Feeling the Love

It's difficult to express how grateful I feel to everyone who came to last night's Gala and Auction in support of the Drawing Room and OT Collective. The fundraiser was a huge success thanks to so many amazing people. A fabulous evening was had by all! 

Photos by Fish Griwkowsky


I have to thank the Yellowhead Brewery for handing over their space, especially Ido and Travis who've helped in every way they can. Thank you to Amy van Keeken, Darren Radbourne, Tom Murray, and DJ Prairie Dawn (Jessie Beier) for making such beautiful music and Lori Gawryliuk for making it sound good. Thanks to Garner, Josh, Jeff, Andrew and Brendo, from the Edmonton Cocktail Society for the tasty libations. Bryan Birtles and Amy Shostak did an amazing job as hosts and auctioneers! Thank you!
We couldn't have done it without so many amazing volunteers: Carmen, Teng, Anya, Mackenzy, Rachelle, Jacqueline, Mallory, Lucille, Robyn, Leanne, Aimee, Jaime, Joachim, Matt, Mike, and Derek.
The lovely centrepieces were donated by Sandra Boos and delicious eats were brought to you by Red Fife Catering, Culina Millcreek, and Duchess Bakeshop.
Huge thank you to all the fantastic artists and local businesses who donated such interesting work to the auction:

29 Armstrong
Adam Maitland
Adam Waldron-Blain
Ali Nikerson
Andrew Benson
Anya Tonkonogy
April Dean
Bang Bang Bijoux
Barber Ha
Blair Brennan
Carly Greene
Catherine Burgess
Catlin W. Kuzyk 
Chelsea Boos
Cinder and Smoke
coup boutique
Cynthia Dovell and LGA Architects
Devon Beggs
Duchess Bakeshop
Ed Hunt
Elizabeth Schowalter
Erik Osberg
Erin Ross
Holly Newman
Jeff Kulak
Jill Stanton
Kalie Johnston
Landon Schedler
Loyal Loot
Luca Petryshyn
Maegan Rose Mehler
Mallory Gemmel
Mark Clintberg
Megan Stein
Melanie Liles
Olivia Chow
Paddy Lamb
Paint Spot
Plum Home + Design
Rachelle Bowen and Mackenzy Albright
Red Star
Robert Harpin
Sara French
Sarah Jackson
Sergio Serrano
Shawn Reynar
Stylus Fine Pens
Susanna Barlow
The Artworks
Tory Culen
Tres Carnales
Veekee Workshop

Finally, I'd like to thank my partners, Sean Bliss, Andrew Benson, Mike Wichuk, Garner Beggs, and Linda Ha for taking a chance with me. Love you, Edmonton!