Rouge: Varley Gala to benefit art foundation

With a cocktail reception, three-course dinner and a live auction featuring artwork by emerging and established contemporary artists, you don’t want to miss the second annual Rouge: Varley Gala.

The Doubts, billed as the Greater Toronto Area’s ultimate party band, will play covers of top 40 hits from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. The live auction will also feature unique lifestyle packages, while selections from the silent auction include artwork, major Toronto sporting event tickets – including the Toronto Raptors – theatre tickets and wine tastings.

Funds raised from the gala event will benefit the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham in support of the gallery’s exhibitions, art acquisitions and education programs, which are important in fostering creativity, art appreciation and dialogue in a diverse, rapidly-growing community.

The name of the gala is full of symbolism. Rouge, (French for red) is one of Canada’s national colours, in one of our official national languages. Artists Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven captured the Canadian landscape and the brilliant colours of autumn. Frederick Horsman Varley, a founding member of the Group, lived on Main Street in Unionville from 1957-1969. The Varley Art Gallery, located at the corner of Main Street and Carlton Road, overlooks Toogood Pond, which feeds into the Rouge River.

“Last year, the gala raised $160,000 and, with your generous support, we endeavour to surpass this goal,” Foundation members say in a news release.

This year’s event will be held at the new Toronto Marriott Markham, at 170 Enterprise Blvd., on Oct. 11 from 6-10 p.m. A limited number of tickets are available at $150 each. Corporate tables are available for $2,000. To learn more, contact Francesca Dauphinais, foundation development officer, at [email protected] or 905-477-7000, ext. 3264.

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