Graff’s charity hosts art auction and benefit at Stellenbosch estate.
Laurence Graff’s FACET (For Africa’s Children Every Time) Foundation has raised more than £110,000 for disadvantaged children in South Africa through a recent art auction at the Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch.
The auction featured donated works of 15 South African artists, raising funds to support FACET’s partnership with the Pebbles Project, a South African-based charity created to provide support to the vulnerable children of the Winelands.
The bids are said to have exceeded expectations, with a total of £110,229 raised for the Pebbles Project. The money will be used to build the Graff Leadership Centre in the Stellenbosch Winelands, a building that will support Pebbles’ efforts to better the lives of children from disadvantaged by providing support and training to local children.
Former Miss South Africa Jo-Ann Strauss officiated as master of ceremonies for the evening’s guests who included South Africa’s top philanthropists and art collectors.
The auction featured the work of the artists including William Kentridge, Anton Smit, Deborah Bell, Cameron Platter and Dylan Lewis. A piece entitled Girl Submerged by artist Lionel Smit raised just shy of £15,000, a record for the artist in South Africa.
Graff Diamonds also donated a diamond-set butterfly pendant to the auction, set with 49 diamonds.