What makes a place a good place to live? Education? Sports? The outdoors? The arts? The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) believes it takes all these elements to achieve a balanced and high quality of life and is doing its part to raise the profile of arts and culture in our region. To support those efforts, CCAC is hosting the third annual Cause for Celebration Raffle. The drawing party takes place on July 14 from 6 p.m.—8 p.m. at 100 W. Main Street in Allegany.
Raffle tickets cost $100 each and admit two adults to the drawing party. Only 100 tickets will be sold to this exclusive event, giving each ticketholder a 1 in 100 chance of winning one of six original works of art by six of the region’s premiere artists. (Once you win, you’re out of the running for the remaining artwork.) The raffle drawing takes place towards the end of the event, but ticketholders do not need to be present to win.
Anne Conroy-Baiter, CCAC’s executive director, notes, “The raffle drawing event itself is worth the price of the ticket. We have it catered by Sheila Darrow, who makes interesting, delicious food, and offer free happy hour drinks. Plus there’s that nice pop of suspense toward the end of the evening when we draw the winners’ names.”
The real draw though is the artwork itself. Repeat donors Mikel Wintermantel, C.M., and Nance Jackson, as well as new supporting artists including Thomas Paquette, Barbara Fox, Anne Mormile, and Debra Eck have donated some of the best work. The collection has a total net worth over $9,000. Images of the artwork as well as background information on the artists are currently on display at www.myartscouncil.net.
This is an extremely important event for CCAC as one of its major fundraising efforts of the year. Proceeds will be used to help fund a year of workshops, kids’ classes, Routes to Art, contemporary exhibitions, community improvements, and advocacy for quality of life in the Southern Tier.
Conroy-Baiter said, “We host two major fundraisers a year to help close the gap between earned income and our operating costs. The first is the raffle, and we will also present the 5×7: Art for Everyone event on November 17. Artists from all over the world will donate 5-inch by 7-inch pieces of artwork, which will be all be available for $25 to make the artwork accessible to anyone. Last year the art was 6 inches square, but we decided to change it to an easier-to-frame size. The event was a wild success last year, and we hope to top it in 2012.”
You can view the artwork to be raffled and purchase tickets online at wwww.myartscouncil.net or call (716) 372-7455.