Jessica Lewinski, community engagement and development manager for Cowichan Women Against Violence, makes one of the two winning prize draws in front of the fundraising display at Rainforest Arts. (Photo by Rainforest Arts)

Jessica Lewinski, community engagement and development manager for Cowichan Women Against Violence, makes one of the two winning prize draws in front of the fundraising display at Rainforest Arts. (Photo by Rainforest Arts)

Rainforest Arts fundraiser benefits Cowichan Women Against Violence

A total of $667 in cash donations, plus items, collected

Giving, the greatest gift of all, made Rainforest Arts’ fundraiser just before Christmas for Cowichan Women Against Violence extra special again.

The total of cash donations made at the gallery on Willow Street during the campaign was $667. A few specific items for the cause were also collected, including donations from Ms. Sandi’s kindergarten class.

“We are thrilled with the response, what a wonderful community we live in,” noted Stephanie Allesia, the Rainforest Arts gallery manager.

As a bonus, everyone who made a donation had a chance to win one of two art prizes. Jessica Lewinski, community engagement and development manager for CWAV, came to the gallery Monday, Dec. 20 to make one of the draws.

Patsy Ormond’s name was drawn by Lewinski for a pottery vase by Peggy Grigor of Pottery by Peggy and Diana Hardacker had her name drawn by Allesia for a framed print done by Diana Durrand.

The fundraiser was done for the first time last year when $500 in cash and six large boxes of items were donated.

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Rainforest Arts, located next to the Coastal Community Credit Union in downtown Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Rainforest Arts, located next to the Coastal Community Credit Union in downtown Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)