From paintings, stained glass, and quilts to handmade cards, jewelry, and a Chinese screen, members of the Syracuse iSchool community and their friends are building up the inventory for an auction to benefit the Ray von Dran Fund.

Photos of the items and information about the work and the creator can be viewed online at 60. Among the artists are Amos Amit, Andrea Wiggins, Paula Bobrowski, Cathy Pence, Vince Petralito, Ruth Dukelow, and Connie Johnson.

Bidding begins online on Monday, July 26 and ends the evening of July 30 at the Forever 60 Celebration in Hinds Hall.

The Forever 60 event celebrates the life of Raymond F. von Dran, the iSchool’s beloved former dean who died one week before his 61st birthday in 2007. Tickets can be purchased for a minimum donation of $100, and includes a Dinosaur Bar B Que dinner, consisting of ribs and pulled pork, beans, coleslaw and cornbread, and dessert. A vegetarian option is also available.

In addition to the auction, the event features live music the iSchool Band; free parking; door prizes; and a cash bar.

For more information, visit, or contact Gisela von Dran at or 315-443-2086.