Get your towels and swimsuits ready for the Beverly Arts Center‘s first ever sunglasses–optional fundraiser, the Virtual Beach Ball online auction. June 17 through 27, you can support the BAC by bidding on items that include vacation packages to tropical lands, prestigious sports memorabilia and one-of-a-kind Chicago experiences. The fundraiser will culminate in a live, online arts demonstration on June 27.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the BAC to close and cancel events, including the annual gala. The Virtual Beach Ball is a chance for the organization to raise funds to bring programming to the community and support the arts while maintaining social distance.
“With everyone being at home during the shelter in place, we’re noticing just how important the arts are,” said BAC Marketing Manager Andrew Sutherland. “Whether its listening to our favorite songs, streaming a new show or movie, or getting relief from painting, the arts have kept many of us sane during a stressful time.”
During the pandemic, the BAC has been offering social media entertainment and online classes. “Our goal is to keep providing inspiration to our community. The proceeds from the Virtual Beach Ball will go a long way in keeping the arts alive during this difficult time,” Sutherland said.
The Virtual Beach Ball auction will offer items from The Shedd Aquarium, Koval Distillery, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, Elite Island Resorts and more.
The Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., has been an integral parts of local arts and entertainment since it was founded in 1968, providing a wide variety of arts education for all ages, gallery exhibits, concerts and plays.
For more information on the Virtual Beach Ball auction and to view items, visit www.beverlyartcenter.org.