An Affair With The Arts
Markham Arts Council’s Fundraising Gala Raises over $20,000
By A Correspondent
It was a memorable evening for many of Markham’s dignitaries, business owners, artists and residents. An evening of glamour and glitz, where many gathered to support the inaugural fundraising initiative of the Markham Arts Council, helping raise over $20,000 to support Markham Arts Council’s diverse arts and cultural programs.
Aptly titled “An Affair With the Arts”, the event was attended by as many as 400 guests, and took place at the Grand York Ballroom, Sheraton Parkway Hotel in Richmond Hill on November 20.
"My heartfelt thanks to all the artists, friends and community stakeholders who dedicated their time, energy and creativity to the event. I want to extend my gratitude to the sponsors, donors and guests for their generous and enthusiastic support that helped us raise over $20,000 for a very important cause,” said Gala co-Chair Deepti Aurora, who has in the past raised funds for CNIB, AWIC, Lions Club and The Scarborough Hospital.
The event was also attended by a number of political dignitaries in Markham including Mayor of Markham Frank Scarpitti, who also served as the Honorary Chair for the Gala. “I commend the Markham Arts Council for their dedication to enhancing our community by promoting and fostering the arts, in all its forms. Through their efforts we realize a common appreciation of history and culture that is so essential in our multi-cultural society. As Mayor and Honorary Chair, I am very proud of our community’s strong connection to the arts. I encourage our residents to support the many initiatives of the Markham Arts Council.”
Hosted by Markham’s local celebrities, Keith Chan and Angelie Sood, the gala began with a cocktail reception, light jazz music, a display of visual art and a silent auction and had some exquisite performances including dances by the Shiamak Toronto dance team, the Orient Dance Company and fashion shows by local celebrity designers Elina Ten and Shibani Sahney. The Gala also had a live auction segment, with one of the rounds being led by the Mayor of Markham – Frank Scarpitti himself.
“The Markham Arts Council is a non-profit, charitable organization that serves, promotes and cultivates both emerging and established artists”, said Council Chair Jane Milrose. “We enrich the lives of the residents of the City of Markham through arts related experiences and events. Your (the community) support of tonight’s event will allow us to continue to pursue our mandate to build a stronger, more unified arts community that encourages cultural exchange and includes all ages and all forms of art.”