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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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