An evening in support of the arts


Screen Shot 2017-10-11 at 11.10.43 AMBAKER CITY —  Crossroads Carnegie Art Center’s annual gala happens Oct. 21, and this year’s theme is “An Evening on the Orient Express.”

“Each year, our fundraising gala raises critical operating support to allow Crossroads to continue its programs,” said Ginger Savage, executive director of Crossroads.

The evening includes dinner featuring a menu inspired by the original Orient Express. Guests are encouraged to dress in costumes reminiscent of the Orient Express era, 1898 to the 1930s, or like any character from Agatha Christie’s novels.

Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Event Center, 2600 East St. This is also the time to peruse the art and other items included in the silent and live auctions. Mib Dailey will lead the live auction.

Tickets are $40 and available at Crossroads, 2020 Auburn Ave., from board members and through the center’s Facebook page. No tickets will be sold at the door.

A challenge

During a chance meeting this summer, Savage made a connection with the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Care Foundation.

“Mrs. Schnitzer wanted to give our community a hand and has set down two challenge grants for our gala,” Savage said.

First, Schnitzer will match every dollar up to $2,500 donated to support bringing Missoula Children’s Theatre back to Baker City three times in 2018.

“This is critically needed as audience participation was markedly down at two of the three performances while youth participation was at an all-time high,” Savage said.   

The second challenge is to match up to $2,500 for the care of the Carnegie Library. The funds are necessary after a harsh winter and four months of street construction limited guests’ access to the building this summer, Savage said.

“Mrs. Schnitzer’s generous gift will only be fulfilled if our community comes together to support these two programs,” she said. “We are so appreciative and excited for this remarkable gift.”

The evening

The Little Pig will cater dinner, and El Erradero will offer the no-host bar. Sorbenots Coffee is providing coffee for the evening, and the actors who have participated in Missoula Children’s Theatre will help with serving.

The live auction will feature artwork by many artists, both local and regional. Also, this year’s gala will honor artists G. Ann Eriksmoen, Nanci Sheppard and Debbie Friedman. All three will be presented with a glass award made by Tom Dimond of Cove. Eriksmoen and Sheppard each created new artwork that will be auctioned at the gala, as well as a basket celebrating Friedman’s contributions that includes ballet tickets and art supplies.

New to this year’s gala is the “Drunken Pig Raffle,” which includes five prizes. Among them are two halves of a heritage pig cut and wrapped by Baker County Custom Meats, a bronze sculpture, a Crazy Chicken lap quilt and three bottles of fine spirits. Raffle tickets will be sold through Dec. 1 and cost $5 each or six for $20 (must be 21 or older to purchase).

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