Argus

September 29th, 2004

Going for $700 to $4,200, carousel animals bring in some $50,000.

The first-ever Habitat For Humanity animal art auction raised almost twice what organizers were hoping for.

Perhaps as a result of artists’ creativity and high profile of the animals, each animal brought in at least $800. Lions and tigers seemed to be the biggest draw of the night, with the lion Of Africa and tiger Art Beast each netting at lest $4,000.

The 23 carousel animals were painted by artists with local ties and displayed in downtown Brighton and Howell and Howell’s Town Commons for the summer. They were recently sold by auction to members of the community to raise money for the “Women Build” project for the Livingston County Habitat for Humanity, through which women will construct a house for Habitat for Humanity in 2005.

The event, hosted by the Home Builders Association of Livingston County, Livingston County Association of Realtors and Habitat for Humanity, was a resounding success, organizers said. The auction exceeded it’s $30,000 goal by raising some $50,000.

The animals are with their rightful owners by now. Although they’re no longer officially on display, some of the new owners have placed their animals outside or in a high traffic area. Some have been making public appearances , such as the animal that was scheduled to make an appearance at the rodeo in Pinckney this past Saturday.

Of the three lions sold, Of Africa brought in $4,200, Dande Lion brought in $3,250, and Sea Lion brought in $1,700.

Of the giraffes sold, Jake “The Smooth JazzMan” an Jewelraffe each brought in $2,000, Hair Styling by M.I.C.E. brought in $1,300, Graceful Girt brought in $900 and Andy Adler brought in $800.

Of the six tigers sold, Art Beast brought in $4,000, Cosmos brought in $1,300, Wild Thing! brought in $1,000, The King and Frenzy Silhouette each brought in $900 and Habitat Cat brought in $800.

There were seven horses in the program: Dionysus brought in $2,700, Mystique brought in $1,600, I Believe I Can Fly brought in $1,100, Ciabello do Colores brought in $1,000, Night & Day brought in $800, and Horse of a Different Color brought in $700.

There was one reindeer involved in the program; “Rain” Deer brought in $1,300 for the fund-raiser. Also, miniature horse Leonardo made $1,500 for Habitat.