Dazzling, celebratory evening of theatre magic

at Centaur’s Fundraising Gala

On October 16, Centaur Theatre’s Artistic and Executive Director Eda Holmes and the Theatre’s Board of Directors, Chaired by Michael Baratta, hosted CENTAUR SOIRÉE, Centaur’s 2018 Gala. Those in attendance were fêted with a celebratory night including a classy live auction guided by Aaron Rand; Treasure Chest prizes hosted by Lori Graham; a fabulous silent auction that wrapped around the mezzanine; an outstanding cocktail dînatoire; and a tour-de-force musical performance by the incomparable, award-winning jazz singer and actor, Ranee Lee. This winning 50th birthday party raised $147,000 by the time the candles were blown out.

Suzanne Asselin and Claude Rouleau of RBC Dominion

Vital funds aside, it was a beautiful celebration. On arrival, guests made their way up the red carpet, posing for photos next to lush, red velvet curtains. Decorator extraordinaire, Roberto Menegati, wowed once again. Reminiscent of all the opening night bouquets, roses were suspended overhead and beautifully displayed on tables.

 

Guests were treated to the rich a cappella sound of the Choir Boy cast on the portico steps. Small groups headed to the depths of the theatre for an inside peek behind the scenes during the Ghost Walk. Featuring a great cast of performers, they were taken to the costume shop, the green room, dressing rooms and the props shop. Over in the smaller theatre, Summersett Band, set up in a Jazz Bar atmosphere, won the crowd over with their smooth, original sounds.

Christopher Parker, Lyndz Dantiste, Steven Charles, Patrick Gauthier-Abellard and Vlad Alexis of Choir Boy

Summersett Band. From left to right Holly Frankel (vocals), Nick Carpenter (piano), Summersett (vocals),
Pierre Gaudreault (bass), Davis (vocals), Jean-Philippe Godbout (drums), Amélie Lamontagne (violin) and Sophie Coderre (cello)

Centaur Soirée also had many respected guests in attendance, including Madame Christine Gosselin, Member of the Executive Committee and responsible for Culture, Heritage and Design for Montreal. Also enjoying the atmosphere were patrons representing Air Canada, Cummings & Gold Families, Fednav Limited, Reitmans (Canada) Limited, the Rossy Family Foundation and Systra Canada.

Board Member Nancy Cummings Gold, Chairman of the Board Michael Baratta, Artistic & Executive Director Eda Holmes and renowned jazz performer Ranee Lee

Larry & Cookie Rossy and

Georgia & Emile Shamie from the Rossy Family Foundation

 

Chloe Fortin, Joseph Malala, Edmond Sai-Yen Chung and Eric Lauzon from Air Canada

Guillaume Genin and guests from Systra Canada

This year’s fundraiser was about the magic of theatre, and nothing was more captivating than watching the inimitable Ranee Lee in an intimate concert setting. Lee spoke about marrying her two passions of theatre and jazz, treating guests to her beautiful, fresh jazz interpretations.

This year’s fundraiser was about the magic of theatre, and nothing was more captivating than watching the inimitable Ranee Lee in an intimate concert setting. Lee spoke about marrying her two passions of theatre and jazz, treating guests to her beautiful, fresh jazz interpretations.

Attendees capped the evening enjoying a looming red velvet birthday cake, rich brownies and lemon-meringue tartlets. People left the building inspired for the upcoming theatrical season.

Ticket revenues cover less than half of the theatre’s annual expenses. Money raised not only allows Centaur Theatre to produce high-quality professional theatre in the heart of the city, but also covers initiatives such as Theatre of Tomorrow and Saturday Morning Children’s Series. Contributions employ over 200 local, national and international theatre artists each year and maintain a valuable heritage building. This annual gala fundraiser is an occasion to celebrate the theatre’s rich legacy and guarantee its essential future.

CENTAUR SOIRÉE COMMITTEE

Michael Baratta

Nancy Cummings Gold

Dr. Anthony G. Czaharyn

Paola Farnesi

Silvia Galeone

Belle Grivakis

Eda Holmes

Fergus V. Keyes

Li Li

Tony Loffreda

Kevin E. Lutes

Hugh W. McAdams

Roberto Menegati

Beth Noel

Richard Pan

Hartland Paterson

Vincent Prager

Carolyn E. Renaud

Caitlin Rose

Nayan Saha

Charlene Todaschuk

Carmela Vincelli

Robert A. Walsh

Robert M. Yalden

AUCTIONEER

Aaron Rand, CJAD

 

TREASURE CHEST

Lori Graham, CTV

Jessica Abdallah

Dayane Ntibarikure

AMBASSADORS

Martin R Landry

Rodrigue Lussier

 

PATRONS

Air Canada

Cummings & Gold Families

Fednav Limited

Power Corporation of Canada

Reitmans (Canada) Limited

Rossy Family Foundation

Systra Canada

 

MAJOR IN-KIND DONORS & IN-KIND SPONSORS

Air Canada

Antonopoulos Group

Celebrations – Party & Special Event Rentals

Epik Hotel Boutique & Restaurant Bonaparte

Groupe Marcelle

Imprimerie Aubry

Mansfield Athletic Club

Menegati Design

Palladium Hotels & Resorts

Pinkerton Flowers

SAQ

Scenic luxury cruises & tours

Squish candies

The Crane Resort

VIA Rail Canada

WestJet

 

© Photo credits : Andrée Lanthier and Antoine Saito

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