SPLASH Gala Raises over $1.5M at Annual Arts Umbrella Fundraiser

SPLASH Gala Raises over $1.5M at Annual Arts Umbrella Fundraiser
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Canada’s leading non-profit organization for youth arts education – Arts Umbrella – held its most successful event to date with another unique adaptation of its annual Splash Art Auction & Gala. For an incredible 39-years, Arts Umbrella has connected guests at Splash with acclaimed artists from BC and beyond and has raised more than $9 million in net proceeds to date.

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The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is a stunning backdrop for the artwork to be auctioned | Photo: Helen Siwak

Held on a slightly raining Saturday evening, the fundraiser welcomed more than 600 art aficionados, patrons, creatives, and business and community leaders, virtually and in-person at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The evening of entertainment, student performances, and a spectacular art auction was a welcome relief for those who have been needing a dressy night out with bubbles.

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The evening’s entertainment provided by Arts Umbrella | Photo: SPLASH

The swanky gala raised funds that go towards vital scholarships and bursaries, ensuring arts-oriented youth from across Metro Vancouver have equitable access to the arts. For those into art that is wearable, there was a raffle sponsored by the legendary Tiffany & Co. of a gorgeous HardWear graduated link necklace in 18K valued at $16,200. At $100 each, the 250 tickets sold out very quickly!

Congrats to the Team Behind SPLASH Art Auction & Gala

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L-R: David Sung, Nicola Wealth & Arts Umbrella Foundation Vice-Chair / Tom Ferries, Arts Umbrella Board Chair / Christie Garofalo, Co-Chair / Fred Lee, Host / Paul Larocque, President & CEO of Arts Umbrella / Bruce Munro Wright, Co-Chair

“I am incredibly proud of what we achieved at this year’s Splash Art Auction & Gala,” says Paul Larocque, President & CEO of Arts Umbrella. “The success of this year’s event is a testament to Arts Umbrella’s creativity and resiliency as well as the community’s commitment to youth arts education. The funds raised this year are remarkable and will allow us to continue inspiring young peoples’ lives for the better.”

Raise Those Paddles – There is an Art Auction Happening!

In advance of the live event on October 23, guests and the public were able to browse and place bids on artworks donated by renowned artists such as Stan DouglasDana Claxton, and Angela Grossmann. The event, emceed by personalities Gloria Macarenko and Fred Lee, and co-chaired by avid arts supporters Christie Garofalo and Bruce Munro Wright, brought the live auction experience to all with auctioneer Hank Bull interacting with the venue guests in real-time.

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Hank Bull auctioning Jack Darcus‘ ‘Spring Pond 2021’ | Photo: SPLASH
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Julia Dault‘s ‘Stardust from Tomorrow’ | Photo: SPLASH

SPLASH – A Gorgeous Affair for a Great Cause

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Our City Tonight interviewing Marie Khouri. Watch for a segment on CHEK TV soon | Photo: Helen Siwak
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PR Maven Jill Killeen & Ultra-Luxury Retailer Manuel Bernaschek (Stefano Ricci, Fazioli) | EcoLuxLuv Comms’ Helen Siwak & Jorge Ramos (League Models) | Photos: Helen Siwak
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Awe-inspiring sculpture ‘Les Fleurs du Mal III’ by Marie Khouri with Russna Kaur‘s ‘the echo, the depth’ | The perfect dress to complement painting by Joseph Tisiga called ‘The moment before, the moment after’ | Photos: Helen Siwak
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Lone Wolf (Double) by Ewan McNeil | Photo: Helen Siwak
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Colleen Heslin‘s ‘a reflective plane between two medium’ | Photo: Helen Siwak

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Helen Siwak is passionate about content creation, marketing, shopping secondhand, promoting a vegan lifestyle, and supporting organizations and activists fighting against the status quo. She is the founder and president of EcoLuxLuv Communications (Folio.YVR Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, EcoLuxLifestyle.co), and V.E.G. Networking Group  | helen@ecoluxluv.com.
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