Art gala supports NOCLS services

Art and Wine Gala Saturday supports North Okanagan Community Living Society

The fourth annual Art and Wine Gala takes place Saturday.

The event is a fundraiser for the North Okanagan Community Living Society, which works with people with developmental disabilities.

“It’s a really nice evening out with great food, wines, art and music,” said Garry Molitwenik, the society’s executive director.

The Art and Wine Gala features a five-course meal at the Eclectic Med downtown, with a different Okanagan wine with every course.

The silent auction has pieces by 13 local artists and wine baskets will also be auctioned. Music is by jazz singer Betty Johnson.

“This is a chance for people to try different wines they might not try otherwise and the food is always fantastic,” said Molitwenik.

“The money raised helps our clients move from group homes to independent living with support. As people move to their own places, there is more need for furnishings and household items. We see such a positive change as people feel more confident and have more choices.

“They become more involved in the community with making new friends, doing more activities and getting jobs,” said Molitwenik.

Tickets for the fourth annual Art and Wine Gala, which takes place at 5:30 p.m, at the Eclectic Med, are available by calling Molitwenik at 250-545-5153 or at

Tickets ($100 per person) are also available at the Village Green Liquor Store, the Eclectic Med and Designers Gallery.