Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

One million dollars for the Renaissance Ball

Ottawa - June 3, 2005


One million dollars for the Renaissance Ball  
It is with great pride that the National Gallery of Canada Foundation revealed the amount of revenue generated by the Renaissance Ball, its first-ever national fundraising event, held on Saturday May 28th.

Before an impressive group of guests from across the country, Thomas d’Aquino, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, said, “This is a historic day for the National Gallery of Canada and its Foundation.” He added, “As this was a first experience, we were initially aiming for $500,000, but given the overwhelming enthusiasm for the project, we quickly raised our objective – and we are very happy we did, raising well over one million dollars for the National Gallery! I would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the many philanthropists who demonstrated exemplary generosity. I also want to thank Marie Claire Morin and her team, who accomplished a colossal task, overcoming many hurdles on the way.”

Marie Claire Morin, President and CEO of the Foundation, paid her own special tribute: “Through his leadership, vision and commitment, Thomas d’Aquino accomplished an incredible feat by bringing together such a prestigious group of art patrons and philanthropists. Without him, the Renaissance Ball would simply not have been possible.” She added, “I also want to thank all the members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, those of the organizing committee, and the entire team of the Gallery and the Foundation for their unwavering support.”

The funds raised by the event will be directed to the acquisition of a major work of art for the Gallery’s permanent collection: Salviati’s magnificent drawing David, which is featured in the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and the Renaissance in Florence, presented at the Gallery until 5 September 2005. The funds will also support the National Gallery of Canada’s travelling exhibitions program throughout the country, and educational art programs for children.

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125th Anniversary Circles / Les cercles du 125e anniversaire

Distinguished Benefactors / Bienfaiteurs distingués
Thomas and Susan d’Aquino (Ottawa)
André et France Desmarais (Montréal)
Michal and Renata Hornstein (Montreal)
Robert and Margaret MacLellan (Toronto)
G. Wallace and the Honourable Margaret McCain (Toronto)
J.-Robert et Myriam Ouimet (Montréal)
Michael Sabia and Hilary Pearson (Montreal)
Donald and Beth Sobey (Stellarton)

Distinguished Patrons / Mécènes distingués
Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa (Vancouver)
Laurent et Claire Beaudoin (Montréal)
Elisabetta and Stephen Bigsby (Toronto)
Dominic and Pearl D’Alessandro (Toronto)
Craig and Elaine Dobbin (St. John’s)
Daniel et Heather Gagnier (Montréal)
Paul and Carol Hill (Regina)
Arthur and Sandra Irving (Saint John)
Hassan and Nezhat Khosrowshahi (Vancouver)
Jim Kinnear and Bridgette Eansor Kinnear (Calgary)
Gwyn Morgan and Pat Trottier (Calgary)
Michael Potter and Véronique Dhieux (Ottawa)
Hartley and Heather Richardson (Winnipeg)
John and Judi Risley (Halifax)
Jim and Deborah Westlake (Toronto)

Distinguished Partners / Partenaires distingués
Robert and Susan Armstrong (Toronto)
Roger Beauchemin et Elisabeth Roux (Montréal)
Robert and Karen Blackburn (Ottawa)
Jacques et Valentina Drouin (Montréal)
Jim and Margaret Fleck (Toronto)
Anthony and Helen Graham (Toronto)
Mary and Graham Hallward (Toronto)
Shawn and Marsha Klerer (Toronto)
Jack Lawrence (Toronto)
Martin Mason and Linda Campbell (Ottawa)
Bill and Romina Malhotra (Ottawa)
Andrew and Denise Pilkington (Toronto)
Peter and Susan Restler (New York)
Robert and Tania Ritchie (Calgary)
Gregory Tsang (Toronto)
William and Nancy Turner (Montreal)
Zeev and Sara Vered (Ottawa)
Rob and Patty Wright (Ottawa)

125th Anniversary Circles / Les cercles du 125e anniversaire

Distinguished Benefactors / Bienfaiteurs distingués
Volunteers’ Circle of the National Gallery of Canada /
Cercle des bénévoles du Musée des beaux-arts du Canada

Bell Canada
Empire Company Limited
Holding O.C.B. Inc.
McCain Capital Corporation
Power Corporation of Canada / Power Corporation du Canada
TD Bank Financial Group / Groupe Financier Banque TD

Distinguished Patrons / Mécènes distingués
Alcan Inc.
Bombardier Inc.
Clearwater Fine Foods Inc.
CHC Helicopter Corporation
EnCana Corporation
The Hill Family / La famille Hill
Inwest Investments Ltd.
Irving Oil Limited
James Richardson & Sons, Limited and Affiliated Companies /
James Richardson & Fils, limitée et ses sociétés affiliées
Manulife Financial / Financière Manuvie
Pengrowth Management Limited / Gestion Pengrowth limitée
Polygon Homes Ltd.
RBC Financial Group / RBC Groupe Financier

Distinguished Partners / Partenaires distingués
American Express
Arnon Corporation
Canacermex Inc.
Canadian Pacific Railway / Chemin de fer Canadien Pacifique
Claridge Homes Group of Companies
Export Development Canada /Exportation et développement Canada
Fleck Family Foundation / Fondation de la famille Fleck
Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP / s.r.l.
Lawrence & Company Inc.
The Luigi Liberatore Foundation / La fondation Luigi Liberatore
McLean Budden
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. / Groupe SNC-Lavalin inc.
The William and Nancy Turner Foundation / La fondation William et Nancy Turner

Distinguished Sponsors / Commanditaires distingués
Brookstreet Resort, Chanel, Embassy of Italy / Ambassade d’Italie, Fairmont Château Laurier,
Holt Renfrew, Les Suites Hotel, Ottawa / L’hôtel Les Suites d’Ottawa, Signatures@Le Cordon Bleu Paris, Trans-Optique Inc., Tri-Graphic Printing (Ottawa) Limited / Imprimerie Tri-Graphic (Ottawa) ltée

Anouk Hoedeman
Senior Media and Public Relations Officer
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