- Associated Press - Sunday, March 9, 2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware art collector is donating more than 100 original artworks to Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County to be auctioned off this week to benefit the charity.

The News Journal (http://delonline.us/1fXuZAT ) reports collector Dick Poole and his wife, Elisa, will have their works auctioned off Friday at the University of Delaware’s Wilmington campus.

Many of the works were previously on display at the couple’s AerieArt Gallery in Rehoboth Beach until it closed un 2012. The collection includes many works by Delaware artists including Jack Lewis, Ralph Scharff, Carol Balick and Jeanette Slocomb Edwards.

The sale comes after Poole was diagnosed with advanced intestinal cancer. The retired lawyer said his art collection from travels in Europe, South America and Asia has been a consolation for him. Poole’s cancer is now in remission. Elisa Poole has been diagnosed with advanced Alzheimer’s disease.

Pool also has decided to donate more than 50 pieces of art to the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover and Wilmington’s Delaware Historical Society.

Pre-sales of additional art contributed by the Pooles to Habitat for Humanity and sponsorships have already raised about $26,000 for the charity. Habitat of New Castle CEO Kevin Smith called the donation “a substantial and historical gift.”

The Habitat for Humanity chapter has built or renovated 218 homes and improved 53 facades since its founding in 1986.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com