Gala organziers getting set for fundraisier
Rocky View Publishing
It’s that time of year again, the AIRdirondack Gala is set to kick off Sept. 21 at McArthur Fine Furniture in Airdrie.
The tickets to the live auction are on sale now and according to organizers, it is well worth the price.
“This is the one event that Creative Airdrie does, where the money is used to help develop and promote arts within the community and develop more projects,” said Sherry Shaw-Froggatt, marketing and communications with Creative Airdrie.
Eleven chairs that are hand painted by local artists will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Dress code for the event is formal, as the “encouraged” black-tie evening gives fans of the arts a chance to dress up.
This year, the entertainment will be provided by Johnny Summers and his Little Big Band, a Calgary based jazz band that will keeps everyone dancing all night long.
The event also includes appetizers by Red Tree catering, desserts by Avenue Cakery and Bakeshoppe and a silent auction.
“Four years ago, we did it as a way to promote local artists,” she said. “The first gala was held at Woodside (Golf Course) and raised $7,000 through the auction of the chairs.”
For the past three years, the event has been held at McArthur Fine Furniture, giving it an upscale atmosphere.
This year, local artists submitted their concept to the committee for the chairs designs and officials with Creative Airdrie voted on the best ones.
“What you see are the best we’ve had,” she said.
The chairs usually go for $1,000 with the highest bid around $2,000, according Shaw-Froggatt.
“We usually have about 120 people that come,” she said.
“We are hoping for more this year as we have a capacity to host 200.”
The events kicks off at 7 p.m. at McArthur Fine Furniture on Gateway Drive NE and Shaw-Froggatt encourages all residents to come to the high-end evening.
“I would like to see it continue to grow, (attendees) have a really great time, there’s nothing like it in Airdrie,” she said.
Tickets are $100 and are available at www.2013airdirondackgala.eventbrite.ca