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Dion Abadi attends “Cheers for Children” and Donates Artwork

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Dion Abadi donates artwork and a large check to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

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Whenever given the opportunity, Dion Abadi tries to give back to his community and namely to children. One of his favorite organizations is Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which hosts the “Cheers for Children” event each year. At last year’s event, Dion Abadi surprised the event holders with his expensive and beautiful donation of artwork for the children’s wing of one of the local hospitals. With his donation was also a large check that he got many of his colleagues to contribute to. It did not take much convincing when he explained what the event was and who it was for.

 

“If there is anyone I want to help, it is the children of the greater Atlanta area. The foundation does so much work for families who have children with serious illnesses and those who cannot afford proper treatments. As a business owner and member of this community, I wanted to help,” says Dion Abadi. His donation certainly helps put smiles on many people’s faces as they walk down the hallway in the hospital. And the financial donation will go a long way.

 

“Dion Abadi is such a support to us here at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He goes the extra mile in his charity and does so from the heart,” said the director.

 

When Dion Abadi was a child, he suffered some health problems and always remembered hearing the stress in his parents’ voices when they were talking about money. He was lucky enough to get better and stronger, but always recalled that feeling. Dion Abadi has made it a point as a successful business owner to reach out to these organizations and make donations that matter.

 

“The soft spot Dion Abadi has for children – not only his own – is what fuels his generosity,” says his wife. The roar of the applause at “Cheers for Children” for Dion Abadi’s charity was thanks enough for the prestigious businessman. He thinks of his own children and is so thankful that they are healthy. But he also worries about what he would do if something were to happen to them. He hopes that someone, like him, would be there to help if he needed it

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2010 Art Auctioneer of the Year Dion Abadi

Dion Abadi is awarded Art Auctioneer of the Year in 2010 and truly enjoys his celebration.

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Picture this: a beautiful gala where everyone is sipping champagne and wearing handsome tuxedos and gowns. A nervous Dion Abadi sits at a table with his wife and some of his closest colleagues, who either work for him or compete against him. He is laughing, as if he is not worried about what is about to be announced during this gala. On the inside, he is as nervous as a child on the first day of kindergarten. When his name is announced as the Art Auctioneer of the Year for 2010 – which makes it his third time winning – he jumps to his feet with a huge smile and strides over to collect his prize. Quite comfortable behind a microphone, Dion Abadi makes the crowd laugh with a few witty anecdotes about his experiences in the business.

All Dion Abadi knows is art and how to auction it off. He eats, sleeps and breathes art auctions. On that lovely night in Chamblee, Georgia, he was recognized for the third time as Art Auctioneer of the Year. “After winning in previous years, you would think I wouldn’t be so nervous or worried about winning. But I was nervous, because it is such an honor and it means so much to me,” said a proud Dion Abadi as he held his third gold plaque.

Fancy clothes and champagne aside, Dion Abadi cares so much for his art auction business, for his employees and most of all for his clients. This is what comes through whenever anyone deals with Dion Abadi. He creates trust almost immediately and adds humor and levity to almost any situation he is in. “I would never, ever buy art from anyone else. I was so glad when Dion Abadi became licensed in South Carolina because that is where I live and buy my art,” said a prominent art owner at the gala.

Dion Abadi headed home that night with his shiny, new gold plaque nestled in the back seat of his car. His wife smiled at him and said she was so proud of him and all the success he generates. What an amazing day for Dion Abadi!

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Dion Abadi Donates Art to Jewish Family & Career Services

Dion Abadi gets so much joy from donating a wonderful piece of artwork to one of his favorite community centers.

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When he is not working the auction circuit, buried in paperwork or spending time with his family, Dion Abadi is thinking about how to give back to the community. One such organization that is near and dear to Dion Abadi’s heart is the Jewish Family & Career Services center headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. This organization provides services for the elderly, career services, counseling, and services for people with disabilities. Their services are available to all members of the community, not just for those who are Jewish. Dion Abadi respects this organization and has spent time volunteering for them in the past.

Dion Abadi was not looking to make an art donation to the Jewish Family & Career Services center, but sometimes art just comes upon you. “When I recently acquired this particular piece, I told my assistant to put it aside. I just had a feeling that I had to do something special with it – other than try to auction it off. This rarely happens to me but when it does, I stop and pay attention,” said Dion Abadi. Later, he stopped by the center’s offices, and realized that the artwork he had set aside was the perfect piece for their office lobby.

The next time Dion Abadi visited the office, he had the huge gift wrapped in brown paper. He asked to meet with the director and said it was very important. Dion Abadi delights in surprising people and gets such a charge from being able to give. “What Dion Abadi gave us that day was an amazing piece of artwork, and I was completely shocked when he said it was for us to keep and display. The piece brought such beauty to the office and completed the harmonious atmosphere we are always striving for – both for our staff and clients,” the director of the Jewish Family & Career Services center said. Dion Abadi was so happy to share with them, especially when he knew how much the piece meant to them. When he told the director how much the artwork was worth, she nearly fainted, and promised to protect it with her life!

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