Edmonton Opera’s Valentine’s Gala

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

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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