Artworks by Steve Driscoll, Wanda Koop, and Charles Pachter were highlights in the live auction
April 27, 2016 — Toronto, Ontario — Waterkeeper
Four hundred influential artists, philanthropists, athletes, and business leaders set a new fundraising record at the 5th Annual Waterkeeper Gala in Toronto last Thursday, April 21. More than $550,000 was raised at the event, bringing the gala’s fundraising tally to $2.4-million over the last five years.
Highlights from the gala included:
The 8-piece live art auction with Canada’s foremost fine art auctioneer, Stephen Ranger of Waddington’s.
Powerful musical performances by Harrow Fair, Oh Susanna, and a 160-person tribute to Prince by Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman with Choir!Choir!Choir!.
A beautiful welcome to the Great Lakes region from the Honorable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
The Honorable Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, toasting the first group of Swim Drink Fish Ambassadors.
Stirring speeches about the need for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water by Waterkeeper founders Mark Mattson and Krystyn Tully.
An inspiring challenge to do “one thing” from radio host Terry O’Reilly.
All gala proceeds support Waterkeeper’s charitable work for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water. The organization’s flagship programs are Swim Guide, the Watermark Project, and a new Campaign for Water Literacy.
“Quietly, with very little fanfare, a community of people dedicated to swimmable, drinkable, fishable water has been growing across Canada. Their hearts, dedication, and commitment to clean water was on full display at the gala. It was one of the most inspiring nights of my career.” -- Mark Mattson, Waterkeeper and President
“To be associated with a cool event like the Waterkeeper Gala & Art Auction is every sponsor’s dream. As the presenting sponsor, we feel so very grateful to be in the position to partner with Waterkeeper and support their efforts.” -- Blair McKeil, Chairman and CEO, McKeil Marine
Presenting: McKeil Marine
Founding Supporter: RBC
Gold: Greater Toronto Sewer and Watermain Contractors Association
Silver: Cement Association of Canada, Fox Harb’r, Hatch Research Intelligence Inc., Miller Thompson, Ontario Power Generation, PortsToronto
Bronze: Bullfrog Power, Burnbrae Farms, Deloitte, Henry White Kinnear Foundation, Lassonde, Mill St. Brewery, Nestle Waters, Rogers
Contributing: The Westin Harbour Castle Toronto
Social Media Summary
On April 21, 2016, Canadian artists, philanthropists and leaders gathered at the CBC for the 5th annual Waterkeeper Gala Toronto. Musical acts Harrow Fair, Oh Susanna, Choir!Choir!Choir! performed. The Hon. Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change toasted the first ever Swim Drink Fish Ambassadors. Terry O’Reilly challenged the crowd to do “one thing.” A powerful video created by Tim Thompson was the highlight of the show, which was hosted by Mark Mattson. Fine art auctioneer, Stephen Ranger ended the night in exciting fashion by auctioning off pieces from such artists as Steve Driscoll, Edward Burtynsky, Wanda Koop, and Charles Pachter. With 100% of the proceeds supporting swimmable, drinkable, fishable water, the event proved to be the most successful Waterkeeper Gala yet. More info at www.waterkeepergala.ca
This year’s Waterkeeper Gala set a new fundraising record, bringing the total funds raised to $2.4-million in the last five years.
Waterkeeper Gala Toronto: www.waterkeepergala.ca
Lake Ontario Waterkeeper: www.waterkeeper.ca
Swim Guide: www.theswimguide.org
Watermark Project: www.watermarkproject.ca
Founded in 2001, Waterkeeper is a registered Canadian charity that uses law, science, culture, and digital media to protect a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future. The organization’s flagship programs are Swim Guide, the Watermark Project, and a new Campaign for Water Literacy.