In 1998 a dozen ladies sat around a table in a building in downtown Cleveland, discussed what they could do to keep the arts in the schools systems and formed a committee to work on this idea. Sixteen years later that idea will present itself as the annual Chair-ries Jubilee fundraiser for the arts on Friday, April 12, at 6 p.m. at the Museum Center at 5ive Points.
Nancy Casson, who has been part of the committee since its inception, noted that some of those same ladies are still members of this committee. Some have rotated off, and others have joined to keep this event going.
“While we were beginning to discuss arts in our schools, the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce was placing a greater emphasis on quality of life in the community,” Ms. Casson, who now co-chairs the Chair-ries Jubilee Committee, recalled. “The result was formation of the Allied Arts and Leisure Council, which later became the Allied Arts Council.”
Ms. Casson continued, “What a perfect marriage these two became—the Allied Arts Council and its subcommittee Chair-ries Jubilee. And together they have made this annual fundraiser a premier spring event.”
To date the committee has raised, through the generosity of artists, sponsors, volunteers and attendees, over $300,000 for arts in the schools and in Cleveland and Bradley County. The monies are given to local schools through a grant application process and to fund artists in the schools.
The 2013 committee members who are working to bring this year’s event to reality are Casson, Co-chair Ann McCarley, Cathy Boettner, Jennifer Krecklow, Kathy Thaggard, Beth Gardner, Cindy Baker, Amy Foss, Jeanne Sawyer, June Chase, Lori Calfee, Diana Auberry, Tracey Wright, Nancy LaBine, Lisa Hoffer, Heather Ryerson, Jaime Barks and Rachel Warren.
Tickets are available now for this year’s fundraiser at the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce and The Red Ribbon for $20 in advance. Tickets are $25 at the door. The silent auction and social hour begin at 6 p.m. A live auction begins with auctioneer David Carroll at 8 p.m.