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Volunteers Needed for PROOF: Media for Social Justice Benefit and Auction

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PROOF uses visual storytelling for genocide prevention and peacebuilding.

Bringing together photographers, documentarians, academics, and activists, PROOF creates exhibitions, publications, and on-site activities in nations with some of the world’s most troubled histories. PROOF’s exhibitions tell untold stories of acts of moral courage as well as document injustice and human rights abuses.

By partnering with local organizations in post-conflict societies, PROOF creates visual documentary projects that become sustainable educational tools in regions riven by recent armed conflict and atrocities. PROOF’s mission is to contribute to research and scholarship, develop educational materials for local and international use, and encourage activism and empowerment to promote social change.

On April 28, 2014 from 6-9pm, PROOF will hold its 4th annual photography auction at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in NYC’s Chelsea arts district.

The cocktail reception and photography exhibition is an excellent opportunity for guests to bid on extraordinary fine art photographs by notable photographers including Ruben Amador, Allen Ginsberg, Kenro Izu, Elliott Landy, Susan Meiselas, Prabir Purkayastha, Fazal Sheikh, Harvey Stein and many others.

The event will benefit PROOF’s innovative multi-media approach to visual storytelling, education and training programs that encourage public discourse on human rights abuses worldwide.

Students interested in volunteering should contact Barbara Gordon at

PROOF AUCTION EVENT                                                                                           

Monday, April 28th                                                                                                          
Sundaram Tagore Gallery

547 West 27th Street

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers will arrive at the event by 5PM and leave around 9:30-10pm.  Volunteers will be asked to work multiple tasks.

Front Desk:

Volunteers at front desk will be responsible for signing in guests that have pre-paid and collecting admission from walk-ins.

Raffle Sales:

There will be several items that will be raffled off during the event.  Volunteers will circulate among the guests and encourage them to buy raffle tickets.  They will collect the money and turn it over to the Raffle Captain.


Light h’orderves and sweets will be passed at the event.  Servers will work with the caterers, keep trays filled and circulate among guests passing trays of food.


Wine and other beverages will be served.  Bartenders will work the bar, making sure guests are served and keeping the bar area organized.

Removing Art from Walls:

Following the Event, all purchased photographs have to be removed from the walls and taken to the packing area.  At the end of the evening remaining photos must be removed as well.


All purchased photographs will need to be wrapped, labeled and given to check-out volunteers.  Wrapping materials will be provided.


All purchased photographs have to be paid for before they leave the gallery.  Check-out volunteers will take wrapped photographs from packers and collect money from purchasers.

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