Civic Duty Supports Art Show/Fundraiser – Featuring Performance Artist David Garibaldi – for Leukemia Society

Civic Duty, cofounded by Julian Omidi and Dr. Michael Omidi, is donating to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year campaigns. Those in the Sacramento area are invited to also support this worthy charity by attending a special art auction and show with performance painter David Garibaldi on April 24, 2014, with all proceeds going to help fund new research in hopes of curing this devastating cancer.

(PRWEB) April 22, 2014

Civic Duty applauds the tireless fundraising efforts of the thousands of friends and loved ones of those stricken with ghastly blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma. One such warrior is Abe Snobar, the organizer of a special art auction fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and its Man and Woman of the Year campaigns. Civic Duty is donating to this cause, adding to the proceeds of this special April 24, 2014, event in Sacramento, California.

“Leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma together caused more than 54000 deaths in 2013. They have accounted for nearly 10% of all cancer deaths in 2013,” says Civic Duty cofounder, Dr. Michael Omidi. “Though there have been large strides towards long term therapy and permanent remission, we are still a long way from where we need to be. We wholeheartedly praise the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society in its difficult but successful mission to bring hope and health to patients and their families suffering from this illness.”

Several notable personalities from Sacramento Kings organization and other local celebrities will be on hand for the event which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and its Man and Woman of the Year campaigns. The auction and show will be held:
Thursday, April 24 – Doors open at 7pm with the show beginning at 8pm
at The Crest Theater, 1013 K Street, Sacramento, California

Advance tickets are available at: and can also be bought at the door for $30, $45 and $55.

A variety of art pieces will be available for auction throughout the show but the evening’s featured guest will be renowned performance painter and Sacramento native, David Garibaldi who will also offer some of his own paintings for auction. Garibaldi’s ( specialty is a “Rhythm and Hue” stage act in which he rapidly creates paintings of notable rock musicians and other well-known figures. In 2008, Garibaldi toured Canada and the U.S. as the opening act for the Blue Man Group and has also opened for Snoop Dogg. He has performed at many special events, having painted portraits of basketball player Jeremy Lin during halftime of the New York Knicks game in 2012, Jesus on the cable TV show The 700 Club in 2009, and Mick Jagger at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in 2006.

Thursday’s event is coordinated by Abe Snobar, a passionate fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society who was a Man of the Year candidate in 2013. Snobar is currently a nonpartisan candidate for District 7 of Sacramento’s City Council (

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man, Woman and Students of the Year campaigns are fundraising competitions held across the U.S. in which participants vie for recognition as the year’s most effective and productive LLS fundraiser. These titles are awarded to the men, women and students who raise the most funds during the ten-week campaign. For the April 24 event, the candidate who brings the most guests will receive the larger portion of the show’s proceeds for their campaign. All funds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to pay for more blood cancer research in honor of local children who are blood cancer survivors.

In addition, every year a Boy of the Year and Girl of the Year are selected as the focus and motivation for the campaign. The Sacramento area’s 2014 Boy of the Year is 11-year-old Garrett Heisinger and the Girl of the Year is Emily Love, who is only 3. Their remarkable and touching stories of survival can be read at:

Sacramento’s candidates for Man, Woman and Students of the Year are featured on the LLS website at: Those unable to attend this special event can donate to the cause through the same website. To date the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ( has invested nearly $1 billion in research to advance blood cancer therapies and save lives.

Civic Duty ( is dedicated to mankind’s search for meaning and promotes the values of its founders, philanthropists Julian Omidi and his brother Dr. Michael Omidi. The charity’s mission is to inspire creative outreach, community service, and volunteerism through the stories of every-day people who are making an extraordinary difference in the world. Civic Duty does not accept monetary support, but instead encourages direct donations to the charities featured on the organization’s website. To get involved and help make a difference, send a message using the website’s Contact Us function. More information about Civic Duty can be found on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Twitter.