Arts Council of Lake Oswego's annual fundraiser remains virtual
The Arts Council of Lake Oswego's largest fundraiser of the year returns next month and will remain a virtual event amid the pandemic.
Community members will have a chance to bid on various auction items as part of the ART Elevated fundraiser May 6-16. All of the donations will go toward supporting local and regional arts and allowing access to remain free for exhibitions and public art programming.
"We were hoping to meet in person this year, but feel the safety of our supporters is the best course in light of what is going on with COVID," said ACLO Executive Director Nicole Nathan in a news release. "It will be a fun experience with fantastic packages that appeal to everyone and every age. Many are very unique and are truly special for those who win the bid."
Last year, ART Elevated drew in about 18,000 as an online experience.
"We were pleasantly surprised. It was really nice to see the support from the community," Nathan told Pamplin Media Group, adding that it was important to make the online experience "engaging and find those special items people want to do, take part in and still do safely, taking everything into account."
Packages include a stay near Mount Hood, a family art walk and a "spring has sprung" package, among others.
The Mount Hood stay not only includes a getaway in a cabin that sleeps 12, but also contains gift certificates to nearby restaurants. The "spring has sprung" package contains gift cards to Al's Garden & Home, Wilco and Red Pig Garden Tools — and the latter company will craft a custom garden tool for the winner. The family art walk includes a tour with a docent, wine and gift cards to Holy Taco, Lola's Cafe Bar and Salt & Straw.
All donations are 100% tax deductible and if a person donates $250 or more, they will be entered into a chance to win a wine basket with a value of more than $300. A person can donate at least $250 multiple times for more chances to win the prize.
"Supporting the Arts Council through this online experience will make a difference in the Lake Oswego community with Gallery Without Walls programming, support of local and regional artists, and invigoration of where we live, work and play," Nathan said in the release. "It also offers the many businesses and donors the opportunity to highlight their businesses and services."
To keep community members engaged throughout the 10-day auction, ACLO staff are staggering the packages in three separate phases.
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