Arts Umbrella Splash Gala raises $430,000 to help young artists

OpenRoad Auto Group was proud to sponsor the 2016 Arts Umbrella Splash Gala, which raised a record-breaking $430,000 for accessible art education for young people throughout Greater Vancouver.

More than 600 guests attended the sold-out gala on November 3 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver where OpenRoad displayed some artwork of it’s own with a stunning Rolls-Royce Dawn valued at $650,000.

Guests pose with OpenRoad’s Rolls-Royce Dawn.

The evening began with a champagne reception and an opportunity to bid on silent auction items, while the live auction had patrons bid on approximately 200 pieces created by prominent B.C.-based artists including Gordon Smith, Paul Wong and Bobbie Burgers. CBC’s Gloria Macarenko and Fred Lee emceed the gala.

CBC’s Gloria Macarenko and Fred Lee emceed this year’s Splash Gala.

Over the course of Splash’s 34 successful years, Arts Umbrella has raised more than $5.5 million in net proceeds to support programs that make a positive difference in young lives. Because art can change children’s lives, Arts Umbrella helps young artists cultivate creativity and grow self-confidence through dance, theatre and visual arts. Since 1979, the not-for-profit has opened the door to all kids ages two to 19 to find and explore their artistic voices. More than 20,000 students discover the magic each year, with more than half participating at little to no cost to their families.

Arts Umbrella dancers prepare to perform.

Watch OpenRoad’s take on the 2016 Splash Gala below:

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