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First Annual Reason to Care Art Sale and Auction a Huge Success!

The BC Association for Community Living will hold its second annual Reason to Care Art Sale on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at Heritage Hall at 3102 Main Street in Vancouver.

Please visit the 2012 Reason to Care Art Sale and Auction page for more details about the 2012 event, which will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2012.

The BC Association for Community Living (BCACL) held its first annual Reason to Care art resale and auction fundraising event on Saturday, March 12, 2011.  The event was a huge success, with crowds of art lovers picking up treasures throughout the day. To all the artists and art collectors who donated artwork and the volunteers and sponsors who helped make it a success:

Thank you! Together we raised more than $25,000.

Over 600 pieces of art were donated from artists, supporters of community living and members of the broader community. Guests at the evening reception and live auction also had the opportunity to participate in raffles or bid for fabulous items such as travel vouchers, romantic getaways, event tickets, spa treatments, restaurant certificates and gift baskets, all generously donated by event sponsors.

Photo Above: Vancouver Artist and Self Advocate Kevin Lee shows his painting, "Banana Tree." The piece was up for sale in the Live Auction.

Our lucky VIP raffle winner has been contacted and will soon be the   recipient of the newly released iPad 2. Congratulations!

Read the Live Auction program here
Click to View Photos of the Artwork on FLICKR


Radio interview: News 1130 – aired March 12, 2011
Leila Rahemtulla, Vice President of BCACL, was interviewed about the art event by News 1130. Listen to the interview here: Clip One / Clip Two

Newspaper article:
New Westminster Record – printed March 10, 2011
Read the article here: Art auction helps work of New Westminster group



View the poster here

Check out photos of the event on FACEBOOK

Volunteers ranged from BCACL staff, board members, their family members, friends as well as members of the community, including students from Magee Secondary School and the Mozart School of Music.

Thank you to our sponsors, who share our vision of a world where everyone belongs:

Earl’s Restaurants
Cinema Clock
Cowboy Coffee Roasting Company
(Bean Around the World)
Earl's Restaurants
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Granville Island Florists
Hampton Inn and Suites
Mozart School of Music Vancouver
Nester’s Market
Public Storage

River Rock Casino
Rockwater Secret Cove Resort
Roger's Chocolates
Save-On Foods
Sur Del Party Rentals
Transat Holidays
Trent Studio
True Entertainment
Under the Piano
Urban Fare Yaletown
Vancouver Aquarium
Zachary’s on Robson

Thank you to the Reason to Care Planning Committee:

Faith Bodnar, Salima Mawji, Sheila Hallam, Melissa Bennett Knights, Leila Rahemtulla, Annette Delaplace, Claudia Semaniuk, Rory Summers, David Driscoll.

2012 Reason to Care Art Sale and Auction

We will be announcing details for next year's Reason to Care event in the coming months. If you have donations of art contact Melissa Bennett Knights at 604-777-9100 ext. 522 or mbennett@bcacl.org.

If you are a sponsor or would like to make a leadership donation to this or other BCACL events, please contact Salima Mawji at 604-777-9100 ext. 507 or smawji@bcacl.org

To all who made this inaugural event a huge success - please accept a heartfelt thanks from the Event Committee, the BCACL Board, Foundation and staff as well as the thousands of people people represented by BCACL.