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‘Transformed Treasures’ – fundraising art auction for The Salvation Army on May 6 at Dena’ina Center


This Saturday, May 6, Over 100 local artists will unveil what they each created this winter using only their creativity and second-hand merchandise found in The Salvation Army’s Family Stores in Anchorage.


All of the art pieces will be auctioned off this Saturday, May 6, at The Salvation Army’s Transformed Treasures luncheon, hosted by all-star auctioneers Maria Downey and MJ Thim, of KTUU Channel 2, and retired anchor Sheila Balistreri.


This is the tenth year of the Transformed Treasures event, which challenges area artists to transform used items into art, to raise awareness and funds for The Salvation Army. After artists select their items from The Salvation Army Family Stores, they take “before" pictures, then work through the winter to transform them into completed works of art worthy of auction.


“Each piece is unique.  These are truly one of a kind works of art.” Said Salvation Army Advisory Board Member Lainie Dreas, “The artists use all of their creativity and spend anywhere from a dozen to fifty hours on each piece.”


This year’s artists have transformed items such as silk neckties, dishes/glassware, sweaters, jewelry, old furs, furniture, and other thrift store donations into gift-worthy, one-of-a-kind treasures for many ages, including:


A set of ornate high heel shoes

A beautiful wooden bassinet

Handmade jewelry

Garden art and glass art

Hand-sewn teddy bear

Table and chair sets


Some also tackled this year’s special challenge items, working to transform mirrors or metal items into something unique and beautiful.


Transformed Treasures began ten years ago to help increase sales at Anchorage-area Salvation Army Family Stores. “This event is a reminder of the transformations enabled by The Salvation Army’s ministry of service.” Said Divisional Commander Major Mike Dickinson, “Transformed Treasures is analogous to what we do every day in The Salvation Army.  These wonderful artists transform regular objects, maybe not so pretty, into beautiful works of art. Through our programs and services, Salvation Army officers and staff transform people.” 


This year’s May 6 luncheon will highlight one such human transformation. There will be the premiere showing of a new video, produced by event sponsor Northwest Strategies especially for this event.  Showing the life cycle of an item donated to a Salvation Army Family Store, the video demonstrates how Transformed Treasures brings new hope to those in need. 


“The artists have such excitement in giving to The Salvation Army.”  Said Dreas, “Knowing that all of their hard work will go to such a good cause.”


“Every month, over 7,800 people come to The Salvation Army for assistance.”  Said Major Dickinson, “The funds raised at Transformed Treasures helps make that possible.”


Corporate support for the event comes from: BP, Northwest Strategies, Color Art Printing, as well as Alaska Waste, Superior Mechanical Services, Art Services North, Superman Moving and Delivery Service, Woods Plumbing and Heating, ReThink Home, IBEW Local 1547.

Event Information & ticket sales ($40 each) are available at: http://alaska.salvationarmy.org/alaska_division/transformed-treasures-1

Facebook: See our events page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1720542121594019/.

Sponsorship Opportunities - To learn how you can support The Salvation Army Alaska's Transformed Treasures Luncheon by sponsorship or by purchasing a table, please contact Mariana Braniste, Annual Giving Manager, The Salvation Army Alaska, at (907) 339-3426, or email AK.Development@usw.salvationarmy.org.

Transformed Treasures Luncheon: Saturday, May 6, 2017 (doors open 11 a.m.; luncheon 11:30 a.m.)
Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center - 600 W. Seventh Avenue, Anchorage

About The Salvation Army Alaska
In Alaska since 1898, The Salvation Army is one of the largest and oldest social service providers in the state, offering spiritual encouragement and basic services to meet the needs of Alaskans in 18 communities statewide: Anchorage, Angoon, Bethel, Cordova, Fairbanks, Haines, Homer, Hoonah, Juneau, Kake, the Kenai Peninsula, Ketchikan, Klawock, Kodiak, the Mat Su Valley, Petersburg, Sitka, and Wrangell. In addition to these corps community centers, The Salvation Army also serves Alaskans through the following programs: Adult Rehabilitation Center, Clitheroe Center, Emergency Disaster Services, King’s Lake Camp, Serendipity Adult Day Services, McKinnell House & Family Emergency Services, the Older Alaskans Program, and 17 Family Stores. For more information, please visit: http://alaska.salvationarmy.org/.


About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Out of every dollar donated, 82 cents is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.  For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.


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