Coming together to help local author

Writers, aritists, performers ban together to support author and editor Dona Sturmanis and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna will be transformed into a daylong festival of the arts on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Banning together to support local author and editor Dona Sturmanis and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation will be a revolving door of artists, musicians, writers, sculptors and dancers performing live on three stages in the inaugural Bella Dona Fundraiser.

A mystery auction featuring original works by prominent artists Cherie Hanson, Rosemary and George Greedy, and Dona May Lee will be up for bid.

Musicians Gordon James and Anna Jacyszyn will perform live and unplugged, while poetry readings and local authors recite excerpts from their works.

A gourmet barbecue meal prepared by chef Jesse Croy, with  Summerhill Pyramid Winery, rounds out this fundraising event.

Sturmanis is a well-known journalist, poet, magazine and book editor and instructor at Okanagan College.

She has mentored and inspired hundreds of writers who have gone on to become successfully published and even start literary careers of their own.

Sturmanis was diagnosed with breast cancer in late June, has since undergone surgery and will soon start a series of treatments over the next several months.

As a freelance writer and editor, without partner or family, her ability to earn income during this time is limited. Tickets to the event are $25 and available at www.okanaganinstitute.com/belladona.php or at the door the day of the event. To participate as an artist or volunteer, contact Rand Zacharias at zarcharias.rand@gmail.com or call 250-212-0062.