Cakes and Cash

L and I had the opportunity to volunteer at Cakes for Cash on Tuesday, November 1.  This event was presented by the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts.  The 6th annual version of their famous Cake Walk fundraiser was a tribute to Johnny Cash with performances by Brett Kissel and Kira Hladum showcasing the cakes decorated by eight of Edmonton’s finest chefs and bakers.  Check out their event program and photos.

L and I were in charge of the Silent Auction which raised over $10,000!  I spent most of the evening lusting over the autographed Taylor Hall jersey.  Sadly most of the generous bidders had deeper pockets than me.  We also developed crushes on CTV Meteorologist, Josh Klassen, who did a fabulous job co-hosting the event with Sheri Sommerville.

The vision and mandate of the Nina Haggarty Centre for the Arts is:

  • “…Creativity lies in all people and can be powerfully expressed through the arts.  Therefore, participation in the arts is essential to our well-being both as individuals and as a society.” 

Here is some information about Nina Haggarty Centre for the Arts; taken from their event program:

  • The Nina Haggarty Centre for the Arts provides a place in the community where people with developmental disabilities can explore their creative potential.  It provides expaneded opportunity, beyond weekly classes in therapeutic or recreational environments, a place where these emerging artists can focus in a serious way on the creation of art and their own development as artists.
  • In 2009, the Nina Haggarty Centre relocated to a beautiful, custom designed new space on 118 Avenue.  The Centre is proud to be part of the exciting arts-based revitalization that is happening in this vibrant community.
  • The public is welcome to tour the studio and gallery during studio hours, Monday to Friday from 10am – 2pm.  The gallery is also open Thursday 4:30 – 8:00pm and Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00pm.

The gallery is located at 9225 – 118 Avenue.  I have volunteered at past Cake Walks and occasionally as a gallery attendant.  It is an interesting and inspiring organization to be involved with.  I know that Jay Benoit, Volunteer/Community Liaison Coordinator would be thrilled to hear from you and set you up with a volunteer position that is perfect for you.  You can reach her at the gallery at 780-474-7611.



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