There is a professional portrait artist in Laguna Hills, California named Enzie Shahmiri who you should know about. In 2007 Enzi painted a little Sudanese girl at a feeding center in Darfur for an online auction organized through the United Nations UNHCR. Unfortunately, the auction never took place and Ms. Caitlin Van Orden (Development Assistant - USA for UNHCR) suggested that Enzi raise funds by auctioning off the painting herself on Ebay.
Enzi is doing exactly that. The auction will take place on October 1st, 2008 on Ebay through Mission Fish and will run for approx. 10 days. 100% of all the proceeds will be donated to the UNHCR to benefit the people of Darfur. Above is a teaser, to see a full image of the painting, go to: http://enzieshahmiri.com/Sudanese-Girl.html. Enzi has also included a link where people who like to participate in spreading the word can find out how they can help further. It has my full endorsement!
Visit Enzi's Gallery at http://www.EnzieShahmiri.com
or her Blog at http://world-market-portraits.blogspot.com/