Thank You Everyone for a Great 25th Annual Cartoons & Cocktails Charity Auction


Photograph of DC United soccer star Robbie Russell, CRNI Deputy Director Drew Rougier-Chapman, and Young D.C. volunteers Kyla Whitmore and Peter Berg by Nik Kowsar

Cartoonists Rights Network International once again thanks all the volunteers who donated their time and efforts, all the talented cartoonists who donated their artwork, and all the fans of cartoons who championed our local youth and everyone's free speech rights.  Thank you so much making the 2012 Cartoons & Cocktails Charity Auction a fun and successful event.  CRNI also thanks DC United soccer star Robbie Russell, Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, and two-time Super Bowl champion Jim Stuckey for helping to make this year's Cartoons & Cocktails a memorable event.

Photograph of DC United star Robbie Russelll by Nik Kowsar

First and foremost, we would like to thank all the cartoonists who generously donated their work.  We also thank The Washington Post for donating a Herblock cartoon, Judy and Taylor Hines for donating an Ann Telnaes cartoon, Bill Janocha for donating a George Fett cartoon, and, Andrew Hagan for donating a Jeff MacNelly cartoon.   We thank our clients - who keenly appreciate how precious and vulnerable free speech is - Bahadir Baruter, Oleg Minich, Dan Murphy, Kianoosh Ramazani, Mohammad Sabaaneh, Jonathan "Zapiro" Shapiro, and, Rayma Suprani. We thank the cartoonists who attended this year's event and met some of their fans.  Thank you:


Photograph of Kevin "KAL" Kallaugher and Matt Wuerker by Nik Kowsar

We give an especially big thank you to Rajan Sedalia.  In addition to drawing caricatures for our guests, Rajan donated cartoons and a pair of his shoes fit for a museum.  

Photograph by Nik Kowsar of Young D.C. tech editor Peter Berg with artwork by Rajan Sedalia

We thank those cartoonists who donated their work despite not being able to attend this fun event which was held at the National Press Club on November 15, 2012.   Thank you:

Thank you to all our sponsors.  Without the support of the following folks, there simply wouldn't have been an event.  An especially big thank you to:  

Thank you to all our volunteers.  You not only made the event possible but you also made the event a whole lot of fun.  A few of the individuals who shined offstage include:

  • Kathleen Reilly Mannix, Chairman, 25th Cartoons & Cocktails and Executive Director, Young D.C.
  • Emily Gaines Brigham
  • Sally Mannix
  • Jim Hanessian
  • Carol Lange
  • Deilia Butler
  • Anne Henochowicz
  • Nancy Osborn
  • Ann Ragland
  • Malie Russell
  • Carol Knopes
  • CRNI Board Member Nik Kowsar
  • Judy Hines
  • Young D.C.'s Staffers

The following individuals shined in the spotlight as celebrity auctioneers:

We also send a big thank you to Coordinator Ronnie Gold.  

CRNI thanks former Miami Dolphin quarterback Dan Marino, former San Francisco Forty-Niner defensive lineman Jim Stuckey, and, DC United soccer star Robbie Russell for their unique and frankly very cool contributions to this year's event.  Deputy Director Drew Rougier-Chapman had the great honor of auctioning Robbie Russell's DC United game jersey signed by Robbie and his DC United teammates, a Super Bowl XIX pennant signed by former Miami Dolphin quarterback Dan Marino, a Miami Dolphin helmet signed by Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, and, a photograph from Super Bowl XIX signed by Dan Marino and former San Francisco Forty-Niner defensive lineman Jim Stuckey.  All those items were auctioned with a truly great original cartoon from South African cartoonist Jonathan "Zapiro" Shapiro, and, a very funny, signed print from our good friend Jeff Parker at Florida Today.      


Cartoon by Jonathan "Zapiro' Shapiro from the Johannesburg Sunday Times


Cartoon by Florida Today cartoonist Jeff Parker

Lastly, we thank everyone who attended.  We look forward to seeing you at next year's Cartoons & Cocktails.