Statue raffle to benefit Duk Lost Boys Clinic

To support the Duk Lost Boys Clinic in Duk Payuel, Sudan, the Skaneateles AAUW group is sponsoring a raffle of a sculpture donated by local artist James Slowik titled "The Faceless of Darfur." All proceeds from the raffle will go to the clinic.

The clinic was founded by "Lost Boy" John Dau. Dau has settled in Syracuse and was one of the subjects of the recent movie, "God Grew Tired of Us," about the experience of Mr. Dau and other Lost Boys. Dau refused simply to enjoy his hard-earned good fortune in surviving; instead, he chose to build a clinic in the Sudan. Through efforts of volunteers from Skaneateles' First Presbyterian Church and others, the clinic has been built, but it needs ongoing support. The clinic opened its doors in May of 2007 and has already provided more than 3000 patients' visits.

Tickets for the sculpture will be available until May 3 at a price of $2 each, three for $5, and eight for $10. To view the sculpture, visit the Skaneateles Artisans in Skaneateles (291-3116).

The final chance to buy tickets will be at AAUW's annual Issues at Breakfast, open to the public, held at Skaneateles Country Club on Saturday, May 3, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Speaking will be Catherine Bertini, Profess or Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship of Syracuse University. Ms. Bertini, who teaches humanitarian action and nutrition policy, is the former Executive Director of The World Food Program for the United Nations, and is a current member of the Gates Foundation, will discuss the pivotal role of women in food distribution. The public is invited to this event ($15, call 685-3500), but the winner of the raffle does not have to be present to win.

For more information about the clinic and Skaneateles' connection to the clinic, see

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