MTS signed up as a sponsor just a few weeks ago, helping us meet our goals of over $10,000 invested in local emerging artists. The additional sponsorship money allowed us to purchase a few more works of art for the Winnipeg Timeraiser, bringing the total to $11,500! You can view our Winnipeg artwork gallery here.
The night was great for a couple reasons. First, emcee Kerri Salki from 102.3 Clear FM was able to acknowledge 5 of 16 people that completed their pledge from last year. She brought them on stage to read out their accomplishments. Celebrating last year's winners really helped others in the crowd to witness how ‘doable’ a Timeraiser pledge actually is.
Second, with 26 organizations in the room, there were lots of interested volunteer opportunities for people to get involved with. One of our main collaborators, Volunteer Manitoba, passed along that most organizations they spoke to were getting a lot of good connections throughout the night.
Third, a big thanks to our volunteers who helped made the night happen, especially our co-chairs Janellyn Marcial and Heather Flynn. They put in countless hours preparing for the event.
Finally, we were devastated to learn the news of Violet Nelson, who was fatally injured in a cycling accident on the Wednesday before the Timeraiser. Violet was one of the Manager's of the Graffiti Gallery - a Timeraiser agency. Graffiti Gallery understandably was not present at our event, but we lit a candle and put up their poster in recognition of the work they do and for Violet.
One of the highlights from this trip was visiting Wah-sa Gallery and the Martha Street Studio/Manitoba Printmakers Association to purchase the extra artwork made possible by the MTS sponsorship.
The work ‘Owl’ was a crowd favourite (see right). Artist Ted Oster was born in Fort Frances, Ontario, but moved to Winnipeg in his mid-teens. He is a self-taught artist, recently deciding to pursue becoming a full time artist.
We also want to thank all our other friends, collaborators and sponsors for making the evening so much fun: MTS, Investors Group Quantum Graphics, The Winnipeg Foundation, Volunteer Manitoba, CIBC, PWC, RBC, and TD.