Com­mu­nity made art auc­tion a suc­cess

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Opinion -

On be­half of the Ear­lville Opera HouseBoard of Di­rec­tors, staff and pa­trons, I would like to thank all those who helped make the Ear­lville OperaHouse’s fifth an­nual Auc­tion for the Arts a tri­umphant suc­cess on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12.

Tra­di­tion­ally hosted off-site, this year’s Auc­tion for the Arts took place at the Ear­lville Opera House as we high­light the ad­di­tion of heat to our his­toric 1892 the­ater. It was a fun, fes­tive and ex­tremely de­light­ful evening en­joyed by all in at­ten­dance who ex­pe­ri­enced an in­cred­i­ble at­mos­phere in­clud­ing de­li­cious food, drink, live mu­sic and min­gling among peers to bid on an amaz­ing ar­ray of items that in­cluded ed­i­bles, ex­pe­ri­ences, en­ter­tain­ment, es­sen­tials and unique em­bel­lish­ments.

This event was a vic­tory due to the kind and gen­er­ous sup­port of over 100 busi­nesses, or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als who do­nated auc­tion items for bid­ding, as well as the sig­nif­i­cant cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship re­ceived from Golden Artist Col­ors, Col­gate Uni­ver­sity, NBT In­sur­ance, Pre­ferred Mu­tual In­sur­ance Com­pany, sfcu, Burgess & Tedesco Fu­neral Homes, nycm In­sur­ance, Com­mu­nity Bank, Burt Mar­shall, Gustafson & Wargo, Uni­ver­sity Chrysler, Com­merce Chenango and the Col­gate Inn.

Ad­di­tional thanks to our inkind and other spon­sors for their com­mu­nity spirit in sup­port­ing this event: Bullth­is­tle Brew­ing Com­pany, Gil­li­gan’s Is­land, Old Home Dis­tillers, Pleas­ant Val­ley Bak­ery, Pires Flower Bas­ket, Vil­lage Wine and Spir­its, Jewetts Cheese House, Rossi Cater­ing, and to our main caterer Col­gate Din­ing Ser­vices/Chartwells.

And of course, great grat­i­tude is also ex­tended to the pa­trons who at­tended this year’s. auc­tion. We had a nice crowd of peo­ple who re­ally en­joyed the won­der­ful com­bi­na­tion of items avail­able to bid on, and who also en­joyed a ca­sual and mem­o­rable evening among friends.

For more than 45 years, Ear­lville OperaHouse has beena mecca for arts and cul­ture in ru­ral Cen­tral New York. Housed in a re­stored, his­toric late-19th-cen­tury struc­ture, the OperaHouse of­fers classes for chil­dren and adults; ex­hibits the work of lo­cal, re­gional and na­tional artists; and stages per­for­mances rang­ing from com­mu­nity theatre to na­tion­ally renowned mu­si­cians. This is only due to sup­port from peo­ple like you

Onemore shout out- to the EOH Board of Di­rec­tors who’s sup­port, en­ergy, time and care make the Opera House the bea­con of the arts it is! Hats off to Board mem­ber Diane Fen­ton, Chair of the EOH De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, for her lead­er­ship in chair­ing this event.

These events are only made pos­si­ble by those who be­lieve in our mis­sion to en­rich the com­mu­nity through the vis­ual and per­form­ing arts while pre­serv­ing the iconic EOH build­ing for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. We could not keep the mu­sic and art alive with­out all of you. Thank you for sup­port­ing a grow­ing artis­tic com­mu­nity and help­ing to pre­serve the longevity of the OperaHouse- youmake the dif­fer­ence!

Michelle Con­nelly, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Ear­lville Opera House

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