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Tickets are still available for the "Heart of Art" benefit for the New York Police and Fire Widow's Fund, an open house and silent auction slated for all 25 galleries in Manhattan's Fuller Building on Friday, Oct. 26, 2001. The tickets for the evening gala, which runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., are $50. Proceeds benefit the NYPFWCF, which was established in 1985 by Mets catcher Daniel "Rusty" Staub to assist the families of police officers and firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty. The fund gives grieving families a $10,000 check immediately after they lose their loved ones. (In a normal year we have seven or eight police and fire casualties; this year we've had close to 400.)

For the silent auction, galleries and artists have donated over 70 works with a total value in excess of $300,000. The works are currently on view in a temporary gallery space on the Fuller Building fifth floor. Many of the works can be seen online; bids can be called in till 7 p.m. on Friday to (212) 319-3330. The selection of artworks is inspiring, and includes a great range of things, from a Paleolithic flint matrix at Frederick Schultz and a Western Han Dynasty pottery figure at J.J. Lally to an apple still life painted in 2001 by Norman Sunshine at Neuhoff Gallery and an oil and wax on paper abstraction from 2001 by William Wood at Danese Gallery.

The evening benefit should be quite an event; it features live music and wine bars on every floor, and Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez is expected to be on hand to introduce Rusty Staub himself.