1Matters Announces Exhibit & Gala to Benefit the Unhoused

Posted Sep 30th, 2011 by Ken Leslie  Category: Arts & Entertainment


Toledo, Ohio. Ken Leslie, founder of 1Matters, announces that Harry Sandler will kick off the exhibit of his unique photographic artwork to begin the fundraiser for this local non-profit organization. All proceeds from the Gala and sales of artwork benefit 1Matters, which provides assistance to the unhoused.

GALA: V.I.P. Premier Gala, with Harry Sandler in attendance
hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine bar
music by Claude Black Trio

DATE: Friday, October 7
TIME: 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
PLACE: 20 North Gallery
18 N. St. Clair Street, downtown Toledo

ADMISSION: $100 per person

OPENING RECEPTION: “Harry Sandler: Childhood and Other Neighborhoods”
DATE: Sunday, October 9
TIME: 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
PLACE: 20 North Gallery
18 N. St. Clair Street, downtown Toledo
ADMISSION: no admission charge

EXHIBIT: “Harry Sandler: Childhood and Other Neighborhoods”
DATE: Wednesdays – Saturdays, October 12 – 30
TIME: noon – 4:00 p.m. (and by appointment)
PLACE: 20 North Gallery
18 N. St. Clair Street, downtown Toledo
ADMISSION: no admission charge

As part of the effort to increase awareness about the unhoused in our area and to raise funds to secure housing for them, 1Matters and 20 North Gallery are sponsoring a Harry Sandler exhibit. Spending more than 30 years traveling the world as a tour manager for Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, Van Halen, The Eagles, Jewel , Billy Joel and more, has given Harry Sandler rare opportunities to capture legends, landscapes and everyday life on film. Several items in this exhibit are signed by the performers
pictured in them.

“John Mellencamp discovered this group’s work during a tour stop in Toledo. After getting to know Ken Leslie and the 1Matters mission as they worked with John on the road, John’s publicist, Bob Merlis, and I were impressed enough we both wanted to do something. Bob and I both joined the 1Matters Board of Directors and are working with John to build on something the music industry can support in a significant way,” said Sandler.

Crystal Bowersox is one of many musicians who supports the efforts of 1Matters.

The V.I.P. Premier Gala is co-chaired by Mayor Mike Bell, Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak, State Representative Teresa Fedor, Councilman Steve Steel, Samantha Platzke, Eric Hillenbrand, and Ken and Norma Leslie. It features a silent auction and raffle items, including two tickets to a Roger Daltrey concert, airfare to and hotel in Las Vegas.

The exhibit’s opening reception coincides with the “1 Walks – 1 Rocks –1Matters” event that supports World Homeless Day. The exhibit concludes the last weekend of October, the same weekend that 1Matters sponsors its annual Tent City in downtown Toledo.

1Matters is an all-volunteer organization founded by formerly homeless man-turned-comedian, Ken Leslie. The group has become expert in bringing entire communities and competitors together in community collaborations to care about, and care for, the unhoused. Through these collaborations and the help of the music industry, help is provided to get more individuals and families with children off the streets and into domestic autonomy.

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