12th annual Arts & Jazz auction Saturday
By Jack Kintner
The 12th annual Arts & Jazz benefit auction takes place this Saturday evening January 31 at 7 p.m. in the Blaine middle school cafeteria. The annual tradition is the primary fund raiser for the Blaine Fine Arts Association, and auction coordinators Dorita Gray and Tami Kramme want you to know that every last red cent raised at the all-volunteer auction goes toward supplementing and enhancing the art curriculum.
“One hundred percent of the funds raised benefit our students,” said Gray, “allowing them to work with equipment and instruments and to have arts experiences beyond what would otherwise be possible.”
Blaine city manager Gary Tomsic once again will be handling auctioneer duties, Gray said, and some of the items to go on the block are indeed impressive. Donations include a $300 Garmin Nuvi 200w Personal Navigator with an auto expansion slot that gives you turn by turn instructions to anywhere in the country, from Debbie Morley at West Marine. A $250 16” Italian Marble Vessel Sink from the Granite Depot on Portal Way. A $900 four-hour international wine tour in a limousine for up to 14 people from Bob Boule, innkeeper at the Smugglers Inn. Two $45 Tickets to the Ramsey Lewis Trio concert on Saturday, March 28, at the Mount Baker Theatre.
Other items include two nights at the new Somerbrook Lavender Farm Guest House east of Blaine. A gift certificate good for a year’s worth of ice cream from Edaleen Dairy. An acoustic guitar and accessories from Hugo Helmer Music Store in Burlington.
Two $120 packs from Brenthaven in Fairhaven, and $350 worth of home maintenance, repair, carpentry and odd jobs from Steve Hawley, “Mr. Handyman.”
The annual event is a significant reason why Blaine’s fine arts and music program is of such high quality. “This is a family-friendly and really fun way to celebrate and see examples of work from the fine arts programs in the Blaine school district,” Gray said. Since the first Arts & Jazz auction in 1998, the association has raised nearly $100,000, making possible almost $40,000 in awards and scholarships.
For more information go to the Blaine school district website, www.blaine.wednet.edu, or contact Dorita Gray at 360/380-1634 or Tami Kramme at 360/332-4218. The Blaine fine Arts Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization entirely staffed and run by volunteers.