The winner of the raffle for a $7,500 painting, donated by Galerie Q in Cavan to support the new Brock Mission, is paying it forward.
Peterborough’s Meg Seabrook will be donating her prize to hang in the new Brock Mission once the new facility is completed in 2019.
Fundraising is currently underway for the Brock Mission Rebuild Project. The original Brock Mission building, at 217 Murray Street in Peterborough, was deemed unsafe last year and has been demolished.
Construction of a new $8-million facility will begin the summer, with occupancy in summer 2019. While the new facility is being built, Brock Mission continues to operate is programming in a temporary location at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church at 120 Murray Street.
The new facility, to be managed by the Peterborough Housing Corporation, will host 30 emergency shelter beds, 15 single resident occupancy apartments, a commercial kitchen, storage, consulting spaces, and the Forecast Addiction Services program. During the rebuild project.
Galerie Q wanted to help raise awareness of the rebuild project and, along with donating several billboards in the Kawarthas, donated a 40″x48″ acrylic painting by Quebec artist Yvon Lemieux (who the gallery represents outside of Quebec) entitled “La partie de cartes” (“Card Game”), valued at $7,500.
Lemieux drew the winner of the painting on Saturday (May 12) at the Peterborough Farmers’ Market. Seabrook, who purchased her winning ticket at the reception desk at Peterborough’s City Hall, had intended to make a donation to Brock Mission. After a surprise visit was made to her home to deliver the painting, Seabrook decided to donate the painting to hang in the new facility once it is completed.
Sales of raffle tickets for the painting raised more than $15,000. In addition, more than $30,000 has been raised through the in-kind donations of goods, services. and gift cards, including from donations coming directly through Brock Mission as well as donations from the recent reopening of Milltown Mini Golf and the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Hampton Inn Suites by Hilton Hotel to be built by Roshan.
Galerie Q is a premier sponsor of Brock Mission. As well as donating billboard advertising and Lemieux’s painting, the gallery brought Lemieux and his wife to Peterborough for the draw and pledged an additional $2,500 for Brock Mission on the draw date.
A solo exhibition of Lemieux’s work called “Souvenirs de jeunesse” (“Memories of youth”) is currently on display at Galerie Q (1521 County Road 10, Cavan) until Thursday, May 31st.