ExtravaGala: A Royal Celebration of the Arts

ExtravaGala: A Royal Celebration of the Arts

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A royal celebration to benefit the crown jewel of Mathews, the Bay School Community Arts Center, will begin June 4, 2016. The celebration will feature both a raffle, offering ten great prizes, and an ExtravaGala at the home of Becky and John Mayfield on Queen’s Creek on September 24.  The raffle tickets will be sold throughout the summer at the Bay School and on their website.  They will also be available at the Visitor’s Center and at the Mathews Farmer’s Market.  The cost is $20.00 per ticket.  The raffle drawing will be held at the ExtravaGala.  Winners need not be present to win.

 Three lucky ticket holders will travel after winning one of these three prizes:  a seven-day getaway for two to Vancouver and Victoria Island, a five-day getaway for two to Costa Rica, both trips with airfare, or a $500 gift certificate for Airbnb.  Other prizes include an Island Balloon Flight for two, a Bay Fly Fishing Sunset Charter for two, an Island Stop Market Crab Feast for 12, a Jlyn Designs paper mache animal, Rebecca Grow’s Artful Box filled with handcrafted jewelry, a Russell Turnage pottery lamp, and a Bob Carlson original painting.

 Guests at the ExtravaGala will enjoy an exciting evening with fine food, cocktails, and dancing to music provided by The Paul Roberts Orchestra.  The evening’s highlight will be the raffle drawing.  Another drawing will reveal the winner of a special door prize: a week at Pauley’s Island, S.C.  Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on a collaborative work of art designed and implemented by a group of local artists. 

“I’m excited about this celebration,” stated Gay Butler, co-chair of the event.  “For the last 17 years, the Bay School has held an auction in order to raise money for the school.  Though very successful, the auction was limited in that only those guests present at the event had the opportunity to participate in the fundraiser.  The raffle gives everyone in the community, even those unable to attend the ExtravaGala, the chance not only to win a fantastic prize but also the opportunity to support the Bay School.”

 The celebration will be the school’s major fund raising event this year and will be its primary source of income.  The Bay School is a non-profit 501c3 whose mission is to provide quality art education to all people regardless of age or ability.  The School provides 100 classes per year for artists and craftsman of all ages, and an outreach program for under-served populations in the area.  Located on Main Street in Mathews, the facility houses the Art Speaks Gallery, the Art Supply Store, and three classrooms, including a pottery studio.

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