Michael Patellis, PJ Lynch, Anthony Rivera, Richard English


The evening’s auction was hosted by the renowned Auctioneer and Host of the Fine Art Auction Channel Richard English, who truly was the hit of the evening.

The Fine Art Auction Channel raised tens of thousands of dollars for BIT on March 18th, 2022:  the Atlanta-based global art-centric entertainment platform was delighted to be a sponsor of the evening, donating several important art works to the gala’s auction.  The Fine Art Auction presents to a global audience the most significant contemporary and urban artists of our time, as well as the most-important 20th and 21st Century Artists and the venerable Masters.

“The Fine Art Auction is thrilled to be part of this important BIT inaugural charity event as we help enable workplace access for the disabled.   In fact, our auctioneer for the evening was mentored by one of world’s leading auctioneers, who happened to have been blind.  It was an amazing evening of fun, education, and entertainment .. all for a great cause and we are proud to have been able to raise monies beyond anyone’s expectations.”

PJ Lynch
CEO, The Fine Art Auction
Advisory Board Member, Blind Institute of Technology

“It is with profound pleasure that I have the opportunity to assist The Blind Institute of Technology in their inaugural fundraiser at The Georgia Aquarium. This is a very special event to me personally as I have enjoyed the skill and ability over the last 35 years in the auction industry thanks to my mentor, the late Mr. Roy.L.J. Lipman Esq. who was the only registered blind Auctioneer in The United Kingdom.

Roy gave me my start and imparted his incredible gift to me in London 5 decades ago and now I am honored to help raise funds to give sight impaired individuals the chance to be independent for the rest of their lives through the incredible guidance of the Blind Institute of Technology.

This event has inspired me to devote more my life to giving back in the way I know best by generating fun, excitement and frenzied support through auction for those in need”.

The evening also served as the premiere of EdgGuide : a mobile application that is field tested and proven to allow the blind and visually impaired visitors the feeling of independence as it guides users through a safe step by step tour of the facility using a combination of audio descriptions and haptic sensors. The platform delivers detailed audio descriptions and describes points of interest..

BIT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing workplace development and inclusive employment solutions for individuals with disabilities.  BIT helps ready individuals with disabilities for success in the workplace as well as aids the employers who hire them.