Monies raised through our fundraising events help build our Endowment Fund, the interest from which supports exhibitions and public programs at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art, art enrichment programs for school-aged learners across the Lower Mainland, and scholarships for students pursuing a post-secondary education in the visual arts.
A Gala Honouring Gordon A. Smith, CM, OBC
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HUGE SUPPORT!
It was a magical evening and having Gordon “present” on the big screen was the icing on the cake. Not only were we able to listen as some of Gordon’s good friends share their stories and history with him, enjoy spectacular food & drink but an added and welcome surprise was when our Honourary Co-chair, Michael Audain, OC, OBC asked our Emcee Fred Lee to announce that he would match up to $200,000 in donations made by you, our guests, that evening.
This, coupled with our ticket sales and generous sponsorships, helped us raise over $460 thousand dollars, contribute $350 thousand dollars to the Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists Endowment Fund held by the Vancouver Foundation, and dedicate the remainder to our programming.
1 Off The Wall
“1 Off the Wall” is an exclusive by-invitation-only cocktail function. The evening centres on an auction of original artworks that have been donated to the Smith Foundation by some of the city’s most notable collectors. Works range in value from $5,000 to $25,000. A catalogue of works is published in October, and the event takes place in early November.
The Spring Luncheon
Our Annual Spring Luncheon and art auction, informally dubbed “Gordon’s lunch,” takes place at the Capilano Golf and Country Club in early June. This yearly celebration of the visual arts raises vital funds through live and silent auctions. A cherished event, it captures the spirit of Gordon Smith’s dedication to art education.