Smoky River Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) and Friends of Smoky River Transportation Society held the FCSS Day Art Show at Club Alouette in Falher, October 20.
Approximately 80 people attended the event that began at 5.30pm and included an adjudicated art show, silent auction and a lasagna supper with Cesar salad, garlic toast and desert provided by FCSS, which was served at 6.30pm.
“We were really pleased with the amount of money raised as this was the first event of this kind that we organized,” says Jean Moore-Lemoine, community development coordinator for FCSS. “The artwork was donated mostly by local artists and the quality of the work is impressive.”
The community also contributed to that success, with Club Alouette donating the use of the hall and Nellie Montpellier providing music for the evening.
Diane Dentinger volunteered to serve bar, Carol Parker volunteered for the entire day and with assistance from other volunteers took care of much of the day’s logistics.
The money raised from the Art Show’s silent auction goes towards Smoky River Community Transportation Service.
In operation for approximately ten years and administered by FCSS, the community transportation service is available to both young and old, with all residents of the MD being encouraged to avail of the service.
This community transportation service is especially valuable to seniors and those with mobility problems in enabling them to access centralized medical services that are often a two-hour drive from the region.
Smoky River is the only region in the province with a community owned transportation program that is recognized by Alberta Motor Association and Alberta Transportation.
With this first-time venture being such a success and with such an enthusiastic response from the community, the organizers are planning to make the Art Show an annual event.