Edmonds comes out for the arts, setting new record at ECA gala auction

It was a night of fun, great food and the chance to once again showcase Edmonds as a regional arts standout, as more than 270 guests gathered Friday night to support the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

Guests began to gather early Friday evening in the lobby area to meet, greet, socialize and check out a table of silent auction items.  The party then moved to the main stage, with live music, drinks, food and a fresh selection of silent auction items.

The main event was held in the festively-decorated main ballroom, where full carpeting, white linen tablecloths, exquisite lighting and stunning décor transformed the former Edmonds High School gymnasium into a venue worthy of the Great Gatsby. Shubert Ho and his team from Feedme Hospitality outdid themselves with food, and former KING-TV personality and auctioneer extraordinaire John Curley didn’t miss a beat with his signature high-energy performance and electrifying stage presence.

According to ECA officials, the event smashed previous records, raising more than $400,000 to help ensure that the Edmonds Center for the Arts remains a vibrant community nexus for arts and culture.

“It was a great night,” said ECA Executive Director Joe McIalwain. “We are very lucky to serve and be part of such a generous community.”

— Story and photos by Larry Vogel

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