Findlay Cadillac supports City Lights Art Gallery

April 8th, 2019 by

From left, Findlay marketing/sales executive L.J. Harness, dealership general manager John Saksa, City Lights Art Gallery Scholarship fund chairman Susan LaBuda and gallery president Eric Courtney are shown at Findlay Cadillac in the Valley Automall. The dealership presented a check for $5,000 to support the gallery.

The City Lights Art Gallery, a non-profit co-op situated in downtown Henderson, received a giant boost recently when the organization was presented with a $5,000 donation from Findlay Cadillac.

The gallery has been in existence since October 2003.  It gives scholarships to senior high school students that plan to attend a college with a major in an arts field.

The donation was the second time that Findlay Cadillac had donated funds to the gallery.

Eric Courtney is the gallery’s president for 2019.

“The students who are awarded the scholarship are high school seniors in Southern Nevada,” explained Courtney, a native of Chicago who is a professional photographer.

“There were five winning students last year,” explained Courtney,

“The winning students went on to attend colleges from all over the nation.”

Courtney said the winning applicants are selected each year.

“On behalf of the entire staff at City Lights Gallery, we’d like to thank Findlay Cadillac,” Courtney said. “We greatly appreciate the more than generous donation from general manager John Saksa and his employees for supporting our cause so that we can continue our mission.”

Saksa praised the gallery adding “This is a heartfelt charity that helps young people live their dreams and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

Courtney said the City Lights Art Gallery accepts tax-deductible donations throughout the year.

“We also conduct classes,” Courtney explained. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students who want to further their studies in the arts.”

Tracie Virgen is among the students who have been awarded a scholarship from the City Lights Art Gallery.

“I discovered City Lights through the Public Education Foundation (, she explained. “I live in the Centennial Hills area, so it was great to connect with a gallery over in Henderson and discover the artists in that area. I am also a first-generation college student so the donation of City Lights towards my tuition meant a great deal to my family and I.”

Tracie now attends school at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

“It’s a small liberal arts campus just a couple miles away from Art Center,” Tracie explained. “I am excited to take classes at both institutions in order to develop my major in Art and Art History with an emphasis in Studio Art. I am also a student-worker for Oxy Arts, so I have been able to work at art events on campus, work as a gallery attendant, etc.”

Situated at 993 Auto Show Dr. in the Valley Automall, Findlay Cadillac is part of Findlay Automotive Group founded more than 50 years ago by the late Pete Findlay. The umbrella now includes 33 dealerships in Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Arizona, Utah and California.

Further information regarding the gallery can be found by calling 702-260-0300; by visiting; or by visiting the gallery at 3 E. Army St. just off Water Street in downtown Henderson.

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