So, anything Molson related sounds like a good time to me, and for the First Annual Molson Canadian United Way Gala they did not disappoint. Complete with a Red Carpet entrance for the event at the Treasury Vodka Bar, live music, key note speaker Patrick LaForge of the Edmonton Oilers and even an appearance by the Grey Cup. Considering this was the FIRST annual gala, they certainly set the bar pretty high.
Up and coming recording artist Chad Brownlee was the entertainment for the evening. Chad was actually a 6th round draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks in 2003. He was pretty busy that year, he also managed to write and record the song “The Hero I See”, for which he was nominated for the NCAA Hockey Humanitarian Award. It was in memory of a nine-year-old boy, Anthony Ford, who lost his battle with leukemia. Pretty evident Chad is a pretty big believer in giving back, read more about him here http://chadbrownlee.com/wordpress/ . Thanks again Chad!
The event raised about $8,000, which is fantastic, but more importantly it raised a ton of awareness and generated some amazing conversation about issues and challenges in our community.
Everyone that I have spoken to about the event had an amazing time. That is the one thing that is unfortunate about how busy the campaign season is, one just can’t possibly get to every amazing event being held, but what a great problem to have! Thank you Molson for adding to the amazing amount of engagement that we are witnessing in the Capital Region. I raise my glass to you!
Keep it here kids – and keep it real.
Brandon Kelm is a Campaign Manager for United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.