Saturday, July 5, 2014


Call for Raffle Items for the 

"6th Annual Afternoon Gala and Art Auction"
Sunday Sept. 14th 2-6 pm 

Dear Members,

We are gathering raffle/auction items for our yearly Gala event, September 14th. EAI relies heavily on this one event for funds to make all aspects of the Institute grow and function.  The raffle items cost $5 a ticket.  In addition, to the raffle, a Call for Art will soon follow for the auction segment - which will be part silent and live for paintings, as well as bigger ticket items that are being donated.  The beauty of participating is you need not be present to win.  Some of these items are localized and it would mean a visit for you to NM....but some are items that can be shipped to you, or a service you can take advantage of anywhere.

A few samples of what we have so far for raffle items are: gift certificates for encaustic materials, one-year  EAI membership, jewelry, encaustic books, one-day workshops with local members.  The other items we have are gift certificates for NM local things such as dining, spa certificate, B & B weekend in Taos, etc.

In years past we have had members donate items such as a hand-inlaid knife, a week's stay in Mexico at a time-share,  restaurant certificates, un-used coffee maker, un-used dart board and darts, etc.  Use your imagination - you can donate your services, or something of value that you think would be interesting to EAI members and their friends and families.  If you have a certificate laying around you won't be using or a gift you have never used and don't know what to do with - consider it!  Maybe you have a time-share that you can't get to this year, and would like a tax write-off for it!!   We would like to collect all raffle items by August 1st, in order to promote the Gala.

I appreciate you considering anything you might want to donate.  All donations are tax deductible. Any questions or donation ideas, please contact me at:

Please let us know soon.

Douglas Mehrens  
Founder/CEO - Encaustic Art Institute

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