Among the artifacts at The Reach Gallery Museum are these circus cut-outs used by Flossie Bergman at Abbotsford’s first kindergarten. (Photo by Gwen Topacio)

Among the artifacts at The Reach Gallery Museum are these circus cut-outs used by Flossie Bergman at Abbotsford’s first kindergarten. (Photo by Gwen Topacio)

Sponsor an artifact and raise money for The Reach

Abbotsford gallery holds campaign in celebration of 10th anniversary

As part of its ongoing 10th anniversary celebrations, The Reach Gallery Museum has launched a fundraising campaign that highlights the museum’s collections and gets donors involved in preserving artifacts for future generations.

The campaign is called 100 Days of The Reach.

Kris Foulds, curator of historical collections, said The Reach cares for more than 4,700 artifacts, and the campaign gives people the opportunity to select and sponsor one of these treasures.

The campaign launch was announced at Bacchanal, a fundraiser at The Reach on Sept. 15. Dozens of local history enthusiasts immediately stepped up to the plate, selecting and sponsoring their favourite artifact for $100 each.

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To sweeten the deal, Marg and Roy Warkentin – long-time neighbours of The Reach and former owners of the Fraserway Esso – promised to match every dollar donated to the campaign, up to $5,000.

The artifacts available for sponsorship can be viewed in person at The Reach (32388 Veterans Way) or online at thereach.ca.

Donors will also be recognized on The Reach’s website and through social media throughout 2019, and all donors will receive a tax receipt.

For each artifact sponsored, donors will be entered into a draw to win one of three prizes: A $750 voucher from Via Rail Canada, a one-night getaway at Rowena’s Inn on the River, and one of three framed heritage prints from The Reach’s photo archives.