Open hearts and pockets at the H'Arts for the Homeless fundraiser
The Lookout Society was looking for a fun way to raise funds for its vital programs and services supporting those living without homes. The solution? Collaborate with In The House Festival and hold a fundraiser gala featuring some very talented, local artists and entertainers.
At $110, the tickets weren't cheap, but neither was the quality of entertainment, food, people, venue and cause.
The money raised through ticket sales and auctions, both silent and live, went directly towards the Lookout Society and its many initiatives.
As guests got to know one another over some delicious food and perused the variety of goodies in the silent auction, artists were busy painting in the background.
They had a mere four hours to complete the paintings before they were auctioned off by the infamous, David C. Jones. The sassy man kept the audience on their toes, and the paddles waving with many paintings going for over $1000!
In addition to the live painting going on there were also roving entertainers, The White Ladies, who mysteriously made their way through the crowd cawing like crows. They enticed many with their peculiar and often synchronized movements and their Victorian outfits.
Mind of a Snail Puppet Co. wowed the crowd with their dark but hilarious puppet story that stood true to the homeless theme. Acted out by spoons, forks and knives as well as many different background changes this was a fantastic grown-up version of the art of puppetry.
A magical night needs a magician and Jamie D. Grant was eager to be that guy. At the beginning of his act he said that we'd have three questions for him during his tricks: How did he do it? Did it actually happen twice? And, when did it happen? He was right. As he pulled bowling balls out of his hat and his suitcase, I was confused and impressed at the same time.
Zaccheus Jackson, the "East Van Ghetto Poet", had the audience captivated with his spoken word. How a man can speak so quickly while being audible is beyond me. It was amazing to hear how he has turned his world around and used his experience and emotions to create such beautiful and meaningful poetry.
Yuki Ueda, Cameron Fraser and Chris Murdoch of Three Dudes on a Stage used acrobatics, juggling and props to tell a family drama.
Mirae Rosner and Hailey McClosky chose lyrical dance for their outlet to express their feelings on what it's like to be homeless.
Melissa Bandura created a song specifically for the event and Lookout Society. Her beautiful voice and musical talent brought a light-hearted noted to the evening while also sending a message about homelessness.