4:30 p.m., Nov. 4)
Council fundraiser a truly magical event
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.
AOE Arts Council held its annual ARTinis & Appetizers
fundraiser Thursday night, and by all accounts, it was
a huge success.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Olsthoorn is the grant co-ordinator for the ARTicipate
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."
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
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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