Art, singing, dancing, and supporting good causes; these are just a few of the things that the Boom team lives for, which is why we were so delighted to attend the 2018 instalment of the Splash fundraiser for our friends at Arts Umbrella.
There was a lot to celebrate this year at the 36th annual major fundraiser held at the Fairmont Vancouver this past Saturday. Just about a year ago Arts Umbrella announced that the Province of British Columbia would be generously backing the youth arts organization to undertake a renovation and renewal project to move into the former Emily Carrs Arts institute on Granville Island. But with this big announcement also comes a big financial commitment on the part of the organization and their supporters. And Saturday’s fete was another example of the immense support behind this Canadian Arts institution.
Featuring an impressive line up of art up for grabs in both the silent and live auctions, crowds cheered as the works from such prestigious artists as Graham Gilmore, Douglas Coupland, David Burdeny, Marie Khouri, Jeff Wall and Andy Dixon were auctioned off to happy bidders. The room came alive with the spirit of the organization with performances by Arts Umbrella students, and major sponsors like TD welcomed guests by affirming their commitment to the arts through their support as presenting sponsor. Auctioneer Hank Bull kept the energy and bidding up during the live auction, while the hosts with the most @fredabouttown and @cbcGloria kept the show running smoothly.
The evening was a major success for not only the charity and the roughly 16,000 kids who directly benefit from the public support, but also for the eager art enthusiast and party goers with a night to remember. It raised over $365,000 in net proceeds, a record amount for the organization.