Edmonton Sym wine-tasting fundraiser

Posted on: February 4, 2009

In today’s (2/4) Edmonton Journal (Alberta, Canada), Nick Lees writes, “Saxophonist P.J. Perry donated his time and played cool tunes most of the night. A couple of music lovers paid $3,000 and $2,500 respectively to play the Winspear’s 6,551-pipe Davis Concert Organ. And trumpet player Bill Dimmer, a Civil Air Search and Rescue training officer, donated a flight over Edmonton that sold for $475. ‘We were delighted our first Flavours of B.C.’s Naramata Bench fundraiser raised about $50,000,’ said Lori Pratt, [development manager] of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. ‘Ticket sales account for 40 per cent of our budget annually, but we must raise $1.8 million through sponsors, corporate donations and fundraising.’ Ten Naramata wineries offered to pour wines at the fundraiser Friday night, held at the Winspear, and some 35 of their autographed bottles sold for $2,500. A dinner with Mayor Stephen Mandel at Jack’s Grill sold for the same figure. ESO music director Bill Eddins conducted bidding on the floor and helped fetch $3,000 for a custom-made Sam Abouhassan suit.”