Guests will be able to contribute to a collaborative work of art during  the 10th annual Art of Giving fundraiser.

Guests will be able to contribute to a collaborative work of art during the 10th annual Art of Giving fundraiser.

Photo provided by Kathleen Kennedy Ferris, of Kennedy Ferris Communications

The Art of Giving to go ‘pink’ at 10th annual fundraiser

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published May 14, 2019


BIRMINGHAM — Is there anything more beautiful than making a difference?

Maybe so. The 10th annual Art of Giving fundraiser will be held Thursday, May 23, at the Elm Room inside Vinotecca in downtown Birmingham. Guests can enjoy a night out with food, drinks, live entertainment and a little bit of creativity to benefit local charities.

The artistic mind behind the fundraiser is event Chairman Tom Maniaci, the owner of the pop-portrait studio Frame Your Face. He said that when he had the idea a decade ago to turn artwork into a vessel for philanthropy, he had no idea the event would raise more than $325,000 for local nonprofits, like Mittens for Detroit, Lighthouse of Oakland County, Children’s Village and the Rhonda Walker Foundation, among others.

Maniaci, whose portraits are inspired by American pop artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, will set up a 50-by-50-foot paint-by-numbers canvas. Attendees can pay to paint in one of the 25 sections of the work and raise some cash in addition to ticket sales, live and silent auction items, and a raffle.

In a nod to the start of the Art of Giving, the beneficiary of this year’s fundraiser will be The Pink Fund, a nonprofit that provides financial support to breast cancer patients and the first organization to receive aid from the event.

“This year is really special because we get to bookend our first 10 years with our friends at The Pink Fund,” Maniaci said in a press release. “We’re grateful beyond belief for the generous support of our community, and we look forward to another successful decade.”

To complement the pink celebration, the collaborative paint-by-numbers canvas will be transformed into a portrait of “Pink Cadillac” artist and Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. At the end of the night, the painting will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Oh, and there will signature pink libations, too. Because, why not?

“Since the first event 10 years ago, which was by the way our largest fundraiser at that time, The Pink Fund has been able to provide $3.3 million in financial support, paid directly to qualified patients’ creditors for housing, transportation, utilities and insurance,” said Molly MacDonald, the founder and executive director of The Pink Fund and a breast cancer survivor.

In those early days, MacDonald said, Maniaci’s help and faith in her mission empowered her to “keep on keeping on.”

“When others, like Tom, believe in you and your mission, it’s a huge encouragement,” she said.

The Art of Giving, which will take place 7-11 p.m. the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend, is sponsored by Tricho Salons and will be emceed by Fox 2 Detroit personality Josh Landon.

Tickets to the event cost $75 online at and $100 at the door. You can also visit The Pink Fund online at to learn more about the nonprofit and the Art of Giving.

Vinotecca is located at 210 S. Old Woodward Ave. in downtown Birmingham.