Our 2019 Annual Dinner

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Beneficiary Charity –   <p>shave your lid for a kid<sup>®</sup></p>

Kids Cancer Care of Alberta




From information supplied by Calgary Menorah Foundation

With apologies to former Flames broadcaster, Peter Maher, Calgary B’nai Brith – Menorah Foundation recently scored another one in the win column. Nearly 600 guests, members, corporate sponsors, and volunteers filled the dining hall of the Beth Tzedec Synagogue on February 21, 2019 for the 68th annual fundraising dinner.

This year’s honouree was Nancy Southern, Chair and CEO of ATCO Ltd. and Canadian Utilities Ltd. Her address was apropos to the evening as she spoke passionately about her family’s legacy, the importance of remembering one’s roots, the need for philanthropy right here at home, and the significance of helping those in need – including this year’s featured charity, Kids CancerCare. 

According to Lodge and Foundation president, Dr. Robert Barsky, this year’s dinner marks another step in the process of including women in the Foundation’s work. “Several key volunteers in this year’s planning were women,” he said, adding that “our honouree this year, Nancy Southern, is another in the group of women we have honoured, including Premier Rachel Notley, Gail Asper, and others.”

Also honoured at the dinner was Stuart Myron, this year’s recipient of the Ben Docktor award for service to the Jewish community. Stuart was honoured for his long service to Beth Tzedec Synagogue, the Calgary Jewish Community Foundation, and other organizations.

Returning to the podium as Dinner emcee was Steve Eichler, who served up ample portions of wit and warmth to keep the evening on track while attendees enjoyed a sumptuous meal, the thrill of a live auction, the usual cash door prizes, and the opportunity to help the Foundation raise the resources it needs to continue supporting services to children, seniors and the disadvantaged. 

Other local dignitaries in attendance included Chief Steve Dongworth of the Calgary Fire Department; Christine McIver, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta; Bill Brooks of the Calgary Herald; Stephanie Kusie, MP for Calgary Midnapore; and MLAs Jason Kenney and Rick McIver.

President Barsky noted that, in addition to featuring Kids Cancer Care, the dinner provides the Menorah Foundation with the resources to continue its philanthropy in the community. BBYO, the largest Jewish youth organization in the city, is a perfect example, Barsky explained. They hosted a very successful silent auction, sold 50/50 tickets, and ran the coat check to fundraise for their activities.

Philanthropy literally means “love of humankind”. The generosity and “love” of our guests proved that even on a cold Calgary February evening, support and spirit is alive and well in our community. Thank you to all for allowing Calgary Lodge Menorah Foundation – Calgary B’nai Brith to do what we do best!

Guest honouree Nancy Southern with Lodge/Foundation President
Dr. Robert Barsky

Ben Docktor Award Recipient Stuart Myron (right) with Ben Docktor Jr. (middle) and Past President Joel Grotsky