Guests were quick to fill the Living Sky Casino for the 17th rendition of 'Through Our Eyes'.

The Maverick School fundraiser managed to sell out in this new venue in only four days. The eager community supporting them was out in force for the school's largest fundraiser of the year. 

Normally, Maverick School receives between $22,000 and $24,000 from the art and music showcase. The work the students put into filling the silent and live auction is rewarded by generous patrons and sponsors continuing to back the arts, music, and outdoor programs. 

For Maverick School Principal, Jayne Nicholson, this year was especially good to see the continued support, as the event had to move from the usual Lyric Theatre to the Living Sky Casino Events Centre due to the Lyrics' enduring issues. 

"Throughout the years it has grown to the point where now we rent out this beautiful big facility," said Nicholson. "We have 45 sponsors and it's a fantastic event with the silent auction, the live auction and wonderful performers like Alex Westbury."

The Living Sky Casino was supportive enough of this endeavour that it donated the Event Centre for the evening. 

Silent auction items varied from assembly pieces, paintings, to other forms or artistic expression. Silent auction items varied from assembly pieces, paintings, to other forms or artistic expression. 

Westbury is a student at Maverick. He and his band, The Sun Walkers, performed at "Through Ours Eyes" to the pleasure of the onlookers. 

For him, the school has helped to foster his love of music through its music program, to the point where he is now able to proudly perform in front of his peers and others. 

"I've always kind of been into the piano and stuff, but I've always been too shy and nervous to do it," said Westbury. "Through the school, I've actually gotten so much more open and I enjoy it so much more now. I've made a lot of great memories through Maverick."

Anyone who missed the fundraiser is welcome to visit Maverick School for a tour to see just what they have that works for these students. Whether it be the arts, the musical, or the open approach to learning, there is an avenue to success for many students that they would not have elsewhere. 

"They could just pop on down to the school anytime," said Nicholson. "We also might be interested in a donation of some instruments, providing if there's something we need. We're just always open to people helping us out and supporting us. We are so grateful for all the support we get."