There are many types of art other than that on canvas or on stage, such as the art of laughter and the art of conversation.
All these different art forms as well as numerous other artistic creations will be in play as Circle for Children hosts ARTitude: Celebrating the Art of Giving Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Mason Fine Art, 415 Plasters Ave. in Buckhead. Circle for Children is an Atlanta-based nonprofit helping at-risk, abused, abandoned or neglected children 10 to 18.
Event chair Elaine LaMontagne said this marks the 90th anniversary for Circle for Children and, as such, she has chosen another art form to highlight the evening, the art of giving.
“There are a great variety of women involved in making sure this event is as successful as possible, from professional women to the stay-at-home, community-involved women, so we have a great cross section of ladies working to make this gala event our best,” she said.
The event is billed as a fun affair starting with a cocktail hour at 7:15 p.m. where those attending will be greeted by a mime and, in addition, there will be silent and live auctions and an open bar.
Being that the event is held at an art gallery, there will be artistic creations everywhere for the enjoyment of those attending as they sit down to dinner, which LaMontagne described as representing the “art of cooking.”
“We also have a fashion show planned to celebrate the art of fashion in which live models will be attired in high-end fashions and, in addition, we will celebrate the art of laughter as comedian Jerry Farber will be our emcee,” she said.
LaMontagne said any special fundraising galas put on by ARTitude usually raises from $50,000 to $100,000. With more than 220 people scheduled to attend this year, 60 more than were on the guest list last year, she expects this will be one of the organization’s most successful fundraisers.
Danielle Lan, the finance chairman for Circle of Children, expects this to be one of the best ARTitude events the nonprofit has held, and she is looking for it to be one of the most successful in terms of raising funds.
“From a participation standpoint, with all the activities planned throughout the evening, including the live and silent auctions and music and dancing, I expect this to be one of our most enjoyable gala events ever,” she said.
Among the auction items up for bid will be a package LaMontagne called “New York Memories,” which will include four tickets to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with the winner sitting in the VIP seats for the annual event as well as a $500 gift card to spend and tickets to some of New York’s best art museums.
“For me to have worked with all these wonderful people to make sure this is our best event ever has been an experience that I will always cherish,” LaMontagne said.
One of the most unique gifts that will be given to those in attendance is a book which contains numerous words of advice and encouragement for children, written by well-known people in metro Atlanta, such as Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and TV/radio personality Ryan Seacrest.