This past weekend i attended splash, the annual gala thrown by arts umbrella to support their multi-disciplinary arts school. with one well known location on granville island in Vancouver, and two more being established in surrey this year, their fundraising effort was in full swing.

the event took place at performance works on Granville island. The venue was gorgeous, and filled with lively party-goers, live performances, and plenty of art.

party goers, dustin bauch and patrick barron enjoying the "spray paint" wall in the main auction room

With a $300 price tag on the event ticket itself which only gets you in the door as there is both a silent and live auction as well as fantastic raffle prizes! as always with each raffle ticket purchase, the buyer gets a fun gift that shows their support to the rest of the room. the items this year were glow in the dark, neon bracelets. These neon bracelets were a hot commodity, and everyone loved stacking them on their wrists. With the prizes ranging from a scandinavian spa gift basket to diamond jewellery from tiffany’s people were more than happy to show their support...for kids.

Vancouver socialites,  local media personalities, art lovers, and community supporters looked great and got the live auction off to an exciting (and loud) start! With barry scott, from maynards auction house even having to remind the crowd after lot 2 that there were still 48 more to go.

Jonny staub, Vancouver radio personality the beat 94.5, is a personal favourite of CEO Lucille pacey’s at getting the crowd warmed up. Staub co-hosted the evening with ctv anchor, colleen Christie who dazzled both on stage and with her lovely outfit when working the crowd.

left to right: fred lee, colleen christie, jonny staub

The most notable lot of the night, was that of Gordon smith’s piece seen here which took 38,000 at the hammer – well over the 25,000 estimate.

barry scott, maynards auction house working his magic with the gordon smith lot that went for 13k over estimate

As the night wrapped I was able to speak with Lucille who said that the night was a great success.

Russ and lucille pacey, ceo of arts umbrella

Splash is always full of fantastic people looking to have a great time and support arts umbrella, a school that directly impacts the kids in the Vancouver area – “Inspiring kids for life through art.” My group and I personally had a blast, and will for sure beback next year.

fun with the photobooth! left to right: dustin bauch, jonny staub, me!, kodie cottrill

Congratulations to Lucille & everyone at Arts Umbrella who continue to raise the bar!

- Kate

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