With the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina and the utter devastation caused by it, we can certainly all think of ways to help. Matthew Mahler definitely had great idea for a Raleigh, NC Fundraiser hosted a Red Cross Hurricane Awareness fund raiser Thursday night. Matthew donated 18 paintings to the cause with the Hurricane Katrina disaster as the main theme. Held at the Big Easy, a New Orleans themed restaurant in downtown Raleigh, NC, Matthew and several other local artists put their talents on the auction block. Advertised as a “Evening of Art and Fine Wines”, the event was steeped in New Orleans style food, music and of course, art. My wife and I enjoyed the evening with Danielle Caspar, editor of Cary Magazine, and her husband Nick. Matthew was a very gracious host, stopping by each table and talking to every couple to rally support for a great cause.