Fundraiser for St. Mary’s Art & Retreat Center set |

Fundraiser for St. Mary’s Art & Retreat Center set

Nevada Appeal Staff Report

Virginia City’s St. Mary’s Art and Retreat Center, the Gold Hill Hotel and the Comstock Foundation for History and Culture will co-host “Turn Up the Heat – Saving the Boiler at the Arts Center” on Oct. 6.

The event, held at the Gold Hill Hotel, will include a wine tasting and an art auction. Auction proceeds will assist with the restoration of the 1875 historic building that houses the center.

The ticket price for the event, which will be from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., will be a $35 donation to the Arts Center. Early reservations are $30.

Ticket proceeds will be used to repair a failing heating system.

“The boiler for our historic building is at the point of total failure, and if we can’t raise $36,000 to address this crisis, our facility may need to close,” said Rita Wheeler, executive director of the arts center.

The Comstock foundation seeks additional donations for the center by offering a challenge grant of $5,000, while asking for a match from residents.

For tickets and reservations, call the Gold Hill Hotel at 775-847-0111. For more information, contact Wheeler at 775-847-7774 or Ron James at 775-443-7803.