Our 22nd Gala Auction for Kids

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Now in its 22nd year, the Gala Auction includes a stunning meal, great company and live and silent auction items like getaways, artwork, gift packages & sports tickets – all to make certain that 140+ crucial workshops continue to enhance over 5000 students in the Avon Maitland district throughout year.

The Gala Auction is Saturday, November 12 at the Revival House in Stratford, ON.

This evening would not be possible without our sponsors. We’d like to thank them for their tremendous support – many of whom have been champions of our cause for many years.

We’d also like to thank the countless businesses throughout Perth and Huron who donate items for the auction.

facebook logoPlease see the Gala Auction Facebook Event Page for up-to-date item listings, sponsors, news and more.

Tickets are $125.

These can be reserved by phone @519-527-0111 ext 239, by email via dana.phillips@ed.amdsb.ca or online:

Gala Tickets Online

Our Sponsors:

D&D Automation, Hoyes, Michalos & Associates Inc., Dr Dennis & Laurie Nuhn, Palmerston Dental, RBC Dominion Securities, MNE Engineering, Smith-Peat Roofing And Sheet Metal Ltd, Bluewater Office Equipment/MicroAge Basics, Little, Masson, & Reid, Marklevitz Architects Inc., RBC Royal Bank, Doug & Barb Allemang, Don Hamilton Real Estate – Royal LePage,Clinton Raceway Inc, Chris Schaefer, Paul & Anne Lake, Canada Brokerlink, Karen Stewart, Paul & Mary Carroll, Lighthouse Money Management, Astrid Roch Russell.

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Tomorrow (and the Foundation) Yearns for Risk and Imagination

children listening to saxophonistWhen people ask me what we do at the Foundation it’s always a race to paint a picture of our work before a glazed look appears in their eyes.

I’m not sure why. Perhaps I’ve yet to master the ‘elevator speech’ or try to touch on all facets involved in our day-to-day to justify to the listener why we exist.

If you’re reading this you may already have an interest in what we do. Maybe some social media traffic led you here or you landed here by accident or you are trying to make sense of what I said in the elevator.

Whatever the route, please allow me 6 minutes to explain to you what we do and why we think it doubles in importance everyday in this currently splintered and boxed-in world.

Can We Get a Witness?

Kristen NuhnWhen you provide hands-on experiences in life skills and the arts to thousands of students each year it’s difficult to gauge the effect you are having on any of them.

As a charitable organization that lies just outside of the education system, we’re not privy to what becomes of students as they grow up. We always appreciate hearing from a parent or teacher how one of our workshops lit a flame in a child or provided a path of hope and growth for another, but recognizing the fruit found in a young adult that stems from our work is near impossible.

Imagine our joy then when we found Kristen Nuhn, Masters student:

“Through experiencing a Foundation’s ART | LIFE workshop in Grade 5, I discovered that there was a place for me.”

Kristen is currently enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts in Theatrical Properties program at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.