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(Posted 5:30 a.m., Oct. 28)
ARTinis event puts the fun back in fundraising
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Emcees Julien Levesque and Marissa McHugh go over the program for the AOE Art Council's ARTinis event on Oct. 26. Chantal Désilets/Photo

When it comes to events that are both fun and raise money for a good cause, few can rival the AOE Art Council's annual ARTinis gala which was held at the Shenkman Arts Centre on Oct. 26.

About 180 artists and arts supporters gathered for the annual event which was moved this year from the Shenkman Art Centre's lower foyer to a more intimate setting in the Richcraft Theatre.

Patrons were able to sample wine from the Strewn Winery and Chateau du Charmes and beer from local brewers like the Stray Dog Brewing Company, Beau's Brewery and the Orleans Brewing Company.

Sliders were provided as an appetizer to the main dinner by Meatings BBQ and cotton candy and popcorn were handed out in keeping with this year's circus theme. A number of people were dressed in costume, including AOE president Lisa Cruickshank who was appropriately dressed as a circus ringmaster.

After the cocktail hour,`` the guests were escorted from the Richcraft Theatre to the main stage in the Harold Shenkman Hall where they were treated to a sit down tasting dinner prepared by three of Ottawa's finest executive chefs.

In between courses, the AOE president took a moment to reflect on the success of this year's event.

"It's been wonderful. We're very grateful to our chefs, our sponsors, and all of the attendees. It's great for the arts community to have this kind of support," said Cruickshank who also commented on the current state of the organization which acts as an umbrella group for local artists and art groups.

"We are in great shape. The granting has increased this year. Our budget has more than doubled which is great for our members. It allows them to do so much more, which bodes well for local artists."

Cruickshank also admitted that the planning for next year's ARTinis event has already, which is good news for local artists and their supporters alike.

Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-Francxe Lalonde is joined by her daughter Monica, Heritage Funeral Home owner Germain Souligny and AOE project manager Patrice Stanley. Chantal Désilets/Photo

Ledt to right, Deborah Orth, Peter and Jayne Holtz and David Bertschi pose for a quick photo during this year's ARTinis fundraising event. Chantal Désilets/Photo

Orléans Ward councillor Bob Monette poses with AOE executive director Victoria Steele, Jenny Tierney and Beacon Hill-Cyrville Ward councillor Tim Tierney. Chantal Désilets/Photo

Left to right: Jason Bellefleur, Allan Cruickshank, Cecilia Dwyer and Stella Ronan. Chantal Désilets/Photo

Orléans MP Andrew Leslie, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney and Orléans Star Star owner Fred Sherwin are joined by a Star Wars character during the AOE ARTinis event on Oct. 26. Chantal Désilets/Photo

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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