Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine set to host art fundraiser in Lake Oswego
Lake Oswego community members can browse artwork on display for a cause this fall.
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, there will be many pieces of professional artwork on display at the Oswego Heritage House located at 398 Tenth St. Proceeds will benefit Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine — a free clinic in Oregon City that provides health care to underserved communities in Clackamas County through a medical and community volunteer network. The proceeds will help fund the clinic's remodel and relocation to Clackamas Community College in spring 2022.
Janet Leigh, who volunteers as a gynecologist for the clinic and serves on the board of directors, said the building at CCC is not medical office-ready and the remodel project will cost more than $1 million. The clinic is doing other fundraisers, such as a virtual auction and a virtual run along with applying for grants to raise funds.
"It's part of this huge fundraising effort, of which a significant amount has already been raised," Leigh said.
Linda Gaudin, a Lake Oswego resident and Leigh's sister-in-law, is a retired nurse and nurse practitioner who volunteers with CVIM. She decided to organize an art sale for the first time this year on behalf of the clinic.
"As moms, you jump into the whole volunteer world, so I started volunteering," said Gaudin, adding that she had experience in fundraising before but never organizing an event this large. "You have this little idea and things work and then more things work … To me, it's just kind of amazing how it's all come together."
Gaudin, who owns her own knitting business called Joie de Weave, had connections in the art world so she reached out to fellow artists to start curating a professional collection for display.
William Marie Wines will also sell wine by the glass at the event. People will be required to wear masks and follow COVID-19 safety protocol. There will also be one-way traffic to prevent crowding
"I'm super excited," Gaudin said. "People think that Lake Oswego is this really high income area, and there are a lot of people with a lot of money, but I think there is a big need for people to have health care. I believe everybody should have access to health care. I think it's wonderful this clinic is here."
Similarly, Leigh is hoping the art sale will increase awareness about the clinic and will appeal to art buyers in Lake Oswego.
"The timing's good. We want exposure. Even people who don't buy art hopefully will learn more about our clinic," said Leigh, adding that the sale "promotes art and promotes health."
For more information about the clinic, visit its website.
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