Betty Johnson performs during the third annual Art and Wine Gala fundraiser for the North Okanagan Community Life Society at the Eclectic Med Saturday.

Betty Johnson performs during the third annual Art and Wine Gala fundraiser for the North Okanagan Community Life Society at the Eclectic Med Saturday.

Annual gala raises $60,095

The combination of art, wine and food was a success for an organization that helps adults with developmental disabilities.

The North Okanagan Community Life Society’s third annual Art and Wine Gala raised $60,095 Saturday.

“The 74 guests were served an amazing five-course meal by Andrew and Dawn at the Eclectic Med restaurant,” said Garry Molitwenik, executive director.

“Colin Hamilton and Maggie Voisey from the Village Green Liquor Store made more than 30 beautiful wine baskets which had donated product from the Okanagan Valley.”

Daryll O’Brian, Deanna Jingo, Aberdeen Hall and Christophe and Tatyana Penalva also donated wine, while Okanagan Spirits provided a six-bottle case.

Fourteen artists produced items for the event, with the highest bid being $2,600 for Through the Glass Darkly by Michelle Loughery.

The second highest was $2,500 for Yellow Orange Energy 2010 by Heidi Thompson.

Pippa Shaw raised $10,350 this year by seeking individual  donations for NOCLS, while Calvin Hoy raised $3,500.  Rod Dubland and Ryan Molitwenik collected $3,410.

“Thank you to everyone who assisted in making this such a successful gala,” said Garry Molitwenik.