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HALO celebrates the 17th annual art auction aimed at serving homeless youth around the world


Personal auction item of Salma Hayek. // Courtesy HALO

A sanctuary for personal and creative expression can heal at-risk children. The HALO Foundation was created by Rebecca Welsh in 2005 to help homeless youth.

HALO will hold its 17th annual art auction virtually on February 25 in an effort to support thousands of homeless children around the world. Special appearances are expected by Oprah Winfrey, Salma Hayek, Bryce Dallas Howard and many others who pledge to donate their personal belongings and exclusive items to be auctioned off.

“Our work has become even more critical with so many children who lived on the edge of homelessness and are now in dire need of support,” said CEO Rebecca Welsh. “HALO is powered by volunteers, and this year we’re so proud to announce that Oprah will be joining us again along with other actors, artists, and musicians who will all lend their voices to help. Any donation can make a difference, small or large.


“HALO loves kids in a new way of life,” says Oprah Winfrey, who participated in the 2021 HALO Art Auction.

The HALO documentary short, HALO Stories: Ziere, will also be broadcast live on Friday and is sure to touch the hearts of bidders and viewers alike. The pre-show will begin at 6:30 p.m. CST with the official schedule airing from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Ziere’s inspiring story of becoming a ‘walking miracle’ began when his mother received news of his heart defect at the time of his birth, and he was expected to live only a few days. At 19, Ziere now plays for HALO’s AAU basketball team, Halo Heat, and has the opportunity to reach his full potential.

While presenting stories that defy the odds, Welsh and her dedicated team focused on helping children as they witnessed the rise in the number of homeless young people in the global pandemic. With the increase in the number of volunteers, their goal was to reach more children than the previous year.

HALO’s local learning center and housing program gave the children an evolution to excel beyond the measures. HALO alumnus Marjai Neals’ poem “My Dream Home” sold for $11,000 during the live auction, demanding the attention of viewers, including Oprah.

“HALO worked behind the scenes of my artistic evolution. They invited me to open mics and talent shows to showcase my poetry,” says Marjai Neals. “They believed in my gift and fueled my passions before I took it seriously. HALO is my family. They knew me when I was 9 years old. I’m 21 now and we’re still in touch. I feel like it shows how much of an impact they have had on my life.

The live, silent auction will be featured on The CBS Evening News with special musical performances by Sledge ft. Sledgendary (Grammy Award nominee, “We Are Family”), Blessing Offor and Tigirlily. You can register to bid and participate in the HALO Art Auction here.

Interested viewers can join a viewing party or host their own for family and friends.

About Special Guests and Exclusive Auction Items:

  • Oprah Winfrey: talk show host, media executive, actress, author and philanthropist. Winfrey donated two pairs of shoes signed by Sophia Webster and Jimmy Choo.
  • Salma Hayek: actress and producer. Hayek donated a day and night bag. The day bag is a one-of-a-kind Gucci bag with the letter “S” for Salma. Her overnight bag is a black Tyler Ellis ‘Perry’ clutch worn at the premiere of Eternals by Marvel Studios.
  • Gillian Flynn: author of Sharp objects, dark placesand Missing girl-who have all three suitable for film or television. Flynn donated books from his private collection with a personalized message.
  • Jack Barker, 16: Ccreator of the new JacksMonstars NFT art collection. Jack donated a Monstar designed specifically for HALO.
  • Riley Smith: actor and musical artist. Smith donated an autographed pair of his Ryan Hudson character boots from Riley’s lead role on CW Nancy Drew.
  • Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: English model and actress. She donated white leather Salvatore Ferragamo shoulder bag.
  • Sophie Grace, 15: 2021 Emmy Award Winner for her role as Kristy Thomas on Babysitters Club. Grace donated three items from her closet, including a pair of earrings she made.
  • Tamara Day: interior designer and host of Magnolia Network Mansions to be negotiated. Day donated artwork by Lorra Kurtz, as seen in Season 4 of bargain mansions.
  • Walker Hayes: 2022 Grammy nominee for Best Country Song, ‘Fancy Like,’ performed at the Kansas City Chiefs’ AFC Championship game. Hayes donated an autographed basketball, two tickets, and a backstage encounter at any Fancy Like Tour concert.