The walls of MY Millennium Place are typically adorned with the
creations of artists from throughout the Sea to Sky region, but for the entire
month of October, the venue is playing host to a special exhibition, entitled
Art With Heart, to raise money for the Whistler Health Care Foundation.
Sue Adams is chair of the fundraising committee for the
Whistler Health Care Foundation.
This is the second year for the foundation’s Indulge gala,
which is designed to raise funds to upgrade medical equipment, supplies and
facilities, which are above and beyond the scope of local health care budgets.
Since the foundation was launched in 1995, they’ve raised $808,000, plus an
additional $1,230,000 specifically for their CT scanner campaign.
“We’re not replacing government funding by any means,
whatsoever,” Adams emphasized.
In an active outdoor community such as Whistler, Adams agreed
that there are many people who have been in need of the medical equipment and
services made possible by the foundation’s fundraising efforts. Well, now’s
their chance to give back, and have a good time while they’re at it.
The second annual Indulge gala will take place on Saturday,
Nov. 29 at the Westin Resort & Spa. And this year, on top of all of the
fine wine and dining offered throughout the evening, there will be an artistic
twist on the night.
Organizers have decided to hold a live auction, which includes
a number of getaways to places like San Francisco, Seattle, and Scotsdale. But
they’re also planning a silent auction during the reception, with 20 pieces of
stunning artwork up for grabs.
“Last year, we didn’t have a silent auction, and there were a
number of comments from the people that attended the gala who said, “oh, I
still had money in my pocket when I left. There wasn’t anything for me to
buy!’” Adams recalled.
“…The reason that we didn’t have one is because the community
is so generous and there are so many people asking for auction items and
whatever, and we wanted to try and make it a little bit different. So we
thought a lot about how we could make this work so it was going to be a win-win
situation — something that was going to be really useful for the artists
and also give us an opportunity to make money.”
So they decided to appeal to local artists, galleries and
businesses to donate pieces, with the idea that the auction would give them
additional exposure and help raise money for the foundation at the same time.