More than 130 people attended The GALA event on March 11 to show their ARTrageous generosity and benefit southern Illinois - $70,000 was raised for the arts at the inaugural event. The GALA, held at Cedarhurst in Mt. Vernon, was a partnership fundraiser to benefit Cedarhurst Center for the Arts and the SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation. 

Proceeds will be split between Cedarhurst Center for the Arts and SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation.

Cedarhurst will direct its portion of the proceeds to help revitalize the museum’s Beck Family Center. The interactive learning space educates children of all ages and inspires creativity, helping youth build self-confidence and develop critical thinking skills. Construction on the $125,000 project is expected to take place in Fall 2017.

SSM will use its portion of proceeds to launch Compassion Unleashed, a series of therapy programs that focus on the heart and soul of patients. Art – visualization of hope for cancer survivors; Music – healing through melody and memory; and Pet – acceptance and love in a visit from furry friends.

The GALA is an acronym for the concept: Giving through Art | Learning through Art. Auctions at the event featured children’s artwork created through Cedarhurst programs. 





 

The GALA

Giving through Art | Learning through Art

 

A unique and elegant evening to benefit The Arts in southern Illinois

Hosted by

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts and SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation

 

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts

2600 Richview Road, Mt. Vernon, Illinois

$150 per person | Reservations required by March 1

Black Tie Optional

 

Hors d’oeuvre dinner by Cindi Peterman

Decadent desserts and bar selections by Rare ChopHouse

Silent and Live Auctions showcasing Children’s Artwork

 

 Already obligated? Show your ARTrageous generosity with a donation in lieu of your ticket purchase!

 

 What is The GALA?

The first event of its kind, The GALA combines the talents of two organizations to raise money for The Arts in southern Illinois.

The GALA is an acronym for the concept: Giving through Art | Learning through Art. Proceeds will be split between Cedarhurst Center for the Arts and SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation.

Cedarhurst will use monies to renovate its Beck Family Center, one of the most utilized spaces in the museum. The interactive learning center educates children of all ages and inspires creativity, helping our youth build self-confidence and develop critical thinking skills.

SSM will launch therapy programs that focus on the heart and soul of patients. Art – visualization of hope for cancer survivors; Music – healing through melody and memory; and Pet – acceptance and love in a visit from furry friends.

All auction items at The GALA are created through Cedarhurst programs. Young artists take pride in donating their artwork to The GALA and find confidence knowing that we value their creativity and talent.

For more information or to request an invitation, contact Hillary@cedarhurst.org or Shawna.Bullard@ssmhealth.com.