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Chestnut Creek School of the Arts celebrated its fourth annual fundraising Gala on April 13, with the theme "Hand-Crafted in Galax: A New Woodworking Studio for CCSA.”
Guests were treated to music, hors d’oeuvres, wine sampling and a silent auction. Local artisans contributed unique works to be sold at the auction, such as paintings, sculptures, fabrics and woodwork.
That night, CCSA’s gala helped to raise more than $9,000 through ticket sales, pre-gala donations and the silent auction for the school’s new woodworking studio.
People were also given donations cards to take home with them, and according to programming/marketing director Marianne Kovatch, the school was beginning to receive them back on Wednesday.
A fitting tribute to the city of Galax, the woodworking studio will continue a long history of wood-crafting in this area. The new facility on South Main Street will offer classes in instrument building, furniture making, wood-turning and other wood-related crafts, according to pamphlets that were handed to each guest as they arrived at the gala.
The project began last year with preliminary drawings, with funds donated in memory of Claude Turner, who supported the effort before his death, the pamphlet said.
Funds for the building will consist of grants and donations made to the school’s Woodworking Studio Fund.
CCSA has already been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. With the help of many locals who made donations, the school also managed to raise the required $75,000 local match for the grant, which kick-started the building phase of the long-awaited project.
These donors included Mickey and Tina Cunningham, Theresa and Robert Lazo, Rosamond and Esko Lehtinen, Bill and Janet Nuckolls, Jim and Mary Lily Nuckolls, Todd and Gloria Price, Southern Door Supply, Nancy Stone, Irene Turner, Anne Vaughan, David and Elizabeth Vaughan, The Vaughan Foundation, Doris Ward and several others.
Those who were unable to attend can still help the school open their new woodworking studio. To make a tax-deductable donation, visit www.chestnutcreekarts.org and click on “Support the Arts” to make a donation. Donations can also be sent to CCSA, PO Box 417, Galax, with a note specifying that the donation is for the woodworking studio.
For more information about CCSA, call 276-236-3500.