EPHRAIM, WI (January 11, 2015) – The Hardy Gallery is pleased to announce their annual fundraising raffle drawing came to a close on October 13, 2015 with Kathy Surges, owner of Hide Side Corner Store in Fish Creek, as the lucky recipient of a masterful work created by Bonnie Paruch. This year’s fundraiser was the most successful to date; selling more than 2500 tickets throughout the season and producing revenue of over $8000.00. The Hardy was honored to have partnered with the Peninsula Preschool in Ephraim, WI for their Art from the Heart Partnership, raising almost $2000.00 for the Peninsula Preschool’s organization. It was a great experience for all parties involved and the Hardy Gallery was pleased to have worked and collaborated with so many talented and dedicated people. The raffle was structured to benefit all participating parties: the selected artist, who was commissioned and paid for the creation of the painting, the fundraising efforts raised to support the gallery and the donor who purchased the painting and donated it to the Hardy.
Each year the Hardy Gallery sets out to commission a Door County artist to make an original work of art that thoughtfully represents the historically iconic graffiti-covered warehouse situated on Ephraim’s Anderson Dock. For 2015, Bonnie Paruch was selected as the raffle artist and thereby produced Breezy Day at Eagle Harbor, original oil on canvas valued at $3600.00. The completed work was then displayed at the gallery for the duration of the season. Raffle tickets went on sale beginning in June until the closing of the gallery in mid-October. In addition, the Hardy works in partnership with a fellow (local) non-profit to bring greater awareness of the respective organizations to the public and support each other financially through mutual ticket sales. In return for a stake in the fundraiser, the Hardy gifts a percentage of ticket sales back to the partnering organization.
For 2015 The Hardy partnered with the Peninsula Preschool for its Art from the Heart Partnership. The Peninsula Preschool is an educational organization devoted to preschool age children and their families. The school's purpose is to provide a warm, inviting and well-equipped setting where children are free and safe to play and learn. The school's curriculum stimulates intellectual, emotional, physical and social growth. Children are encouraged to think independently, pursue their natural curiosities and strive towards their own potential. Because of their determination and assistance from the greater Door Community the Peninsula Preschool sold over 1000 raffle tickets, which the Hardy Gallery graciously donated 50% of ticket sales sold by the Peninsula Preschool back to the school, directly benefitting the children of Northern Door.
The Hardy Gallery would like to show its appreciation by thanking all of their incredible volunteers that made this year’s raffle such a big success, Peninsula Preschool for their support and teamwork and finally to Dennis and Bonnie Connolly for their patronage and without whom the commission and raffle would not have been possible.