On Oct. 11, the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham will present the second annual Rouge: Varley Gala fundraiser.

The upscale sophistication of the new Toronto Marriott Markham in Downtown Markham sets the stage for the interactive evening. Guests will be immersed in contemporary art from the moment they approach the hotel’s main doors. The evening features a cocktail reception, seated dinner, entertainment by The Doubts, silent and live auctions and more.

The Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham supports the Varley Art Gallery as a premier cultural destination in the GTA. The mandate of the foundation is to support the gallery through their fundraising activities and investments in the visual arts program. Support includes acquiring art to add to the gallery collection, providing funds to assist with the conservation of the art collection, exhibition research, educational programming and managing a volunteer program to further enhance the gallery’s public programs and events.

Through the gala, the foundation hopes to exceed their goal of raising $180,000. The funds will ensure they are able to continue supporting the gallery to stimulate and develop creativity within the community through engaging exhibition and education programs.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To learn more or purchase tickets for the event, contact Francesca Dauphinais, Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham development officer, at 905-477-7000 ext.3264 or email fdauphinais@markham.ca

Tickets for Rouge: Varley Gala are $150 each. Corporate tables are available for $2,000. Visit rougevarleygala2018.eventbrite.ca.

Photo: On the right, Francesca Dauphinais, Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham development officer. Adam Tonon photo