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GO ART! hosts 10th annual community arts awards Oct. 2

By Billie Owens

Go Art! presents “A Prelude to a Winter Solstice” at its 10th annual Community Arts Awards Gala Dinner & Auction at 6 p.m on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Batavia Party House, 5762 E. Main Road (Route 5), Stafford.
Each year, GO ART! recognizes the extraordinary contributions in art and culture made by individuals and organizations in the Genesee-Orleans region at this unique event. This year’s honorees are:

  • James Catino ~ receiving a Community Arts Award as a lifelong musician and songwriter who has provided entertainment and musical instruction in the community for more than 50 years.
  • Cobblestone Society Museum ~ receiving a Community Arts Award for the organization’s preservation and promotion of Orleans County’s heritage and its restoration and care of eight historic cobblestone buildings on Routes 104 & 98 in Childs. The organization is also celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.
  • Genesee County Master Gardeners ~ receiving a Board of Directors Award recognizing the group’s contributions to the historically appropriate gardens on the grounds of Seymour Place and the “Paul’s Field” container garden.
  • Rosalind “Roz” Hayes, posthumously ~ receiving a Community Arts Award as a talented local artist whose “passion for painting came from her passion for life.”  She participated in many local arts organizations, was a prolific creator of her unique and popular paintings, and also wrote two children’s books.
  • Brad London ~ receiving a Community Arts Award for his promotion of music and local musical talent in Orleans County through his now-closed business Wiggly & Jiggly’s and his successful efforts at the Orleans County 4-H Fair.
  • Evelyn Lyman ~ receiving a Community Arts Award for her passionate contributions to the cultural life in the community and for her preservation efforts at the Swan Library.
  • Bob Terry ~ receiving a Board of Directors Award recognizing his volunteerism for GO ART!, specifically acknowledging his expertise and labor in assisting with historic preservation efforts at Seymour Place.

Tickets are $25/person, and advance reservations are required. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a fabulous buffet while local band Buffalo Road Show with Bill McDonald provides musical entertainment. A Silent Auction and other drawings will be held all evening. Dress is Business Casual.
This year’s Gala Raffle features three Grand Prizes:

  • 18K Diamond & Sapphire Ring (TW: 1 CT Sapphire, 1 CT Diamonds), compliments of Lambert’s Design Jewelers; Value $5,000.
  • One-Year Full Gym membership to Next Level Fitness, compliments of Ken & Andrea Mistler; Value $265
  • $250 Gift Certificate from Roxy’s Music Store

Plus, your raffle ticket enters you in drawings held throughout the evening for a variety of valuable prizes from area businesses such as Pudgie’s Lawn & Garden Center, Shirt Factory Café, Pauly’s Pizza and more.

Raffle Tickets are $5 each or five for $20, and are available at GO ART! and various other locations in Genesee and Orleans counties; call GO ART! for a list at (585) 343-9313 or check online at Raffle tickets will also be available at the event. For more information, call (585) 343-9313 or email

The Community Arts Gala is generously sponsored to date by: National Grid; CY Farms/Batavia Turf; O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative; Tops Friendly Markets; The Batavian; Dick Seymour; ESL Federal Credit Union; Lawley-Genesee; Max and Jane Mason; GCASA; Janice Cummings and Delores Johnson.

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