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Art Auction Proceeds Will Create Nursing Scholarships

It is an art show and auction to honor a spouse and to benefit local nursing students. Retired surgeon and local artist Abdul Wahhab, MD, has planned the special event for Oct. 13, 14 and 15 to honor his wife of 50 years, Zarina, by creating a scholarship in her name to assist nursing students.

The “Works of Wahhab” will take place in the Wall Auditorium of LVH–Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street. The silent auction will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday.

Schuylkill Area Community Foundation (SACF) is serving as the sponsor and organizer of this event. “We are very excited to help Dr. Wahhab establish the Zarina Wahhab Nursing Scholarship Fund,” says Amanda Campbell, Executive Director of SACF. This scholarship will provide needed financial assistance to nursing students who attend the Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing at LVHN, which is located in Pottsville.

Known for his florals, detail and brilliant colors, Wahhab has created 100 original framed pieces ready for any office, den, family room or other viewing area. “I am humbled that many of my patients and friends have enjoyed my paintings,” Wahhab says. “Zarina has been with me every step of the way on my journey as a student, physician, parent and artist. This scholarship is a tribute to Zarina; wife, mother, and supporter of so many programs in our community.”

Silent auction attendees can visit the Wall Auditorium during the specified days/times, view the artwork and place their bid as appropriate. Each painting has a fair market value of $100, which will be the opening bid. In typical silent auction formatting, people can bid in increments of $25 on a particular painting. On the final day of the auction, the highest bidder will be awarded the painting. Cash, check (made out to Schuylkill Area Community Foundation), credit card and PayPal are all accepted forms of payment. All purchases are tax deductible to the amount allowed by law.

Members and colleagues of the Lehigh Valley Hospital–Auxiliary and LVH­–Schuylkill have volunteered to help with this project.

For more information, call the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation at 570-624-7223 or visit sacfoundation.com.