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Picasso lithograph joins Relay 'team'

Lithograph will be part of silent auction for May 31 Relay For Life.

Posted: April 27, 2008 7:13 p.m.
Updated: June 28, 2008 5:02 a.m.

The local Relay For Life fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held at Central Park on May 31. As part of the efforts to raise money there will be a silent auction.

One valuable item recently donated to that auction was a lithograph of the famous Pablo Picasso painting "Buste de homme au chapeau," painted in 1914. The lithograph was donated by Robyn Zakar of Valencia Water Company in memory of her father.

"Last year my father Gerry Stein passed away from pancreatic cancer," Zakar wrote. "Because my father loved Picasso art, it seemed only fitting that I should donate one of his lithographs in honor of his name for the silent auction.

"The value of the art is $3,400 and we are very grateful for B & R Gallery in Canyon Country, who graciously donated the beautiful frame (worth $800) that made this picture come to life."

The lithograph will be displayed at Valencia Water Company through April 29. After that it will be displayed at the atrium at Newhall Land. It will also be displayed at Central Park during the Relay For Life. The starting bid for the lithograph is $500 and anyone interested in viewing it or making a bid can contact Beverly Johnson at Valencia Water Company (661) 294-0828.

Zakar is a member of a team called the Newhall Islanders that is entered in the Relay For Life. The team includes employees of Valencia Water Company, Newhall Land and Lennar Homes. To date, the team has raised $7,900 for the cause, and another $2,000 has been committed, for a total of $9,900.

Anyone interested in making a donation to the American Cancer Society for the Newhall Islanders team can donate online at or send a check, payable to the American Cancer Society, to Valencia Water Company, 24631 Ave. Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.


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