Aberdeen based wealth management consultants, Gary Walker and Co, along with five other businessmen presented a cheque for £55k in aid of two children’s charities, the ARCHIE Foundation and Dreams Come True, at a private art exhibition held in association with renowned Scottish artist, Jack Vettriano, on Thursday, 26 November.
Operating under the umbrella of St. James’ Place Wealth Management, Gary Walker and Co. hosted 60 invited guests at its premises on Queen’s Gate for an exclusive exhibition featuring Jack Vettriano’s limited edition art prints. Guests were treated to a champagne reception and a private meet, greet and book signing session with the artist himself, before being escorted to the Music Hall to hear more about his life and work.
“We feel privileged to have had the opportunity to host such a distinctive networking evening with Jack Vettriano. It was a perfect opportunity to show our support and commitment to key and potential clients, as well as offer them a once in a lifetime experience”, said Gary Walker, Director of Gary Walker and Co.
“As well as raising £1000 today, funds were also collected at a charity ball in October, which was organised in association with five other businessmen in Aberdeen – finance advisor Harry Bowman, David Lawrie of Amerada Hess, David Gray of Lloyds TSB, estate agent Charlie Bain and Director of JKM, Jim Mitchell. At the ball, we raised £55k in total and one of Jack Vettriano’s art prints, Dancer in Emerald, was sold at auction for £10k.
“I’d like to thank each one of our guests for making this worthy effort and contributing ever so generously to give back something to the community,” said Gary.
In the company of Jack Vettriano and all invited guests, Gary Walker presented David Cunningham, Director of Fundraising for the ARCHIE Foundation, a cheque for £55k, which will be split between the ARCHIE Foundation and Dreams Come True.
David said, “This is an incredible gift and I’d like to thank everybody who has contributed to this fantastic donation. Without support such as this, we wouldn’t be able to provide ongoing help to children throughout Grampian, Orkney and Shetland in their hour of need. These funds help to pay for everything from large scale projects to children’s everyday needs like books and toys – every donation makes a difference for local children when they are sick. We are extremely grateful.”
Throughout the event, Jack Vettriano was kept busy by a steady stream of fans. He signed books and was engaged in friendly conversation with the guests. Some lucky few even had the opportunity to take pictures with him.
Ending the evening on a delightful note, all invited guests were given goody bags from Jack Vettriano, replete with an autographed art print and keepsakes like greeting cards, calendar and a book featuring the artists’ works.