The annual Benefit Gala of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, held last Saturday, April 30, at Uniprix Stadium, was an outstanding success, allowing the company to reach its financial goals, raising more than $838,810 in support of its productions.
The 800 guests were treated to a highly memorable, dazzling and festive evening. They were welcomed by the gala’s co-presidents Mathieu Duguay, President of Cogir and Maurice Côté, Regional Vice President, RBC Royal Bank, replacing Martin Thibodeau, President, Quebec Headquarters, RBC Royal Bank, as well as Constance V. Pathy, Chair of the Board of Directors of Les Grands Ballets, Artistic Director Gradimir Pankov, and Executive Director Alain Dancyger.
The Gala began with a cocktail, followed by a gourmet dinner. On the program was a performance of Dim Light of Dawn by choreographer Ken Ossola. Over 1,200 prestigious prizes were drawn, including the grand prize, a stay for two in Paris offered by Air France, Chanel and Mandarin Oriental Paris for a total value of $26,000! Finally, at 10 p.m., the dancing began! To the rhythms of Paul Chacra’s “1945” orchestra, the guests danced to their heart’s content with the company’s dancers.
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