Having reached over 82% of its fundraising goal, the Campaign Team for the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery are now ready to approach the community and will be launching its Community Campaign during Art Walk in Downtown Sarnia on June 4. The Community Campaign Tent will be set-up at the corner of Lochiel and Christina Streets.
"I continue to be incredibly impressed with the generosity of the people and businesses in this community, and impressed with the enthusiasm of our hard working campaign team," said Campaign Co-Chair Jim Burns. "We need to raise just $644,000 during this final phase of the campaign to meet our $3.5 million fundraising goal."
As the community campaign launches, local community members and the gallery's corporate friends are being encouraged to make a financial pledge, or to consider holding a fundraising event in the gallery's honour.
"We appreciate that Maran Fashions, celebrating 25 years in downtown Sarnia, chose to direct a portion of proceeds from their special event, The Renaissance Experience, to the new gallery," said Burns. "We hope to see more community events like these planned in the coming months."
A second event, taking place this weekend, will see local artists donating works of art that will be sold with all proceeds being directed to the new gallery. "Artists for Art" will be held on Saturday, June 4, inside Bayside Mall as part of Art Walk festivities.
Also during the month of June, the Campaign Team will continue to finalize the Family Campaign that was underway in all of the County of Lambton's workplaces during the months of April and May. The Corporation's employees, along with County Councillors, participated in special events and made personal pledges that currently amount to $90,408.35 for the capital campaign.
"This fundraising campaign has moved along at a steady pace and we hope that our community can pull together to help us reach our target," said Burns. "This is an important community project that will benefit our region for years to come and will have a positive impact on our economy, cultural and tourism sector and our society as a whole."
The new Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery received $3.9 million in funding from the federal government's Cultural Spaces Program, in addition to a $2.6 million financial commitment from the County of Lambton. The new gallery will be named after lead donors, Judith and Norman Alix, long-time residents and business owners in Sarnia who made a $1.5 million gift to the campaign in December 2010. The new gallery is scheduled to open in 2012.
For more information about the gallery and the capital campaign, visit www.artgallerylambton.ca.