Celebrate HER 2011: 1st Annual Charity Soiree

On May 14, 2011, Celebrate HER hosted its 1st annual event at the Cube Gallery, welcoming approximately fifty people to an elegant and awe-inspiring evening, benefiting Cornerstone Housing for Women. Westboro songstress, Amanda Cottreau enchanted the audience with the launch of her first solo album, Universe in a Soft Shell. Her special musical guests included Ottawa’s neo-folk trio Musk Ox and Toronto’s unclassifiable darling, Katherine Katey Morley. One of the many highlights of the evening was when spoken word poet, Nathanael Larochette, delivered a candid performance of his prolific prose. As warm hues of color transformed the walls anew, the eyes were drawn again and again to the visual feast of Jean Jewer’s nationally acclaimed abstract paintings. Ottawa-based photographer, Dwayne Brown‘s, photographic series showcased the raw beauty and strength of amazing women in our community. Dish Catering wowed the pallet with a mouth-watering selection of catered delicacies. The clear favorites were the fresh Thai spring rolls with green mango, mint and spicy cashew sauce and the grilled + chilled citrus prawn in roasted strawberry cocktail. The entire selection of offerings was deliciously fresh and beautifully presented – every bite a sensory and visual pleasure.

Endless gratitude to all of the sponsors, donors, volunteers, artists, community and media for helping to make the evening a tremendous success.  Together we raised $2,500 for Cornerstone’s Emergency Shelter and crafted an evening many can’t stop talking about.  On behalf of Cornerstone and the more than 500 women they support. Much thanks.

Ahmed Masud  Founder of Trustifier, Ahmed has provided the security of the site. He has also been a wellspring of knowledge, support and resource.
Don Monet  Ottawa artist, curator and activist, Don granted the use of his gallery on a coveted Saturday night.  He is an avid supporter of independent fine artists and local charities.
Dwayne Brown Owner and Lead Photographer at Dwayne Brown Studio, Dwayne donated stock photos, assisted in event concept design and has created a complimentary face study of women in our community.
Elizabeth Lance  Manager of The Ingenuity Group and fellow musician, Elizabeth donated a reserved evening rental of the Cube Gallery, use of her staff, as well as office space and resources.
Rob Dupuis Founder of Sweetchili, Rob assisted in the development, building and updating for the CelebrateHer.Org event website.
Robert Smith Founder and Creative Director of Greenmelon Inc., Robert designed the branding as well as the layout for all the CelebrateHer.Org promotional materials.

Stairwell Leo – One Hour Private House Concert | Hummingbird Spa – Hummingbird Pedicure Gift Certificate | Cherry Blossoms – Pole Dancing Exercise Class Gift Certificate | D’Arcy McGee’s Premium Pub –  Dining Gift Certificate | Jean Jewer – Abstract Painting | Jennifer Passmore – Two Tickets to Verdi’s Requiem (NAC) | K2 Martial Arts – Three Month Family Membership | Kami Dulop – Published Book “Never Say Never” | Katherine Morley – Porcelain Vase | Kelly Ryan of Vivante Hair Salon – Gift Certificate | Leo Tacconelli – DJ Services Gift Certificate | Margo Scott of Bija-Bijoux – Ann Taylor Necklace | Mary Elizabeth Marshall – Abstract Painting | Michael Boguslavsky B&M Therapy Clinic – One Hour Massage

Baylie Beck, Carol Sollows, Izabela DesGranges, Dominique & Sylvie (Cube Gallery Staff), Karine Roy, Nancy Blaine, Chris Harding, Sara Miall, Gord Elliott, Jessica O’Leary, Kim McLeod, Lorrianne Szivy, Mike Landry, Steve Perron, Yvonne Garvey



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