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(Posted 4:30 p.m., Nov. 4)
Arts Council fundraiser a truly magical event
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

AOE Arts Council president Heather Jamieson (left) and executive director Christine Tremblay appear mesmerized as magician Eric Leclerc makes a dove appear out of nowhere during the AOE's ARTinis & Appetizers gala Thursday night. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The AOE Arts Council held its annual ARTinis & Appetizers fundraiser Thursday night, and by all accounts, it was a huge success.

More than 350 people paid $75 each for a night of glitter, glitz and pure magic provided by professional magician Erik Leclerc who doubled as the evening's emcee.

The sold-out event raised more than $40,000 for the AOE Arts Council which is the umbrella organization for over 85 arts groups in Ottawa, representing more than 20,000 individuals of all ages.

AOE executive director Christine Tremblay was thrilled with the turnout, especially by members of the business community who have embraced the local arts community in recent years with the opening of the Shenkman Arts Centre.

"That's been the exciting to part, to see such a real mix of people from the business community and the arts community and even the community at large come together for this one event," said Tremblay.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of a $75,000 cheque to the ARTicipate Endowment Fund by Louise Lalande and Philippe Doyle from Lalande & Doyle Architects, the firm that designed the Arts Centre.

The cheque brings the total balance in the Endowment Fund to $4.7 million. The fund generates interest revenue which is then given out as grants to artists and arts groups.

In 2010, nine different arts groups received grants totaling $53,000. So far this year, more than $67,000 has been handed out to 11 different artists and arts groups.

Cassandra Olsthoorn is the grant co-ordinator for the ARTicipate Endowment Fund.

"It's a big, big help for the artists who receive it," said Olsthoorn, who is one of the few people in the world who would like to see interests go up. "Can you imagine (if the interest rate was at seven or eight per cent). The more money the fund generates the more grants we're be able to give out."

The money raised during the ARTinis event will be used to help pay the Arts Council's bills. The not-for-profit organization depends on government grants, and its own ability to raise money through sponsorships and fundraising efforts in order to survive and continue to serve the arts community..

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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