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Artists help The Art for Orphans raise money for the Free-Syria group

Sarah Rowland

By Sarah Rowland, 24 hours

It’s one thing to shell out big money at a fundraiser when you’re rolling in dough. You can rub elbows with other fat cats, show off your trophy wife and then deduct that charitable contribution from your taxes.

But it’s another thing to generously donate your time, energy and creativity when you’re just trying to make a living from your art while living in one of the world’s most expensive cities. That’s why the recent Art for Orphans silent auction event at the Lost + Found Cafe was so inspiring. Fifty amazing, big-hearted local artists donated pieces to help raise funds for FREE-Syria, which is sending the proceeds to humanitarian relief for displaced children devastated by the Syrian crisis.

Instead of sitting idly by as horrifying images bombard our television screens, organizer Robin Jang rallied countless volunteers and donors for this wildly successful grassroots function. And this wasn’t your average stuffy silent auction either. There was a fashion show and great beats, as well as live painting courtesy of the talented Olga Rybalko, Bill Higginson and the ultimate showman Brent Ray Fraser. The whole room was buzzing with a really sweet vibe, so kudos to everyone involved – may all your good karma come back to you tenfold.

Multicultural Harmony

The Bridge to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Gala at the Vancouver Convention Centre was glowing with multicultural harmony on Saturday. A who’s who of local politicians and community figures were in attendance to help celebrate 40 years of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., a social service agency that provides multi-level care for new Canadians. Even our embattled premier, Christy Clark, made an appearance. She’s got nerve, I’ll give her that much!

Fashion Fundraiser

Fashionistas and trendsetters lined SR Auto’s makeshift runway as models strutted their stuff at A Peace of Fashion, a fundraiser for Peace and Love International’s Cape Town Music Project in South Africa. The goal of this charitable program is to empower, encourage and support poverty-stricken, at-risk youth through artistic means. Great cause, good turnout and cupcakes! Just can’t beat that combo.


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