40th Anniversary Gala Honors
Jacqueline Desmarais and Frank Gehry
April 30, 2014
New York City
On April 30, 2014, Jacqueline Desmarais, patron of
the musical arts and benefactor of young musicians, and
Frank Gehry, iconoclastic architect and design
visionary, will be honored by the Council for Canadian
American Relations (CCAR) at its 40th anniversary
Gala dinner in New York City at the Metropolitan Club. The
Honorary Gala Chairmen are
Honourable Brian Mulroney and Mrs. Mila Mulroney,
and The Honorable Hilary M. Weston and W. Galen Weston.
Audrey and David Mirvish with Lauren and John J.
Veronis are the Gala Co-Chairs. The gala will host
prominent dignitaries as well as leaders in business, the
arts, and public life from both countries.
The gala evening’s program will highlight the
accomplishments of its distinguished honorees, whose
contributions have made a significant difference in the arts
and culture of both Canada and the United States. The
evening is also a celebration of CCAR's 40 years of
achievement, as well as the organization's future plans for
important cultural collaborations between Canada and the
United States. A portion of the funds raised in this evening
will go a newly named Jacqueline
Desmarais Fund for Young Artists
and to the TurnaroundArts initiative (an affiliate of
the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities) on
behalf of Frank Gehry.
Since its creation (originally as American Friends of
Canada) by David Rockefeller and the late Prime Minister
of Canada, The Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the
Council for Canadian American Relations has served as an
‘open door’ to dialogue and understanding between the two
nations through its support of the arts. The organization
represents a consortium of donors in both countries, and
more than 100 beneficiary institutions ranging in size and
scope. Grantees have ranged from the Art Gallery of Ontario
to MoMA, the Canadian Opera Company to The Metropolitan
Opera, and many more. Its special programs provide forums
for broader dialogue that, in turn serve to foster
understanding and friendship between the two nations.
Ticket & Table information:
$50,000 Platinum Table
Includes listing on the Leadership Committee
on the gala invitation and printed program; premiere seating
for ten at the gala dinner; special acknowledgement during
the evening; full page message in the printed program.
listing on the Leadership Committee on the gala invitation
and the printed program; prime seating for ten at the gala
dinner; full-page message in the printed program.
Includes listing on the Leadership Committee
on the gala invitation and printed program; preferred
seating for ten at the gala dinner.
$2,000 Gold Ticket(s)
Includes listing on the Committee on the gala
invitation and printed program.
$1,000 Silver Ticket(s)
To purchase tickets and tables contact:
Council for Canadian American Relations Gala Office c/o MK
Event Studio, 111 Cherry Street, New Canaan, CT 06840
Tel: (203) 298-4722 Fax: (203) 298-4724
Tickets are tax deductible as permitted by law in both the
US and Canada. Council for Canadian American Relations is a
U.S. 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Canadian
taxpayers may also receive a tax credit, as a qualified
donee under subsection 149.1(1) of the Canadian Income
For further information on the gala
About the Council For Canadian American
CCAR operates a program that makes it possible for
individuals in Canada and the United States to receive a tax
benefit when supporting arts and cultural institutions
across the border.
Beginning in 2013, CCAR launched a new series of special
programs and events celebrating Canadian-American
collaborations through the arts to provide even greater
support for cultural organizations in the two countries.
The Council for Canadian American Relations was created in
1972 as American Friends of Canada by prominent U.S. banker
David Rockefeller and the late Prime Minister of Canada, The
Rt. Hon. Pierre Elliott Trudeau. It was supported by an
exceptional group of political and business leaders that
included Henry Ford II; Robert Sarnoff, Chairman of RCA; art
collectors Norton Simon and Lila DeWitt Wallace, and notable
Canadian philanthropist Bluma Appel. The original mission
was to foster and encourage awareness, understanding and
appreciation between the peoples of Canada and the United
States through the arts. These visionaries knew that by
creating a tax-wise program to encourage cross-border
donations to the arts, they would be opening a door between
the peoples of Canada and the United States. It has been a
very wide door. Over its 40 years, CCAR has loaned and
gifted hundreds of works of art to museums and galleries,
and established cultural programs that encourage dialogue
through the arts between Canada and the United States.
The Council for Canadian American Relations promotes
artistic excellence and strengthens cultural institutions
within and between the two nations through its programs and
facilitation of cross-border funding.
Chairmen: The Right Honorable Brian Mulroney, Mrs. Mila
Mulroney, The Honorable Hilary M. Weston, W. Galen Weston.
Gala Co-Chairs Audrey, David Mirvish with Lauren and John J.