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Mayor’s Black and White Ball for the Arts returns May 9

Canadian Tire owner Selen Alpay (left), Linda Rempel president of the Community Arts Council, Kim Royle Teresa Saunders of the PGSO, Marnie Hamagami of Theatre Northwest, Mayor Lyn Hall, arts council CEO Sean Farrell announce the second annual Mayor's Black & White Ball slated for May 4 at the Civic Centre. Bill Phillips photo

The Community Arts Council of Prince George & District, the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and Theatre NorthWest have announced plans for the third annual Mayor’s Black & White Ball for the Arts.

The Mayor’s Black & White Ball for the Arts is an event designed to support local arts organizations through direct fundraising and the establishment of a new community arts grant.

This unique event will be held on May 9 at The Prince George Civic Centre and is a great opportunity for the community to don their finest attire and come out to an extravaganza event to raise funds for the three arts organizations. The Black & White Ball is hosted by Mayor Lyn Hall and will feature an exclusive culinary feast, live music, dancing, auctions and other entertainment, provided by some of the city’s top performing artists and arts groups.

Not only will the funds raised aid the mandates of the three partner organizations, but additional funds will be raised for the Prince George Arts Micro-Grant program which supports local emerging artists by providing funding for short-term arts projects.

“The availability and accessibility of arts and cultural activities is an important contributor to the quality of life and social development of our community,” said Hall, in a news release. “I am proud to host the annual Black & White Ball in support of local arts organizations and the work that they do in our community. Highlighting and recognizing these events ultimately increases the opportunities for everyone to engage and enhances the livability of our city.”

For the third year in a row, Canadian Tire has stepped forward as the title sponsor of the event with a financial contribution of $10,000.

“We are thrilled to once again be a proud supporter of this event which is a core component of the various arts groups and performances that we support here in Prince George,” said Selen Alpay, Canadian Tire store owner. “Canadian Tire believes that the arts have the power to unite communities and families and we are proud of the work we do to help Prince George thrive.”

Tickets for the third annual Mayor’s Black & White Ball for the Arts are now on sale and are available to purchase at or by calling 250-649-6477.

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