Aleksander Kostic, SDAC Systems Inc. director/founder; and Mila Kostic, art consultant

Aleksander Kostic, SDAC Systems Inc. director/founder; and Mila Kostic, art consultant

Chantal Shah, Audain Foundation executive director; Lesley Kim, strategy analyst; Lynn Zanatta, Global Civic Policy Society project manager; and Sam Sullivan, Vancouver False Creek MLA

Chantal Shah, Audain Foundation executive director; Lesley Kim, strategy analyst; Lynn Zanatta, Global Civic Policy Society project manager; and Sam Sullivan, Vancouver False Creek MLA

Don Yeomans, renowned Haida artist with his artwork up for auction; and guest chef John Bishop, Bishop’s restaurant owner

Don Yeomans, renowned Haida artist with his artwork up for auction; and guest chef John Bishop, Bishop’s restaurant owner

Cathy Brown, Traction on Demand program manager; Jill Price, Arts Umbrella vice-chair; Lisa Hudson, B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation board member; and Catherine Barr, West Vancouver Magazine/North Vancouver Magazine publisher

Cathy Brown, Traction on Demand program manager; Jill Price, Arts Umbrella vice-chair; Lisa Hudson, B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation board member; and Catherine Barr, West Vancouver Magazine/North Vancouver Magazine publisher

Bob Wooder, Blakes partner; Dan Jacques, Headwater Equity Partners managing partner; and Sean Boyle, Blakes partner

Bob Wooder, Blakes partner; Dan Jacques, Headwater Equity Partners managing partner; and Sean Boyle, Blakes partner

Ariane Colenbrander, Vancouverscape.com founder; and Heather Deal, Vancouver city councillor

Ariane Colenbrander, Vancouverscape.com founder; and Heather Deal, Vancouver city councillor

Participating artist Athena Bax beside her artwork which sold for $4,250 in the auction

Participating artist Athena Bax beside her artwork which sold for $4,250 in the auction

Splash supporters Veronica Bailey; Christie King; and Janelle Washington

Splash supporters Veronica Bailey; Christie King; and Janelle Washington

The Splash Arts Umbrella auction

The Splash Arts Umbrella auction

The Splash Arts Umbrella auction

The Splash Arts Umbrella auction

Michael Lee, Arts Umbrella board chair; and Lucille Pacey, Arts Umbrella president & CEO

Michael Lee, Arts Umbrella board chair; and Lucille Pacey, Arts Umbrella president & CEO

Arts Umbrella board vice-chairs Jill Price and Michelle Martin

Arts Umbrella board vice-chairs Jill Price and Michelle Martin

Splash co-chairs Jeff Merrick and Beverley Steinhoff

Splash co-chairs Jeff Merrick and Beverley Steinhoff

Jennie Yee, project manager; Robert McElroy, business transformation; Ernest Yee, Arts Umbrella board member/The Jack Webster Foundation co-chair; and Ling Chu, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. regional manager

Jennie Yee, project manager; Robert McElroy, business transformation; Ernest Yee, Arts Umbrella board member/The Jack Webster Foundation co-chair; and Ling Chu, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. regional manager

Patrick Almeida, Audi Downtown Vancouver GM; and Kellyn Violot, Audi Downtown service advisor

Patrick Almeida, Audi Downtown Vancouver GM; and Kellyn Violot, Audi Downtown service advisor

Arts Umbrella students performed for the guests

Arts Umbrella students performed for the guests

Nicole Harvie, HELLO! Canada correspondent; and Stacey Lederman, artist

Nicole Harvie, HELLO! Canada correspondent; and Stacey Lederman, artist

Splash—Arts Umbrella’s Annual Art Auction & Gala 2015
Performance Works, Granville Island
October 17, 2015

More than 500 guests attended the 33rd annual Splash gala presented by Blakes at Performance Works on Granville Island which raised $300,000 to provide accessible art education for young people all over Greater Vancouver. Arts Umbrella students performed for guests as they walked the red carpet outside and followed with a dance performance before the auction. Jeff Merrick, Blakes partner and Michael Lee, Arts Umbrella board chair, welcomed the guests, and CBC news personality Miyoung Lee emceed the gala.

Silent auction items were on display as well as 100 art pieces that went up for live auction at the end of the evening. The raffle prize showcase was a $5,000 gift certificate for Maison Birks. Culinary Capers Catering along with guest chef John Bishop provided a wide selection of delectable food throughout the evening.

Arts Umbrella's Splash helps more than 21,000 local kids take part in high-quality arts programming each year, providing free programs for thousands of children in underserved neighbourhoods. Arts Umbrella is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of Metro Vancouver's philanthropic community and has raised more than $5 million over 33 years.