The Opera's biggest fundraiser of the year attracts over 800 guests, in tux and gown.
By Omar Mouallem | February 11, 2010
It’s a sweetheart of a non-profit partnership. For the second year in a row, the Edmonton Opera and CapitalCare co-hosted a Valentine’s Day fundraiser at the Shaw Conference centre in celeb-ration of art, compassion and love. The 865 guests helped raise approximately $300,000 for the organizations to share, nearly $100,000 more than last year. Individual donations amounted to $56,000, while Irv and Dianne Kipnes, the organizations’ matchmakers, met that generosity dollar for dollar.
Kindness was also apparent by the Canadian Forces members and their partners who were invited by event sponsors. “It’s a nice thing to do,” said Jelena Bojic, the opera’s director of marketing. “They don’t get to spend a lot of time with their spouses, so this is definitely a nice treat for them.”
Elizabeth Lang and Fred Pheasey
Noah Jones and Miranda Jones
Penny Omell and Dianne Storey
Dean Burgher and Karan Burgher
Ronald Odynski, Lynn Odynski, Brian Hughes and Nadine Zmurchok
Sharlene Rutherford, Lynn Mandel and Doug Rutherford
Dan Covelli and Blair Covelli
Thomas Lukaszuk and Stacey Brotzel
Sandra Gajic and Heather Klimchuk
Dinner is served under branches full of cherry blossoms.