Wow!! Just the response we were looking for!! The Great Spirit Bear Auction & Gala took place at The Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina Tues. October 10th. and our Spirit Bear ‘captured’ a pretty grand price!
Approximately 30 ‘Spirit Bears’ from the Greater Vancouver and Whistler areas were auctioned live with the proceeds raised from the to benefit the BC Lions Society’s Easter Seal Services and the Canucks For Kids Fund.
Our "WPGA School Spirit Bear" based on the collective artworks of over 500 kids from West Point Grey Academy as well as the bears of other British Columbia artists raised over $570,000 at the auction! (Click on ‘the bears’ link and scroll down to see the bears.)
Our bear was made possible by the generous sponsorship of 4Moms for Kids. A group of four moms from West Point Grey Academy (WPGA) in Vancouver B.C.
One of the ‘4 Moms’ had purchased my ‘Young and Free’ Orca whale, created for the Orcas in the City Project done by the Lions Society a couple of years back.
She loves the art of small children and the Look What I Drawed style of the Orca so she really wanted to involve the children of WPGA in a similar project.
When the Spirit Bears in the City Project came up, she gathered together her sister and two other moms from the school and sponsored our bear… and the rest is history!
The Spirit Bears in the City project was a fantastic experience for me that went beyond just making great art.
Thanks to the BC Lions Society both the Orcas in the City Project and the Spirit Bears in the City Project were a huge success. They were so organized and friendly to work with and are really doing wonderful things for the children who receive their services.
Our sponsors the ‘4 Moms’ were fantastic to work with as well as the children from West Point Grey Academy.
This project has so many winners:
The children and families who need the support from the BC Lions Society, The Canucks for Kids Foundation and the Easter Seals.
The artists who can share their love and talent with the community.
The sponsors who can feel good about their contributions to a worthy cause.
The children of West Point Grey Academy who had a fantastic opportunity to showcase their talents to the world and show that kids art is truly beautiful.
The Spirit Bear who with the the help of Simon Jackson and his Spirit Bear Youth Coalition gets more public attention to his fight against extinction.
The kids from Sullivan Elementary who viewed our Spirit Bear in his ‘creation process’, and whose wonderful insights into the art were truly inspiring.
And the general public as well as the people who come to visit our great city, get to enjoy the beauty and diversity of all the artwork presented.
Thank you so much everyone for an exciting experience that will last me and my family a lifetime.