WAG Centennial Ball Sold Out but Online Auction Bidding Now On

Even though the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s October 20 Centennial Ball sold out months in advance, everyone else can still get in on the fun. By going to the Ball website at galleryball.wag.ca, you can bid on stunning custom-designed jewelry, a day at the spa, or a WAG 100 electric guitar. Gift certificates for a new wardrobe, skincare products, a session with a professional photographer. Tickets to Prairie Theatre Exchange or a walk-on part in a Royal Winnipeg Ballet performance. Two hours with a professional interior designer. Original artwork by Robert Archambeau, Dana Claxton, Neil Farber, Eva Stubbs, Marcel Dzama, Janet Werner, and others. A Mediterranean cruise or a week’s stay at the luxury Hilton Craigendarroch lodge in Scotland. Closer to home, you can bid on a dinner with WAG Director Stephen Borys and Centennial Ball Chair Hazel Borys , followed by a tour of the Gallery’s vaults where all the works of art are stored. How about dinner for you and your closest friends at some of Winnipeg’s finest restaurants? The list of items is truly amazing.

Funds raised through the Gallery Ball are allocated to the WAG’s Youth Programs, and donations are still being accepted.

“Each year thousands of young people in Manitoba enjoy the WAG’s youth programming, which nurtures creativity and encourages a love for the arts,” says Executive Director Stephen Borys. “Through art classes, school visits, Family Sundays, art camps, and Young Weekends they have the chance to experience all that art has to offer. Their horizons are expanded as they learn to see the world from different perspectives.” 

This year the annual fundraiser is themed to Guy Maddin’s Séances project, featuring the filmmaker’s hauntingly beautiful imagery. Maddin is one of the artists in the WAG’s first major Centennial exhibition, Winnipeg Now, which will be on view at the Ball, showcasing works by 13 of the most significant contemporary artists connected to the Winnipeg scene.

Guests at the black-tie event will dine in the permanent collection galleries surrounded by centuries of art. The galleries will be transformed into lush dining spaces, accented by magical floral displays created by the city's leading floral designers.

“To have sold out so early is an outstanding achievement, and all credit is due to the generous support of the community and the tireless efforts of our organizing committee,” says Hazel Borys, Chair of the Centennial Ball Committee. “The response from local businesses and organizations has been overwhelming. The impressive prizes we’ve been able to collect for the silent and live auctions and the raffle, are being added to galleryball.wag.ca daily. Whether or not you’re attending the Ball, you can bid online to support our great cause.”

Anyone interested in contributing to the fundraising project of the Centennial Ball may do so by contacting director-development@wag.ca/204.789.1768. To learn more about the Centennial Ball and other WAG 100 activities, visit galleryball.wag.ca and wag100.ca. For the latest updates, follow us on Twitter (wag_ca; #wag100ball) and Facebook (Winnipeg-Art-Gallery).

Executive Committee: Hazel Borys (Chair), Stephen Borys, Heather Cram, José Koes, and Scott McCulloch. Members: Brent Bellamy, Joyce Berry, Tim Borys, Hennie Corrin, Cora Eaton, Scott Gillam, Stefano Grande, Johanna Hurme, Nathan Janzen, Rob Johnston, Pam Kaspick, Alden Neufeld, Louis Trepel, Darlene Van Ruiten, Jordan van Sewell, Faye Warren, Ben Wasylyshen.

Dundee Wealth Investment Counsel is the presenting sponsor of the Centennial Ball. Gallery sponsors: BMO, Royal Canadian Mint, Royal Bank of Canada, Winnipeg Foundation, Winnipeg Free Press. Corporate table sponsors: Air Canada, Cibinel Architects, 5468796, Graham Construction, Granny's, Great West Life, Investors Group, James Richardson International, Inc., Janzen Builders, Johnston Group, MTS Allstream, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sigurdson McFadden, TD Financial Group, 10 Architectural Group, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg Free Press. Event sponsors: Storm Catering, Manitoba Liquor Control Commission, Doowah, Push Design, Esdale Printing Co Ltd, Florists Supply Ltd. Ann's Flowers & Gifts, Charleswood Florist, Floral Elements, Floral Fixx, McDiarmid Florists, Ormistons Florists, Roy's Florist, Signature Floral Gallery, High Tea Bakery, Lilac Bakery, Prairie Ink Restaurant and Bakery, Sweet Impressions, Parlour Coffee.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is grateful for the support of the following Centennial sponsors: BMO, The Winnipeg Foundation, the Department of Canadian Heritage, TD Bank, James Richardson & Sons Ltd., MTS Allstream, Johnston Group, Air Canada, RBC Royal Bank, PACART, Great-West Life, Friesens, Manitoba Culture Heritage and Tourism,  City of Winnipeg, Investors Group, Volunteer Associates - Winnipeg Art Gallery, Storm Bistro, Manitoba Lotteries Corporation, Ernst & Young, Fort Garry Hotel, KPMG, Lawton Partners, Loewen, Parrish & Heinbecker, Aikins, AON, Cambrian Credit Union, Manitoba Blue Cross, National Leasing, CP Loewen, North West Company, NRG Management. Media sponsors: Winnipeg Free Press, CTV, CBC, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, 103.1 Virgin Radio, 99.9 BOB FM, Doowah Design, Visual Lizard, Esdale Printing, Radio-Canada, Travel Manitoba, Tourism Winnipeg, Midcan Production Technologies. 

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