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Arts Crush: You Don't Have to be Rick Steves to Support the Arts

The fifth annual gala and auction will raise funds for the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

In a confusing overlap of words, there are two Arts Crush events happening this year.

One is a series of theater dance music and visual arts events throughout Seattle, spanning the month of October. The second event is closer to home and helps support the , a hub for local, national and even international talents. The 2011 Arts Crush auction is this Saturday and tickets are now available.

“ECA is an essential part of the community—a historic building, a gathering place, a center of culture and an economic driver,” said Jamie Herlich, the center's director of development. “Arts Crush is a great way to support the center and, thus, the community, while having a great time.”

The building now housing Edmonds Center for the Arts was built in 1909 but underwent a yearlong renovation in 2005, reopening its doors to the community the next year. Throughout its long history, the space was a high school, a junior high school and a college. Surely, many community members have fond memories of performing in the space over the years, from taking the stage with local dance company to demonstrating their musical prowess in a youthful band.

Since opening five years ago, the ECA has brought numerous talents to the community, including the likes of Randy Newman, Al Stewart and Spike and the Impalers.

Last month, Edmonds resident and TV personality to the Edmonds Center. Now there's an opportunity, in a much smaller way, of course, for the community to give back.

The night includes a silent auction and a dinner catered by Shooby Doo catering, with wine pairings by Ruth and David Arista from Edmonds' . There will also be a live auction with celebrity auctioneer John Curley. To put a little kick in the evening, FIVE Restaurant Bistro has donated a signature cocktail and has provided patron gifts.

“Attendees can bid on hundreds of amazing items, as well as visit with their friends and colleagues in a festive environment,” Herlich said. “The layout of the event is designed to offer the opportunity to connect with the organization on a visceral level as they spend their evening exploring and experiencing all of the wonder that ECA’s beautiful space has to offer.”

Funds raised from the evening will go to further the ECA’s mission, which includes, “underwriting national and international acclaimed artists, educating young audiences, creating important community programs and maintaining our remarkable facility.”

The ECA would like to give a special thanks to their event sponsors: Milliman (gold), Harbor Square Athletic Club (commemorative), Whidbey Island Bank and Mercedes-Benz of Lynnwood (silver) and Koenig Financial Group (Friend of ECA sponsor).

For more information about the event or Edmonds Center for the Arts, or to purchase tickets, please visit the ECA website or call (425) 275-9485.

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