North Okanagan Community Life Society directors Maggie Voisey (left) and Pippa Shaw raise their glasses to Colin Hamilton

North Okanagan Community Life Society directors Maggie Voisey (left) and Pippa Shaw raise their glasses to Colin Hamilton

Gala features local artists

The annual Art and Wine Gala returns for its fifth year Feb. 23 at the Eclectic Med

An exquisite feast, palate-pleasing wine, awe-inspiring art and entertainment are combining to support the community’s developmentally disabled.

The annual Art and Wine Gala returns for its fifth year Feb. 23 at the Eclectic Med.

The funds raised at the event assist the North Okanagan Community Life Society in connecting clients in the community through their care and development.

“It’s all local,” said Garry Molitwenik, NOCLS executive director, of the funds that are raised here and stay here.

But anyone wanting to support the cause and get a seat to the event is forewarned that it is routinely a sell-out.

“We can seat 74 and we’re not quite full yet,” said Molitwenik, noting that there is still time to get tickets.

The evening, which starts at 5:30 includes a five-course meal and Okanagan wine paired with each course. There will also be an auction of Okanagan wine, music by Betty Johnson and an art auction featuring some local talents.

“We had 14 artists last year and every one is recommitted again this year,” said Molitwenik.

The artists include: Rick Bond, Alex Fong, Rob Glenesk, Michael Jell, Patricia Neil Lawton, Michelle Loughery, Nancy Lucas, Evalynne A. McDougall, E.A. Moore, Barry Rafuse, Heidi Thompson, Jacquie White, Gary Whitely and Nancy Wilson.

For tickets ($100 each), see Colin at the Village Green Liquor Store, Andrew or Dawn at the Eclectic Med or Molitwenik at NOCLS. For information, call 250-545-5153.