Betty Johnson entertains the crowd at the fifth annual Art and Wine Gala at the Eclectic Med restaurant Saturday. The event raised funds for the North Okanagan Community Life Society

Betty Johnson entertains the crowd at the fifth annual Art and Wine Gala at the Eclectic Med restaurant Saturday. The event raised funds for the North Okanagan Community Life Society

Art gala a huge success

An exquisite evening of art, wine and food culminated into some significant support for the community’s developmentally challenged.

An exquisite evening of art, wine and food culminated into some significant support for the community’s developmentally challenged.

The fifth annual Art and Wine Gala at Eclectic Med Saturday raised $62,625 for the North Okanagan Community Life Society.

“This is not possible without the hard work of our committee:  Pippa Shaw, Colin Hamilton, Sharon Kenney,  Maggie Voisey, Dawn and Andrew Fradley,” said Garry Molitwenik, NOCLS executive director.

Supporters sipped on local wines, paired with each of the five courses served and also bid significant support towards the cause through the art, wine and gift basket auction.

“The artists’ generosity allows us the opportunity to experience their expressions and talents in the comfort of our homes, yet being receptive towards NOCLS,” said Molitwenik.

Shaw has routinely been a top supporter of the cause, and was once again recognized as the top fundraiser – collecting $10,340 for NOCLS.

All the funds raised, prior to and at the event, assist the society in connecting clients to the community through their care and development.