Wow. Now wasn’t that a party?! The 17th annual Bill Brooks Prostate Cancer Benefit-themed Rock A Billy and held Jan 30 at Hotel Arts-raised more than $675,000 for prostate cancer research, education and treatment. More than 600 guests donned their rockabilly finest to sip, schmooze, sup, see, be seen, dance and bid on a amazing auction items. The Hotel Arts ballroom was transformed into a 60’s inspired venue which featuring fabulous themed-food (think haute TV dinners, banana-splits, gourmet burgers and fries), drinks, decor and more. Presented by Safeway and supported by invaluable partner the Calgary Health Trust, the Brooks Benefit has raised, since its inception, nearly $7 million.
That these funds benefit the Prostate Cancer Centre will prove invaluable for men-and their families-in the prostate cancer fight. The Centre relies solely on donor dollars to fund its operations.
The success of the benefit would not be possible were it not for the tireless support of a dedicated volunteer committee. So take a rockabilly bow: Larry Clausen; Annette Lambert; Caroline Seymour; Chad Cummins; Cheryl Star; Colin Cyr; Colleen McConnell; Daorcey Le Bray; David Crosson; Erin McKeague; Jame McIntyre; Jason Krell; Karissa Boley; Lynne Garrison-Thomas; Mark Wilson; Nicole Janke; Pam Heard; Phil Libin; Renee Hopfner; Tanya Cropley; and Tom Dodd.
And a big you rock it sentiments go out to event sponsors: Harley Davidson; BD&P; Calgary Jewellery; Cohn & Wolfe West; Dilawri Group of Companies; Farnum Construction; FirstEnergy Capital; Hotel Arts; Jayman Master; Homes by Avi; PCL Construction Leaders; Remington Development Corporation; Trail Appliances; Malcolm Albery and Shairole Henchall; Ike Kolias; Willow Park Wines & Spirits; Gregg Scott; Hopewell; McAra Printing; Village Brewery; Cheryl Starr Design Group; toon’z juke box; MNP; Orange Frog Productions; Avenue Magazine; CTV; XL 103 FM; and, of course, my beloved Calgary Herald.
Who was not in attendance would make a much shorter listing as seemingly half the city attended including: Calgary Health Trust CEO Jill Olynk and her husband Fred; Harley Davidson Calgary’s Rob Dzikewich; Alberta Ministers Jonathan Denis and Ric McIver with their spouses; urologists Dr. Bryan Donnelly, Dr. Jay Lee and Dr. John Dushinski; Prostate Cancer Centre executive director Pam Heard and her small army of volunteers; MRU’s David Docherty and his wife Kris; famed artist and avid event supporter Chris Tutty and his proud parents; Marc and Desiree Bombenon; Kerry Brennan and her son Casey Wagar; Mary Rozsa de Coquet; Jay Westman and his Jayman team; UDI’s Guy Huntingford and his wife Riina; Sonny Mottahed and his wife Katrina; Hotel Arts’ Mark and Kerry Wilson and their daughter Chelsea; Trail Appliances’ Wally Broderick and his team; Tony Dilawri; Gary Sartorio; and others pictured on these two pages.
But the fun isn’t over just yet as one lucky winner will drive away on a brand new Harley Davidson! Raffle tickets are still on sale through the Calgary Health Trust with the draw taking place Friday, Feb 13. Tickets are $150 and there is a one-in-500 chance of winning. Log onto calgaryhealthtrust.ca/bill brooks or call 403-943-0619. And good luck.
Many, many thanks to all on your phenomenal support. We’ll see you in January 2016 for the 18th annual benefit.
Article by Bill Brookes, posted on Calgary Herald: February, 2015