For most non-profits, successful fundraising is absolutely critical for the organization to sustain it’s most basic services and functions. Without it, essential programs that help to serve the community would not be operational.
We have had the privilege of hosting numerous fundraisers throughout the years for non-profits that are making a big difference in our community. One such organization, The Salem Art Association (SAA), has trusted the Salem Convention Center with one of their largest fundraisers of the year, the Annual Clay Ball.
This wildly popular event draws a large crowd every year with their fun, over the top themes and festivities. This year’s theme, Pop of Color! was no exception.
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Hundreds of Mid-Willamette Valley residents donned in brightly colored attire came out last month for the 20th annual Clay Ball auction and dinner to support SAA and enjoy an evening inspired by the 1960s Pop Art movement (i.e. Lichtenstein, Warhol, and their contemporaries).
The formal festivities began with guests mingling in the beautifully decorated Willamette Foyer as they enjoyed gourmet hors-d’oeuvres, beer, wine along with enticing silent auction packages.
Guests later gathered in the Willamette Ballroom for a three-course dinner, followed by an exciting live auction featuring original art and exciting experience packages. Once the bidding was over, the lights went down, the music went up, and event-goers filled the dance floor for a fun filled night.
The sale of tickets and auction purchases from the Clay Ball helps the Salem Art Association (SAA) provide arts opportunities to everyone from underserved students to established artists, and it was a privilege to host this outstanding organization again this year.
About The Salem Art Association
The Salem Art Association is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization serving the mid-Willamette Valley and is one of the largest community arts organizations in Oregon. SAA achieves its mission through the educational programming like SAA’s Community Arts Education program (CAE), SAA’s Galleries Program in the Bush Barn Art Center, the historic Bush House Museum, Salem Art Fair & Festival, the largest art festival of it’s kind in Oregon.