The North Okanagan Community Life Society’s seventh annual wine and art gala was a success.
The event at the Eclectic Med Saturday raised $54,695. The funds will assist individuals with developmental disabilities.
“We not only want to thank everyone who donated, but everyone who participated,” said Garry Molitwenik, NOCLS executive director.
“This event is not possible without the hard work of our committee Pippa Forster, and Dawn and Andrew Fradley. The artists’ generosity allows us the opportunity to experience their expressions and talents in the comfort of our homes.”
Michelle Loughery’s In Motion received the top bids while artwork by Heidi Thompson, Rob Glenesk, Rick Bond and Andrea Thorburn were also in demand.
Kathy Ridley, from the Vernon Square Liquor Store, and Tania Robinson, from 30th Street Liquor Store and Kalamalka Wine and Spirits, provided wine for the meal and for baskets put together by Jeanne Molitwenik.
The fundraising group saw Pippa Forster, of Designer’s Gallery, bring in $8,590, Ryan Molitwenik and Rod Dubland, of Heartwood Homes, raise $6,835 and Dean Bannard, from Summit Financial, raise $3,750.
“Betty Johnson and auctioneer Darcy Morrow did a terrific job entertaining,” said Garry Molitwenik.
“Andrew and Dawn Fradley, owners of Eclectic Med restaurant, provided a meal second to none.”