BY STAFF REPORTER, TORONTO: More than $20,000 were raised by the Markham Arts Council (MAC) Fundraising Gala held recently in Markham. The resplendent evening entitled An Affair with the Arts with the Wonders of the World had a number of dignitaries, Business Entrepreneurs, Professionals, artists, Corporations and members of the community.
The evening of glitz and glamour presented a gallery showcasing diverse local art and artists during the Cocktail hour and began with the singing of the national anthem followed by a presentation of the evening’s theme focused on the Wonders of the World. Hosted by Markham’s local celebrity Amin Dhillon, the black tie evening presented diverse entertainment to reflect the varied elements of visual and performing arts that included a Chinese collective and Opera as well as a taste of Vivaldi Four Seasons and Bollywood.
Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti was designated the Honorary Chair of the fundraising Gala.
“Arts and Culture are vital to creating a strong and vibrant community, giving us a better understanding of each other and of the world around us,” said Mayor Scarpitti at the Crystal Fountain on November 8 congratulating the MAC team for exceptional leadership on this initiative, and for their commitment to the enhancement of the Arts in Markham.
MAC, celebrating its 15th year anniversary in 2019, also released a souvenir program book at the Gala. As well, an array of Silent Auction items and a Live Auction along with raffle and door prizes created distinctive appeal and attention for the more than 300 guests present.
“Markham is one of Canada’s most diverse cities and through this fundraising initiative, we hope to cultivate, encourage and promote the work of professional and emerging literary, visual and performing artists,” said Deepti Aurora, Chair of MAC and co-chair of the Gala Committee. “Art enriches the lives of its citizens by educating, developing and supporting a vibrant cultural community that champions the arts.”
“My heartfelt thanks to all the sponsors, artists, friends and community stakeholders who dedicated their time, energy and creativity to make this event a success,” said Councillor Amanda Colluci, co-chair of the Gala Committee.