Each will be showcased Feb. 8 during live or silent auctions at the Bowties & Sweethearts Valentine’s Gala, a fundraiser for the Leader-Post Christmas Cheer Fund, which supports four Regina shelters for women and children fleeing domestic abuse.
The Mosaic Company, the event’s presenting sponsor, donated a Rolling Stones guitar, autographed by all band members, as well as a 2012 Craven Country Jamboree guitar, autographed by the performing artists that year, including Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley,
“We often, when we see something kind of unique like this when we’re out and about, we will purchase it and then donate it to another community event, so they can use it to raise money,” explained Sarah Fedorchuk of The Mosaic Company.
Mosaic also donated a Napa Valley epicurean adventure, which includes a cooking class, private wine tasting, three-course lunch for two; a three-hour gourmet dinner for two on the Napa Valley wine train; a private olive oil estate tour and tasting for two; three nights at the Meritage Resort and Spa, and airfare for two.
While she wouldn’t venture a guess how much the auction items might raise for local shelters, Fedorchuk said “We’re just hoping that this year’s gala hits a new record.”
In addition to donating auction items, Mosaic has been a major bidder at the Valentine’s gala in the past. For example, in 2012 the company bid $10,000 for a Dog River painting by Regina visual artist Ladd Fogerty. The painting now hangs in the Mosaic tower.
“It’s definitely a nice reminder of our involvement in the event and how far that event has developed and become such a showcase for the Regina community,” she said.
“Mosaic really likes to make those local community investments. We really loved how the Leader-Post (Christmas) Cheer Fund was sponsoring women’s shelters. It was something we haven’t given to before, and this allowed us to support them and bring recognition in the community to the work they do,” Fedorchuk said.
“An event like this is only successful if everyone rallies around and makes it a priority. And we’ve been very lucky, ” she said, praising those “who have come to the table in a big way.”
In its first three years, the Bowties & Sweethearts gala raised over $230,000 for the Christmas Cheer Fund, pointed out Tracy Fahlman, a member of the event’s organizing committee.
The event was started in 2010 by members of the Dog River Howlers Rugby Club. Club members Karl Fix and Tim Young, recognizing a special need in the community, organized a volunteer team to create the posh fundraiser. The duo continue to sit on the organizing committee, which has expanded over the years to include new community leaders, Fahlman pointed out. In addition to Fix (event chair), Young (Young’s Equipment) and Fahlman (Regina Hotel Association), this year’s committee also includes Fedorchuk (The Mosaic Company), Marla Preston (Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan), Tim Wicijowski (CIBC Wood Gundy), Tim Schaefer (Varsity Homes Ltd.), Denis Jones (Deveraux Homes and Development), Kevin Knight (Knight Automotive Group), Kevin Tell (Cindercrete Products Ltd.), Robert Banderhooft (Greystone Managed Investments Inc.), Marnel Jones (The Mosaic Group), Melynda Loder (Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan) and Anne Ottmann (Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan).
The debut gala raised $45,000. Last year’s event raised $115,000.
“We’re hoping to exceed last year,” an optimistic Fahlman said.
This year’s gala will include gourmet cuisine by Chef Milton Rebello of the Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan. The menu includes an artisan bread platter and antipasto, duo of duck and foie gras, lobster bisque, truffle foam and lobster thermidor, beef tenderloin, brandied chanterelles and wild mushrooms, micro vegetables and a chocolate trio.
The evening’s entertainment will be provided by Buffalo Narrows and Zenaya Semple. Frogsback performs at the after party.
The event is by invitation, with tables of 10 going for $3,000. About 85 to 90 per cent of tables are sold to returning guests, Fahlman estimated.
by Irene Seiberling of the Regina Leader Post