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After service station destroyed by fire, painting fundraiser planned for Bowser family

First nine donors of $500 will receive Ken Kirkby original painting

Renowned local artist Ken Kirkby is donating nine paintings to support the Flegel family, owners of Bowser Automotive, which burned down in December.

The first nine people to donate $500 in person to the Flegel Family trust at the Bowser First Credit Union between 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12 and Saturday Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. will be entered into the draw for one of Kirkby’s paintings, according to a news release.

On Jan. 21 at 3:30 p.m., the first nine donors will meet at the Cathouse Gallery (5320 Island Hwy W) in Qualicum Bay, where Kirkby will draw their names from a ceremonial spittoon, one by one. Donors will be able to choose a painting based on the order their name is drawn, according to the release.

READ MORE: Bowser family thankful for community support after fire destroys service station

“Don’t miss this rare opportunity to own a Kirkby painting for a fraction of its established value,” reads the release. “While knowing that your donation is going to help a community landmark rebuild.”

The paintings will be on display at the gallery from Jan. 10 to Jan. 21, according to the release. Call 250-937-9991 to confirm times.

Donors must be present at the draw or be represented by proxy.

The Flegel family can also be supported via a GoFundMe page and by e-transfer to ThomasRFlegel@gmail.com.

Three days after the fire, operating manager Thomas Flegel and fiancée Grace McMahon welcomed a baby girl, Poppy Jane Phoenix Flegel.

— NEWS Staff

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