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April 11, 2011
Popular children's author donates artwork for local fundraiser

Little Gorilla-web.jpgCelebrated children's author and artist Ruth Bornstein has donated two pieces of artwork to be auctioned at a Sacramento fundraiser benefitting Type 1 diabetes research.

Bornstein has captivated generations of children with her short, sweet book "Little Gorilla" and donated an original illustration made for the book to the Northern California Inland Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for its gala auction, according to an e-mail from foundation volunteer Lyra Halprin.

Bornstein also donated a draft of the cover art for "That's How It Is When We Draw." The Paint Chip in Davis donated framing for the Bronstein artwork.

The foundation's Italy-Tuscany black-tie optional gala will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento. Tickets are $195 per person and are still available.

That's how it is-web.jpgThe 15th annual gala includes dinner, entertainment by classical violinist Giorgi Khokhobashvili and a Sacramento a capella group, olive oil tasting, wine tasting and a live and silent auction. Bronstein's pieces will be part of the silent auction, Halprin said.

Surewest Chairman Kirk Doyle will be honored at the gala for his tireless advocacy of finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

For ticket information, call (916) 920-0790 or email Kathy Hatten, JDRF special events coordinator, at

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