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6th Annual Waterkeeper Gala 2017

© 2017 Photographs by BkontheScene;  Layout, Photographs and Article by TorontoArtsandEvents   All Rights Reserved.

Canadian artists, philanthropists and leaders gathered at the CBC Building in Toronto on April 20, 2017 for the 6th annual Waterkeeper Gala Toronto.  According to organizers, four hundred influential artists, philanthropists, athletes, and business leaders set a new fundraising record at this Gala by raising more than $550,000 which brought the gala’s fundraising tally to $2.4-million over the last five years.  The musical performers for the Gala were: Sarah Harmer, Hannah Georgas and Bahamas.  The live art auction was performed by fine art auctioneer, Stephen Ranger of Waddington’s.  Stirring speeches about the need for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water were given by Waterkeeper founders Mark Mattson and Krystyn Tully.  “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 All gala proceeds from the Gala go to support Waterkeeper’s charitable work for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.

The 2017 Ambassadors:

Dave Bidini:

Dave Bidini is a musician, author, filmmaker and host of the annual Wolfe Island Literary Festival and supporter of the 2017 Swim Drink Fish Arts Festival. He is one the founding members of rock group the Rheostatics. He has been nominated for a Genie, Gemini, JUNO, and CBC’s ‘Canada Reads’ and has published eleven books including Tropic of Hockey, On a Cold Road, and Writing Gordon Lightfoot.

Denise Donlon:

She has been a two-time chair of the Waterkeeper Gala Toronto and host of the Waterkeeper Gala Vancouver - Denise Donlon has helped raise $1-million for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.  She has been a leader in the Canadian Cultural landscape for over 30 years as President of Sony Music Canada, General Manager of CBC English Radio and various executive and on air positions at ChumTelevision, the NewMusic and MuchMusic.  Denise devotes her volunteer efforts to positively affect environmental and cultural change through organizations such as Waterkeeper.

Sarah Harmer

She is a Canadian an activist and singer-songwriter and activist and in 2001 hosted Lake Ontario Waterkeeper’s very first public event.  This year she is the curator of the Waterkeeper Gala Toronto show. In 2005, Ms. Harmer co-founded PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land), an organization which campaigned to protect the Niagara Escarpment from a proposed gravel development which would have removed some parts of wilderness near the escarpment. In October 2012, PERL won their case against the development.

Stephen Ranger

Stephen is VP of Business Development at Waddington’s and has been in the fine art auction business for more than twenty-five years. He has been involved in some of the highest grossing auctions of Canadian art in the last ten years and pioneered the sale of Fine Wine at Canadian auctions. A long time supporter of this Gala, Stephen has helped raise $1.7-million for it.
About Waterkeeper

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.  For more information or to donate visit:
Waterkeeper Gala Toronto:

  Swim Guide: or

  Watermark Project:

The Waterkeeper Gala was a very successful event for a very worthy cause.  Check back here for next year’s Gala.

© 2017 Photographs by BkontheScene Layout, Photographs and Article by TorontoArtsandEvents   All Rights Reserved

Category: Charity Events
Start Date: 2017-04-20
End Date: 2017-04-20
Venue: Canadian Broadcasting Centre

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