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Calgary auction recap and thank you!

posted Feb 4, 2013, 9:54 PM by Melissa Baker   [ updated Feb 4, 2013, 10:04 PM by Tascheleia Marangoni ]
PPDA’s annual January fundraiser was on Saturday, January, 26 in Kelowna, Edmonton, and Calgary. Overall, the event was successful in each of those three cities!  A very special thank you needs to go to the event sponsors and artists/item donors—we could not have done our events without you!

In Calgary, our main sponsor was Gravity Espresso and Wine Bar, a locally owned and operated café in the Calgary area of Inglewood. The owners, Andy and Zara, were incredibly helpful and supportive of our event. They donated part of their café during a busy Saturday afternoon so that we could hold our event, and they let us introduce ourselves to their customers. Thank you, Andy and Zara!

Of course, we can’t forget about our item donors! We wouldn’t have had an auction without them. Two local galleries, Webster Galleries and Stoneworx Gallery, donated pieces for our auction. Julie Marwood, a Calgary family photographer, donated a couple of packages, and an Alberta nature photographer donated several framed photographs. I donated a jewelry set that I made. We had ten items in total, and each of our items sold during the auction, so thank you to the bidders who bid on these items!

Our event, as with the other two auctions, ran from 2pm to 5pm. I invited cafe patrons to stop by and take a look at the items and to learn more about PPDA, and quite a few of them stopped by. Even if we had few bidders, at least we were doing our part in raising awareness for both PPDA and for postpartum mood disorders.

I’d like to say thank you to everyone who assisted with the art auction and all of the January awareness events! PPDA is growing, and 2013 is shaping up to be a great year!

Calgary photo gallery:

A view of the auction setup. The table featured the PPDA information display, postcards, business cards, and the awareness month poster. In front of that was a copy of the postpartum plan and the Edinburgh PPD screening test.

The majority of the art rested along the bar area against the windows. The biggest piece had to be placed on the floor for safety reasons.

Some of the items donated by Natura Photographica, a nature photographer based in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Her black and white railway photos were a big hit!

The jewelry set I made for the auction. The necklace and bracelet were made in the Steampunk/industrial style.