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 PITTSBURGH, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Nationally known artist Rita Asfour will be the guest as Chambers Development Company, Inc. holds its third annual art fundraiser to raise money for the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Leukemia Society of America and the Rangos Research Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh on Thursday, Oct. 7.
 The "Art of Giving" will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Investment Grade Auto Showroom in Penn Hills, Pa. Contributions are $300 per couple or $150 per person. Sponsored by Chambers Development and its president John G. Rangos Sr., last year's "Art of Giving" raised $184,500. In two years, the "Art of Giving" has raised more than $307,000.
 This year's "Art of Giving" theme is "Crusin' for a Cure." People will have the opportunity to buy artwork, while viewing vintage antique automobiles.
 Asfour, who will be on hand to sign prints, is donating one original oil painting to the "Art of Giving" event. The painting will be featured on the cover of the event program. It will serve as the first original of a series of six limited edition replicas to be marketed nationally to benefit the "Art of Giving" and leukemia research. This first in the series will consist of 200 signed and numbered limited edition lithographs for sale to benefit the "Art of Giving."
 Born in 1933 to an Armenian/American family, Asfour grew up abroad attending French schools where her artistic tendencies were nourished from early childhood.
 After earning her bachelor's degree in 1959, she traveled throughout Europe, financing her adventures with a successful career as an illustrator. Her illustrations appear in hundreds of children's magazines, art books and advertisements, including many magazine covers.
 She traveled to Los Angeles, where she met Sam Markitante, an 80-year-old Renoir School painter, who took her as a private student. His influence on her had a lasting effect. She blended the classical techniques with illustrative skills from which she earned her living. Inspired, she continued her travels in the Americas, the South Seas and again to Europe.
 Asfour creates in several mediums including oil on canvas, pastel on board and paper relief. Many of her works are romantic images of children occupied by simple joys or anticipation.
 Works of art by Bernie Fuch, G. Harvey, Don Hatfield, Henri Plisson and John Powell will also be on display. In addition, Maser Galleries of Shadyside will have artwork on display.
 "We are proud to be a sponsor in presenting this third annual art preview," said Rangos. "The funds raised from the event will provide needed monies for vital research as the Rangos Research Center continues in finding a cure for leukemia and all diseases that affect children and adults."
 For more information on "The Art of Giving," please call 412-244-6958.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Leonard of Chambers Development, 412-244-7560/

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