BALTIMORE — One of the (many) things we will remember about 2020 is wearing a mask, and a local charity fund is using the face mask to raise money for two good causes.
The MASKerade Baltimore is a virtual auction of more than 100 beautifully crafted masks. These masks aren't meant to be worn, they are designed to be a piece of artwork.
MASKerade is helping out in two ways. 60 percent of the money raised will go to the LGBTQ Fund of the Baltimore Community Foundation, which seeks to fund local organizations helping people in the LGBTQ community.
"We’re really helping organizations that focus on the LGBTQ community and do the hard work that they’re doing in helping out, not just youth but seniors as well," said Jon Kaplan, a member of the LGBTQ Fund. "And there are just so many great organizations doing awesome work that we’re happy to support and honored to support."
The remaining 40 percent of the money raised will go back to the artists who created the masks. Artists, like many, are struggling during the pandemic. Kaplan said they're happy to show support to the arts community.
"We really had a great time working with the artists and the community to create something really fun because its so important. And a mask can be representative of your personality and who you are," said Kaplan.
The MASKerade Baltimore auction will end at 10 p.m. on Friday November 13. To see the masks and make a bid, click here.