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Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA) is pleased to announce tickets go on sale August 1 for the 2018 annual Auction and Gala.

Held over two evenings, September 21 and 22, the annual event showcases the creativity of the local arts community and generosity of local and off-island donors and patrons.
The gala theme this year is the Masquerade, and the events that make up the celebration promise to be something special.

“We felt the need to really change things up this year,” says Kevin Hoffberg, Executive Director of VCA.  “We’ve lowered the cost of the Friday night auction.  The live auction both nights is going to be in our auditorium and will include a show.  The gala dinner will be held in our lobby after the Saturday night auction. The asks will all be done so we can just enjoy each other’s company.  Guests who don’t want to stay for dinner can come to the Saturday event for just $35.”

The annual affair is actually built around three events that bracket the month of September.

On September 7, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 PM, VCA opens its doors to preview the art and experiences that will be on offer.  VCA friends will have the opportunity to meet the artists and view the art that will be featured in the auctions.  Local restaurateurs Dre Neely and Pepa Brower will be catering the affair and showcasing the cooking of both Gravy and new restaurant Sugo.  There is no charge for admission.

Friday, September 21 kicks off with “Maker’s Masquerade.”  Participants are invited to dress “Vashon formal” (muck boots should be washed off please!) and to bring their own mask or buy one at the event to benefit Vashon Artists in Schools.  Doors open at 5:30 to delicious finger food, fine beverages, and the silent auction.  The live auction will be held in the auditorium and will feature just 25 items.  The event includes two live performances that are sure to thrill the audience.  The auction is followed by an afterparty.  Best of all, tickets are just $35.  Catering is provided by local favorite, Herban Feast.

Saturday, September 22 is final night and “Venetian Nights” Masquerade.  Guests are invited to don their finest and wear or buy a mask that benefits VAIS.  Doors open at 5:30 to food, fine beverages, and the silent auction.  The live auction will be held in the auditorium and will feature just 25 items.  The event includes two live performances and the auction is followed by a proper sit-down dinner.

At dinner, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy good food, good wine, good company with no asks.  Just thanks.
Tickets for “auction only” are just $35. Auction with Gala Dinner tickets are $165 if purchased by Sept 1, and seating is limited. Catering is provided by local favorite, Herban Feast.

“The annual auction and gala are the centerpiece of our annual fund drive,” says Kevin Hoffberg.  “We’ve been able to raise $100,000 each of the past two years for our scholarship fund.  This means we’re able to say ‘yes’ to every Vashon resident who wants to take a class but needs financial help to do so.  We have also netted about $100,000 each of the past two years to support dance, arts education, Vashon Artists in Schools, visual arts and performing arts.  We’re awed and grateful for the incredible generosity of our community.”

Kevin Joyce, master auctioneer and local creative genius joins us again as auctioneer both nights.

How to purchase your tickets:
Online (preferred method): Go to www.VCAMaestro.com and create an account (super easy!) or log into an existing account. After you’ve done this, click on “Buy Tickets” at the top of the page and follow the simple steps.
By Phone: Call the Katherine L White Hall front desk at 206-463-5131.
In Person: Come in to the Katherine L White Hall and purchase your tickets at the front desk.