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Thank you for supporting the Pin & Art Auction

By: Andrew Whitmire

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first-ever Pin & Art Auction, which was a big hit because of you! When DI’s beloved Dr. Frank Begun generously donated his entire 20+ year pin collection to Destination Imagination, Inc., we knew we had something special and we wanted to make sure we could share it with as many people as possible while doing the most for the organization we all love and care for so deeply.

So, after many dedicated volunteers took the time and effort to sort, catalog, and photograph all of the pins for archival purposes, we curated 136 pin sets and 4 art items generously donated by DI alums and auctioned them off as part of the virtual Global Finals 2021 experience. That way, others could love, display and enjoy these iconic pins with friends and family for years to come. Each set even came with its own certificate of authenticity saying that it came from Dr. Frank’s collection.

Since this was the first time we had undertaken such a project, we weren’t sure how it would go. Thanks to you, DI was able to raise $9,595. All auction proceeds will go to support Destination Imagination’s mission to inspire and equip youth to imagine and innovate through the creative process.

If you weren’t able to get a set you love or missed out on this first auction, don’t worry. There are still thousands of pins to be auctioned off in future drops. Look for more information about our fall pin auction, which will take place just in time for the holidays.

Looking for more ways to support Destination Imagination? Please consider registering for our Run the World Virtual 5K event, running from September 1-29. Or you can always make a tax-deductible donation to DI through our secure donation portal. Every dollar you donate will go directly to supporting DI’s mission and you can be confident that your support will make a difference in ensuring DI can continue to inspire and equip youth to reach their creative potential all over the world.