Bridging art & humanity

Founder Thomas G. Abraham w/ legend Stan Lee

Rarely do sports, art, entertainment and charity come together in such a dynamic manner, as is the case with the StarArt Foundation. Thomas G. Abraham, Chairman & Founder of the Foundation, said, "Sports, Music and the Arts have a powerful influence on the community and the world at large."

The Foundation, which launched the Miracle Rock Concert Series, as its first endeavor became the vehicle for tapping into those industries and involving them in a very positive and dynamic way." Thus, The Foundation acts as a conduit, providing the art for fundraising projects for various charities that otherwise would never have access to such a wealth of incredible international talent.

A painting by P. A. Breccia of Italy formed the basis for the official Miracle Rock design and StarArt Foundation "Miracle Rock" Award, and art by Romero Britto became the logo for the Foundation itself. Miracle Rock fundraisers feature the support of such international entertainers as The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Tina Turner, Luther Vandros, En Vogue, Yanni, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Kenny G, Bette Midler and James Taylor etc.. These concerts have been promoted using art by international acclaimed artists such as Carlos Aresti- Paris, Romero Britto-Brazil, Rick Garcia- Phoenix, Kenny Scharff-N.Y. City, Rolf Knie-Switzerland, Helmut Koller-Palm Beach, and Manabu Kochi ­Paris (also the official artist of the 38th annual GRAMMY Awards).

The Foundation continues to work on developing new projects and is open to any new requests for creative endeavors for the benefit of charities. The mission of the StarArt Foundation is a simple one, but far-reaching in scope and passionate in its goal "To be a Bridge Between Art and Humanity."

"Star" logo painted by Manabu Kochi

StarArt Foundation Logo by Romero Britto


How did the StarArt Foundation come to exist? The StarArt Foundation was founded as a result of Thomas G. Abraham’s Miracle Rock series of fundraising projects to benefit St. Jude's Children’s Reasearch Hospital, of which he is an active board member.

Who has benefited from the StarArt Foundation’s efforts? A great many - large and small; international and national; local and regional; civic and humanitarian - wherever the need may be determined, including: St. Judes, UNICEF, Hurricane Andrew Relief Concert, The Red Cross, The America’s Cup, The Miami 1996 Centennial, Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art, The Inner City Games, and more.

Why do StarArt projects generate such attention & enthusiasm? One look at the portfolio of original art the Foundation has assembled will answer that - the incredible styles and talents of Romero Britto, Rick Garcia, Carlos Aresti, Manabu Kochi, Kenny Scharf, Rolf Knie and Pier Augusto Breccia in conjunction with entertainers like The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston,Yanni and others.

How does the art itself feature in one of the Foundation’s projects? The original art is created by an artist and donated to the Foundation for use with a particular project. The art is then used in the design and development of posters, T-Shirts, Limited Edition Lithographs, and other items that are then marketed and sold to benefit a specific charity.

How does a corporate sponsor benefit from becoming involved in one of the Foundation projects? Primarily, each project promotes increased visibility and awareness of the corporate sponsor and/or its products or services. But, additionally, it enables the sponsor to participate in a project that will benefit those in need, without having to be directly responsible for the management and production of the project on a day-to-day basis.

How do you see the role of the Foundation evolving in the years to come? We will, of course, continue to be involved with more of the world’s top artists, entertainers and corporate sponsors. We see a very important need to support the fine arts especially with government support of the N.E.A. facing the possibility of being cut completely. We believe that there needs to be a real focus on promoting awareness and gaining support from both the private and public sector for the arts. We need to support the fine arts or they will cease to evolve.