Published Feb 17th, 2012

By Omar Mouallem

Edmonton Opera's Valentine’s Gala

The Opera's biggest fundraiser of the year attracts over 800 guests, in tux and gown

Linda Ethell, Lt.-Gov. Governor Donald Ethell and Premier Alison Redford
Linda Ethell, Lt.-Gov. Governor Donald Ethell and Premier Alison Redford

 

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.

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