Garry Molitwenik

Garry Molitwenik

Gala raises glass, record

The North Okanagan Community Life Society’s eighth annual gala was a huge success, raising a record $68,455

The North Okanagan Community Life Society’s eighth annual gala was a huge success.

The event Saturday raised a record $68,455 to assist individuals with developmental disabilities.

“This is not possible without the hard work of our committee, Pippa Forster and Dawn and Andrew Fradley,” said Garry Molitwenik, with NOCLS.

“The artists’ generosity allows us the opportunity to experience their expressions and talents in the comfort of our homes.  Heidi Thompson’s beautiful painting, Green Transparency 2006, was the most sought after masterpiece while Barry Rafuse, Michelle Loughery, Andrea Thornburn, Mike Jell, and Gary Whitley were in much demand.”

Kathy Ridley, of the Vernon Square Liquor Store, Tania Robinson, from 30th Street Liquor Store, and Colin Hamilton, from the Village Green Liquor Store, were able to provide wine for the meal and product for the baskets which were made by Jeanne and Kendra Molitwenik.

Forster, owner of Designer’s Gallery, raised $8,000, while Ryan Molitwenik and Rod Dubland, of Heartwood Homes, collected $6,705 and Dean Bannard, of Summit Financial, raised $6,000.

“Betty Johnson and auctioneer Darcy Morrow did a terrific job entertaining,” said Molitwenik.

“Andrew and Dawn Fradley, of the Eclectic Med Restaurant, provided a meal second to none.”