CAC celebrating 25th anniversary at Raceway ParkWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Collingwood Arts Center has been betting on some of our area’s most prolific artists for a quarter of a century. Now, it wants Toledoans to join in on the fun with a Sept. 25 celebration fundraiser at Raceway Park. The event will feature live music, painting, art auctions and more by some of the area’s most celebrated talents.
The fundraiser is the first major event being helmed by newly appointed Collingwood Arts Center Interim Executive Director Brian Felster and Program Director Ralph Ragsdale. The event began under the direction of previous director, Audrey Johnson.
“We have a lot of work to do, but I think we’re headed in a positive direction, and hopefully this type of large event is something that we can make an annual thing,” Felster said.
The CAC offers Ohio’s only long-term residency program with living space and studios for working artists in a variety in disciplines from around our community and beyond. Noted CAC resident artists have included Eddie Abrams, Ray Patrick, Yusuf Lateef, Jerry Gray, Kerry Krow, Terry A. Burton, Michael Kocinski and a host of others. Rental rates start at $110 a month for residential space. The CAC also functions as a venue for many regionally and nationally known productions such as “Menopause the Musical” and “Shopping.”
Tickets for the fundraiser are $40 for singles and $70 per couple. Admission includes a buffet-style dinner, dessert, first two drinks free, $5 betting voucher, official racing program, score card, betting guide and other perks such as an annual CAC membership valued at $25. There will also be a raffle and door prizes as well as a cash bar. The festivities will run from 5 to 10 p.m. The buffet will open at 5:30 p.m. and racing will begin at 6 p.m.
Those who can not attend may also sponsor an artist to attend on their behalf. Tax deductible donations and event volunteers are also welcomed and encouraged.
All proceeds will go directly to the facility’s operating costs. The Collingwood Arts Center is a 501(c) 3 Non-profit organization.
Tickets for the fundraiser may be purchased by calling (419) 244-2787 or by visiting the CAC business office weekdays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Collingwood Arts Center is located at 2413 Collingwood Blvd. Raceway Park is located at 5700 Telegraph Road.
For more information, call (419) 476-7751 or visit www.racewayparktoledo.com.
For more information on the CAC, visit www.collingwoodartscenter.org.