Friday, Seeker Chicks Mai-Liis Renaud and Julia Lucio donated a substantial $2,500 to the City’s Arts & Culture Trust Fund. The donation was handled by John McMartin (president) and Rose Desnoyers (chair) of the Centre for the Arts Collective, an approved committee of the City of Cornwall whose main functions are to raise awareness of arts in the community and raise funds to see the completion of a brand new or refurbished Arts Centre come to life.
The money was raised at the 2014 Seekers Choice Awards. “When we started the Seeker five years ago, we wanted to make it a paper where Arts, Culture and Events would be on the main stage,” said Lucio. “It was a no brainer last year when the time came to select the Collective as the beneficiary of the fundraiser. The Seeker virtually brings the Arts together on paper, the Collective can bring them under a physical roof.”
“Our vision is to see that centre built in the next few years,” continued Renaud. “It’s no secret that the Seeker has a heart for the arts, so we’ll do anything to help this come to life. We’re hoping our donation raises awareness about the need of this Arts Facility and will inspire others to do the same.”
The three levels of government, Federal, Provincial and Municipal were also present, showing that our politicians are taking the Arts Community seriously. Here is what Guy Lauzon, Jim MacDonnell and Leslie O’Shaugnessy had to say.