Karen and Steve Hillenburg’s ultra-hip home set the perfect “cool” vibe for the Artist Party that was held on the evening of September 30th.  The event took place so that the Art Alliance could thank the donating artists for participating in the benefit held last May.  Nearly 60 of the 2018 Art Auction artists accepted the invitation to be feted at the event, which was carefully planned and executed by the gracious hostess (Karen) and Kathy Gillespie, who is serving this year as Vice President.  The balmy, tropical air and drifting clouds only enhanced the setting for all who attended.

Food and libations were plentiful, the conversation was light and it was a wonderful affair to reunite the generous artists with the Art Alliance members who coordinated (and supported!)  the successful event which raised over $330,000 to support the mission of the organization.  It is a relief to know that the coffers are quite full for the next grants and award cycle thanks to last year’s Benefit chairs, Susan Crawford and Karen Hillenburg, as well as the tremendous work done by the Artist Committee headed by Barbara Davis, Betsy Greenberg and Leslie Prussia.


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