BATAVIA – With the reign of Bulldogs Unleashed on Batavia’s city streets ending for the charity auction of some of the sculptures Sept. 15, numerous community supporters have been part of the creative effort to raise funds to be shared by the Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence, Batavia Parks Foundation and the Batavia Public Library Foundation.
Among the supporters is BEI Properties, which commissioned art for its 2018 bulldog to specifically celebrate its 2017 acquisition of Miscella Real Estate, a news release stated.
When the charity project debuted in 2011, BEI bought five bulldogs that go on display each spring outside its properties. This time around, it connected with award-winning artist Dana Parisi to bring her back for a new design, which highlights buildings BEI owns and manages in Batavia and Geneva. It’s titled “A Tail of Two Cities.”
In 2011, Parisi was one of the artists selected to create a public mural in the city. Her piece, “Batavia Through the Seasons,” is visible from Water Street along the west side of BEI Properties’ industrial building at 180 Water St.
“During my involvement in Bulldogs Unleashed, I discovered the amazing art scene in Batavia and found more ways to get involved,” Parisi stated in the release. “I love that residents of Batavia have enthusiastically supported the arts, which has resulted in a flourishing creative community.”
Tickets for the live auction festivities are available at bulldogsunleashed.org.
The dogs up for auction can be viewed at bulldogsunleashed.org/auction-event. The $65 ticket price includes open bar, live entertainment and locally catered food and desserts. Doors open at 6 p.m. for previewing the bulldogs at 14 N. Van Buren St. Food and beverages will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the auction will start at 8 p.m.