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Masquerade ball is theme of arts auction

The Thornapple Arts Council Auction for the Arts will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Walldorff Brewpub and Bistro in Hastings.

 “The Auction for the Arts is our largest fundraiser of the year, supporting our events and programs throughout the year,” Megan Lavell, arts council executive director said. “The money we raise at the auction supports the jazz festival, our financial assistance funds for arts education, and summer scholarships. It’s a fun night that raises money for the arts in our community.”

The theme is masquerade ball, and auction attendees are encouraged to dress in costume for the event.

 “We always try to make the auction a really fun event, and we wanted a theme that attendees would like to dress up for,” she said. “The auction committee is excited about the decorations and attire at this year’s event.”

The Auction for the Arts includes live and silent auctions, raffle prizes, photo opportunities, music and a costume contest.

“This event is important because the money we raise there allows us to continue the work we do in the community,” Jeff Buehl, president of the arts council board of directors, said. “We give away thousands of dollars every year in scholarships for students to go to summer camps for the arts. We also had a very successful programming season with the City of Hastings with Hastings Live, which allowed us to help bring nearly 50 free live performances to downtown Hastings this summer.”

The mission of the Thornapple Arts Council is enriching Barry County through cultural experiences, and the support the organization receives at the auction helps make that happen.

“The Thornapple Arts Council staff and volunteers work hard to make sure that arts are accessible to everyone through our programming,” Buehl said. “We emphasize free and low-cost programming. We work with the community, and we partner with other organizations to make arts programming successful in Barry County. We would not be able to do that without the financial support we get from our donors and sponsors.”

Lavell said the arts council has been fortunate to get so much support from the community, including endowment support through the Barry Community Foundation and the Baum Family Foundation; corporate support from Flexfab; sponsorship support from dozens of area businesses; and donations from individuals and families.

“It is not an understatement to say that we could not do the programming that we do without the continued generosity and support of the community,” Lavell said.

Tickets are $40 each and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. For more information or to make reservations, call 269-945-2002.




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