Thursday, September 1, 2016
Hooshang's painting donation supports St. Jude Hospital
One of the first original paintings – the largest one to date – was donated to the Minden St. Jude Auction by Ruston artist Hooshang Khorasani.
The auction ran Feb. 4-7 at the Minden Civic Center.
Khorasani's artwork was a 30x40-inch acrylic painting, "Spotted Horse," valued at $1,800. He's well-known for his equine work, which has been shown in exhibits from Massachusetts to Montana to Beverly Hills, California. His running horses have been published by multiple publishers and are available around the world.
"We're excited about having Hooshang's work," said Christie Ruple, co-chair of the auction at the time of the event. "We were so glad to get a phone call that he was willing to contribute."
The 40th year for the auction sported the theme "There's No Place Like St. Jude." Proceeds from the event, which now top $1 million a year, benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Other activities at the televised event included a Chili Cook-Off, Kids Day, Run for St. Jude, live entertainment and blood drive.