11th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction
“I have a tremendous admiration for what the Nature Trust has done tonight,” remarked internationally-renowned speaker and activist Stephen Lewis during his inspiring and timely speech at the Nova Scotia Nature Trust’s 11th Annual Dinner & Silent Auction, held October 30th, 2008, at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax.
The audience of over 500 listened intently as Lewis passionately delivered his insight about the importance of urgent, dramatic action and “environmental solidarity” to curb the environmental degradation that the planet is experiencing. Referring to the Nature Trust as an “extraordinary cause,” Lewis noted that “everything the Nature Trust does fuses with larger environmental issues.” Lewis “feels that the environment truly is the issue of this century,” and believes that it is “absolutely fundamental that the Nature Trust” continues doing its extremely worthwhile work.
The event – hosted by the Vice President of the Chronicle Herald, Sarah Dennis – raised a total of $54,000, providing critical funds to the Nature Trust’s work in protecting Nova Scotia’s native biodiversity and environment. Our fabulous Silent Auction raised $17,500, and contained exception works of art and one-of-a-kind experiences. The Live Auction raises $7,500, thanks to exception live auction items, and the great auctioneering skills of Jeremy Webb. Raffle tickets went like hot cakes, both before and at the Dinner, and raised over $3,500 (thank you to our ticket sellers and congratulations to our winners). The Chronicle Herald also announced a surprise donation of $5,000 at the Dinner!
A big thank you to the many volunteers that make this event outstanding every year. We are also greatly appreciative of the sponsorship and donations that support our Dinner, and of course, the support of the Dinner attendees.
We hope you will join us for our 12th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction in October 2009!
Photos from Dinner
The Vivace Children's Choir opened the evening with a beautiful and uplifting music message
|Auction bidders keenly made their choices from the many wonderful items|
|Board Member Karen Miner, Daniel Rainham, Nancy Wright, Tarah Wright, and Nature Trust's Lara van Loon|
|Stephen Lewis, our guest speaker for 2009, and Sarah Dennis, our emcee for the evening, both spoke eloquently at the event|
|This event is possible in great part due to the generosity of our sponsors. Thank you Michelin, O'Regan's, Air Canada, Wade Atlantic, Corridor Resources, and Halifax International Airport Authority!|
A big Thanks especially to our photographer Clark Richards who generously volunteered his talents for the night.
See more photos from the Dinner in the December issue of SNAP Halifax.
Peruse our gorgeous slideshow to get a feel for this special night.
About Stephen Lewis
Recognized internationally as a leader in human health, Stephen Lewis is also an advocate for global health and the fate of our environment. Mr. Lewis has chaired the first International Conference on Climate Change, which drew up the first comprehensive policy on global warming. In February of 2007, Mr. Lewis took part in Feeling the Pulse of the Planet, which was a conversation between himself and David Suzuki that explored the links between the environment, health and Canadian values. The former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, Mr. Lewis is Chair of the board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation in Canada, as well as being the co-Director of AIDS-Free World, a new international AIDS advocacy organization, based in the United States.
Thank Yous and Sponsors
The Dinner would not be possible without the hard work and perseverance of a great team of volunteers. Thanks everybody!
Dinner Committee Volunteers
Corey Miller (chair)
Clark Richards (photographer)
Joel Miller (program)
World Trade and Convention Centre
The Sakura Quartet
Vivace Children’s Choir
Frame Plus Art
Frog Hollow Books
The Nature Trust is eternally grateful to our generous sponsors. Our sponsors make our annual dinner possible.
|Printing sponsor||Wade Atlantic|
|Raffle sponsor||Air Canada|
|Print Media sponsor||Chronicle Herald|
|Bronze sponsor||Corridor Resources|
|Bronze sponsor||Halifax Airport Authority|