Working with Ryan Lester, Chows fundraising coordinator who revised and approved our poster, I began to realize the rules of politics and how to support someone running for mayor without disqualifying them from running. It was against the rules to call it a fundraiser or collect money from people to later donate as one lump sum. All donations must be made by individuals which complicated our ticket sales.
We originally printed off tickets and were selling them at Rotate This on College Street. We had to pull the tickets and tell people to donate online and bring their proof of payment to get into our show for free. Revisions to our poster had to be made so it did not have the word fundraiser on it. Lester set us up online and we brought a computer to the show for people attending to donate as they walked in the door.
The night was a success and Olivia appreciated our support and sent us a thank you. Aside from her impressive background in the political arena, Olivia is an accomplished sculpture and painter. Through both these experiences, Olivia understands that artists and arts organizations help revitalize communities through their work and can transform Toronto one block at a time. She expressed that it is time for a change and time to build a better city. Together. Artists for a Better City is part of this crucial effort.