Giving through Art | Learning through Art

A great time was had by all April 28, 2018 at the second successful GALA, a partnership fundraiser between Cedarhurst Center for the Arts and the SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation. Altogether, the event raised more than $70,000 to support The Arts in southern Illinois. The GALA is an acronym for the concept for Giving through Art, Learning through Art, and proceeds are split between the two organizations.

The 2018 event raised money for Cedarhurst’s new Kimball’s Habitat campaign, which will revitalize the museum’s outdoor sculpture park with conservation efforts and enhanced visitor services, as well as Compassion Unleashed, SSM Health’s ongoing art, pet, and music therapy programs, that bring hope and healing to a new level in our community. 

Many thanks to all who attended and continue to support these two ARTrageous causes. Click to view the 2018 GALA Facebook Photo Gallery and to learn more about Cedarhurst's new Kimball's Habitat Campaign.

The 2018 GALA had big expectations, which were set the year before. In 2017 the inaugural GALA event, raised nearly $70,000. Proceeds helped renovate Cedarhurst’s Beck Family Center, a place where families can create, play, and connect (pictured at right); and helped SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital launch Compassion Unleashed.  

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.

Click to view the 2017 GALA Facebook Photo Gallery

The GALA will return in 2020 as a biennial event. Stay tuned for details!