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Pictured at the Sept. 12 kickoff to the 2020 Big Ball at Hotel Arts are Big Ball founder Dr. Shelley Spaner and ATB Financial president and CEO Curtis Stange. The Big Ball, being held Jan. 31 at Hotel Arts, will raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Centre and the Women For Men’s Health initiative.


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It simply doesn’t get any better than sipping a cool one and nibbling hors d’oeuvre poolside at Hotel Arts. And when said ‘activities’ are philanthropically motivated, nirvana springs to mind. More than 100 guests gathered at Hotel Arts Sept. 12 on a glorious late summer afternoon to kick off the Big Ball 2020.

The Big Ball, brainchild of Mayfair Diagnostics partner and Prostate Cancer Centre (PCC) board member Dr. Shelley Spaner, has grown exponentially since inception in 2018. Funds raised over the years have been directed to the Prostate Cancer Centre and its Men’s Health Clinic. The clinic uses innovative approaches to help men receive the best care possible, and helps women advocate for top-notch care for the men in their lives.

Spaner spoke eloquently about the importance of the clinic with the emphasis being men’s mental health. Guest speaker ATB Financial president and CEO Curtis Stange echoed Spaner’s comments and shared how ATB is leading the charge in understanding and supporting mental health in the workplace.

Guests also had the opportunity to purchase tickets to the ball, taking place Jan. 31, 2020 at Hotel Arts. That Holt Renfrew provided gift bags for those who bought tickets ensured the ducats were snapped up quickly.

Guests at the pool party included: DLA Piper’s Heather Treacy and Adrienne Wong; philanthropist and community leader Ann McCaig; Brooks and Dodd Consulting’s Tom Dodd; Hotel Arts’ Mark Wilson and his wife Kerry; PCC board chair, Bennett Jones’ Jon Truswell; PCC executive director Pam Heard with colleagues Eva Moreau and Shannon de Vall; Hotel Arts’ Fraser Abbott, Brian Brownlee and Caroline Seymour; Dr. Summit Sawhney; Dr. Jay Lee with Boeing’s Robert Hartley; Dr. Jun Kawakami; Dr. Eric Hyndman; Shell’s David Hatch; CP’s Rory Thompson; Brandsmith’s Shea Kerwood, Melanie Morais and Jade Wong; PR wizard Lana Rogers; community leader Larry Clausen; Kit Poole and her sister Loren Snyder; Cynthia Moore; Bill and Franca DeJong; TD Bank’s Kari Scarlett; Ike Kolias; and others pictured.

Tickets to the Big Ball are available through www.thebigball.ca


Pictured at the kickoff to the 2020 Big Ball are Hotel Arts’ Mark Wilson and TD’s Kari Scarlett.

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Pictured, from left, are Prostate Cancer Centre’s Pam Heard, Eva Moreau and Shannon de Vall with Hotel Arts’ Brian Brownlee. More than 100 guests gathered poolside at Hotel Arts to hear about the 3rd annual Big Ball and to purchase tickets early for the must-attend event.

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Tom Dodd and philanthropist and community leader Ann McCaig.

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Dr. Summit Sawhney, Pam Heard and Dr. Eric Hyndman

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Philanthropist and community leader Larry Clausen, DLA Piper’s Heather Treacy and Adrienne Wong and Dentons’ Bill DeJong

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Ball founder and chair Dr. Shelley Spaner with ball committee members Brandsmith’s Shea Kerwood and PR wizard Lana Rogers

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Shell’s David Hatch, Brandsmith’s Melanie Morais and Jade Wong with CP’s Rory Thompson

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Dr. Jay Lee, Boeing’s Robert Hartley and Dr. Jun Kawakami

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Social scribe Bill Brooks flanked by philanthropist and community leader Ann McCaig (left) and Dr. Shelley Spaner

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ATB Financial president and CEO Curtis Stange with his wife Shannon Stange (right) and Kerilee Snatenchuk, director, People and Culture, ATB Financial

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White House to honour Jon Voight, Alison Krauss with National Medal of Arts – CBC.ca

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Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight, singer and musician Alison Krauss and mystery writer James Patterson are among the artists and philanthropists being honoured by President Donald Trump for their contributions to the arts or the humanities, the first recipients of prestigious national medals since Trump took office.

The White House announced four recipients of the National Medal of Arts and four of the National Humanities Medal in a statement Sunday night. Voight is one of Trump’s few vocal Hollywood backers, and has hailed him as “the greatest president of this century.”

Trump is also honouring the musicians of the U.S. military, who frequently entertain at White House events.

Trump will award the medals during a ceremony at the White House on Thursday.

While the honours had been an annual affair during past administrations, they have not been awarded since Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. The most recent arts or humanities medals were bestowed by President Barack Obama in September 2016.

U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to singer Diana Ross during a ceremony in the White House East Room in Washington, U.S., Nov. 22, 2016. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

The recipients of the National Medal of Arts are:

  • Alison Krauss, the bluegrass-country singer and musician, “for making extraordinary contributions to American music.” The White House misspelled her name in its release.
  • Sharon Percy Rockefeller “for being a renowned champion of the arts, generous supporter of charity, and a pioneer of new ideas and approaches in the field of public policy.”
  • The Musicians of the United States Military “for personifying excellence in music and service to country.”
  • Jon Voight “for his exceptional capacity as an actor to portray deeply complex characters.” Voight starred in Midnight Cowboy, the 1969 film that won an Academy Award for best picture, and he won the best actor Oscar for 1978’s Coming Home. He appears in the Showtime series Ray Donovan.

The recipients of the National Humanities Medal are:

  • The Claremont Institute “for championing the Nation’s founding principles and enriching American minds.”
  • Teresa Lozano Long “for supporting the arts and improving educational opportunities” through scholarships and philanthropy.
  • Patrick O’Connell, the chef at The Inn at Little Washington, “for being one of the greatest chefs of our time.”
  • James Patterson “for being one of the most successful American authors of our time.” Patterson wrote a book about Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier who killed himself while awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls. The book includes several references to Trump, including an account of the men’s falling out.

The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities solicit candidates for the medals and compile proposed winners. The White House, which sometimes adds its own nominees, traditionally approves and announces them ahead of a presidential ceremony.

Trump has had an uneasy if not hostile relationship with many in the arts and the humanities who oppose his policies and have denounced his presidency. He has been largely shunned by Hollywood and has skipped events like the annual Kennedy Centre gala that is one of Washington’s premier social gatherings after some honorees said they would not attend if Trump was part of the ceremony.

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Alison Krauss to Be Awarded National Medal of Arts – Rolling Stone

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Alison Krauss is among those chosen to receive the National Medal of Arts from President Trump. The honorees, including the country-bluegrass musician, actor Jon Voight, and the bands of the United States military, mark the first recipients of arts and humanities medals of Trump’s presidency.

Trump is set to present the medals at the White House during a Thursday ceremony. It’s unknown if Krauss will attend. A rep for the Grammy-winning vocalist did not return a request for comment.

The White House announced the honorees in a release on Sunday night that extolled Krauss’s “extraordinary contributions to American music” and noted how she has “entertained and enriched the souls of millions.” It also initially misspelled her name as “Allison.”

Known for her exemplary fiddle playing and angelic voice, Krauss has released music as a solo artist and with the group Union Station, featuring Dan Tyminski and Jerry Douglas. In 2007 she joined Robert Plant to release the Grammy-winning album Raising Sand. Overall, Krauss has received 27 Grammy awards.

Last week, she was announced as one of the headliners of the 2020 MerleFest, the annual string-music festival in North Carolina.

Recipients of the Medal of Humanities — the counterpart honor to the Medal of Arts — include chef Patrick J. O’Connell and mystery novelist James Patterson.

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Kamloops arts centre vote will be held on April 4 – Kamloops This Week

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A referendum requesting voter approval to borrow funds for a performing-arts centre will be held on Saturday, April 4.

Kamloops council on Tuesday chose that date after looking at recommendtions from staff based on legislative timelines, staff resources and how the time of year might affect voter turnout.

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The yes-no question will be: “Are you in favour of the City of Kamloops borrowing up to $45 million to construct a Kamloops Centre for the Arts?”

Now that the referendum date has been set, next steps include appointing a chief election officer and deputy chief election officer, likely in early December, and notifying the province.

The Kamloops Centre for the Arts is proposed to rise at the former Kamloops Daily News location downtown at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Seymour Street. The proposal is being organized by the Kamloops Centre for the Arts Society, with a land donation and financial backing from local philanthropists and businesspeople Ron and Rae Fawcett.

The $70-million centre would include a main theatre (1,200 seats), a small theatre (450 seats), a black box theatre (75 seats), along with space for rehearsal, production and meetings for various groups.

The society hopes to secure between $25 million and $40 million in fundraising and grant funding, leaving the city on the hook for between $30 million and $45 million in capital costs.

The city said it would not need to increase taxes as a result of the Tournament Capital Centre being nearly paid off by the time it borrows money for the arts centre.

The city would, however, be on the hook for operating costs, similar to other facilities like the Westsyde Pool, Sandman Centre or Tournament Capital Centre, and $3 million in site servicing for underground utility work.

A previous proposal to borrow up to $49 million for a $91-million performing-arts centre failed in 2015 by referendum, 54 per cent to 46 per cent. If next spring’s referendum question gets the nod from voters next spring, construction could begin in the summer of 2021, with the arts centre completed by the spring of 2023 for a fall 2023 opening.

 

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