It's a been a festive couple weeks here, with the beginning of the Yi Peng lantern festival and Halloween parties to attend. But before this busy weekend, A.R.I. and Cultural Canvas Thailand volunteers got ourselves in the party spirit by throwing our own fundraiser bash!
It was a night to have fun while supporting the arts and to celebrate Wad stepping up as our new General Director. The festivities were held at Zoe in Yellow Bar, and by the end of the night (well, the wee hours of the morning), the whole place was really packed!
Lowell, Wad, and Poni
In the Garden at Zoe in Yellow Bar
To raise funds for ARI, our crew of volunteers sold prints and cards of some student artwork, collected donations, and sold shots that were generously donated to us by Warm Up Cafe. Zoe in Yellow Bar also gave a portion of the bar sales from the night to help our cause.
Laurene and Dan spread info and sell artwork Lowell sells shots with a smile
And to top it all off, we had some celebrity bartenders helping sell our tasty shots! Joni Anwar and Louis Scott from the 1990s boy-band rap group Raptor came out to lend a hand and have some fun with us! And they attracted some fans to join in our festivities, too!
|Sara with Joni (left) and Louis!|
We all had a blast!
Pbut, former ARI Project Coordinator Laurene, Cee, Dan, and Pbut get down behind the donation table
And some of us were pretty pooped by the end of the night!
All in all, we raised around 26,000 baht (that's just under $900 US dollars)! This money will help us continue to give some special people in Chiang Mai the opportunity for creative expression, learning, growing, and healing through art.
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