Close to 100 friends of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity made their way to Orange this past Saturday evening as the Center launched its inaugural fund-raiser, "Creativity Season." There was much merriment, great food, good spirits (of the liquid kind too!,) and lively repartee: what more could a non-profit devoted to inspiring creativity ask for? Okay, simple answer: money. Friends of the Center showed their true colors by bidding & winning Silent Auction items; some items were so 'hot' that they were bought by opting to 'buy-it-now'. And that was just the beginning! We thought we'd share a few photographs from the evening's festivities with you.
The amazing James C. Mulligan (we all call him Jimmy!) worked all night to complete the mural on the back of the Center's building in Old Towne Orange. Guests stood in awe of his prodigious talent (some even got to hold his paint for him while he worked!)
As you can see the resulting work of art is a show-stopper! Thank you Mr. James C. Mulligan for donating your talent to the Center. We appreciate you!
During the evening, guests were invited to work on canvases that had been prepared with a Chuck Jones line drawing & the results were outstanding. Mrs. Sharon Smith got the paint ball rolling on this canvas that featured Bugs Bunny at his artist easel.
Chris Scardino, one of the Center's teaching artists, lent his expertise to Glenn Locke as the project continued and guests painted a canvas depicting Road Runner and Coyote.
Animation director and Chuck Jones "Dover Boy", Chris Bailey, helped out by filling in the blank canvas Bugs is working on (shown here with Linda Jones Clough, Chuck's daughter.)
The Board of Trustees of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, from left: Marian Jones, Craig Kausen (Chairman,) Linda Jones Clough and Todd Kausen. Not shown is Valerie Kausen.
The live auction got off to a lively start & before you knew it, bidding wars were cropping up everywhere you turned. Our auctioneer, Bill, really put his heart and soul into making the auction a memorable event. Much needed funds were raised!
None of this would have been possible without the tireless effort of the staff of the Center, Cheryl Posner, Executive Director (third from left) and Pam Marsden, Program Director, (on the right) shown here basking in the glory of the new mural with Tracy Tanner (far left) President of the Chuck Jones Council for Creativity (the volunteer community ambassadors for the Center,) without whose awesome talent this event would not have been nearly as wonderful, with Council member Stephen Russo (and the photographer for all of the photos in this post.
Thank you to everyone who joined us Saturday evening and who gave freely to help us insure that these much-needed creativity programs will continue into the future. Huzzahs all around!