Cascadia Art Museum auction raises record amount

Charge for children, teens eliminated
Sep 05, 2018

Saturday night saw the most successful fundraising auction in Cascadia Art Museum’s short three-year history. There were a record number of guests, 325, breaking last year’s number by 20 percent.

“We raised over $450,000 – a stunning 43 percent higher than last year’s successful auction,” said museum president Lindsey Echelbarger.

“There was huge excitement in the tent and we knew that something big was happening during our ‘Raise the Paddle’ portion, but we didn’t know how big it was until the final tally on Sunday.”

Because of the record amount raised, the museum declared that it is eliminating entrance charges for children and teens.

“This is something that we have wanted to do for a long time but because we are new we didn’t feel we could do it quite yet. But the amazing outpouring of support at the auction from our wonderful community allows us to do it now. We thank the entire Edmonds and South Snohomish County community for its tremendous support.”

Gala chairwoman Julie Long said that the record-breaking auction will allow the art museum to fulfill its mission to bring Northwest art to even more residents and to schools in the surrounding school districts.

She also thanked the 50-plus volunteers.

“Our volunteers are the most wonderful hardworking folks in the world, dedicating 1000s of hours for this one event. We succeeded in a huge way because of them. We truly live in a wonderful caring and giving community.”

 

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