4th Annual Artful Palate Fundraiser

$7,000 Raised at 40th Anniversary ‘Artful Palate’ Fundraiser
Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Cirillo’s Culinary Academy

Arts Etobicoke kicked off its 40th anniversary season in style with the Artful Palate fundraiser, generously hosted by Cirillo’s Culinary Academy. This sold-out event featured cooking demonstrations, tasting stations and live opera performances.

We were honoured that Cinna Faveri, a founding member of Arts Etobicoke, joined us for the event and shared remarks with regard to the 40th anniversary. As well, a number of past chairs of Arts Etobicoke were acknowledged at the event: Bernice Lang, Glen Davison, Cliff Dyke, Debbie Tkaczuk, Eleanor Fiorino, Michael Spence and Thomas Abel.

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals and organizations, we raised $7,000 which will support the unique arts education programming that Arts Etobicoke offers to our community.

Now in its fourth year, The Artful Palate has raised over $20,000, helping us to provide safe and fun learning environments for local families, promote and nurture diverse artists, emerging and established, and reach out to children and youth in underserved communities.

We sincerely appreciate the long-standing generosity of John and Margit Cirillo of Cirillo's Culinary Academy for hosting and sponsoring this beautiful event.

Special thanks to the 40th Anniversary Fundraising Committee: Ina Anthony, Lone Smith, Marjorie Devine, Suzan Hall and Gary Hepworth.

Thank you also to Barefoot Wine & Bubbly for supporting our event, to ARC Canada for their donation of printing services and to photographer Jeremy Sale for donating photography services.

A special thank you goes to Douglas Tranquada for coordinating the opera performances. The singers put together a wonderful program which included: ‘Champagne Song’ from Die Fledermaus (Strauss); The Physician (Cole Porter) sung by Catharin Carew; O Sole Mio/It’s Now or Never (Capurro/Di Capua) sung by Emilio Fina; O Mio Babbino Caro/The song that goes like this (Puccini/Idle) sung by Charlene Santoni; Where is the life that late I led (Cole Porter) sung by Douglas Tranquada; and the finale, a sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti).

We would also like to acknowledge the Friends of the 40th and silent auction donors for their donations: June Abel, Earla Alexander, Ina Anthony, Glen & Nancy Davison, Marjorie Devine, Cinna & John Faveri, Suzan Hall, Ann Holmes, Nancy Newton, Karl Sprogis, Mary Thelander, OCAD University Continuing Studies, Dean Tudor, Frank Trotz, Luminato, Donna Cansfield, L’Occitane en Provence, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Shaw Festival Theatre, Golden Horseshoe Aviation, University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto International Film Festival Group, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Atelier, Soulpepper, St. George’s Gold and Country Club, Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, Kuda Imports.

The event ran smoothly thanks to the invaluable support of many volunteers: Judy Roche, Theresa Bryson, Tara Dunphy, Carol Dunphy and Steve Lloyd.

And finally, a big thank you goes to our guests who joined us in honouring 40 years of Arts Etobicoke!
Jeremy Sale, Photographer

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