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LES GRANDS BALLETS CANADIENS DE MONTRÉAL KEEPS THE BALL ROLLING— ITS 2013 BENEFIT GALA IS AN UNPRECEDENTED SUCCESS!

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Montreal, May 1, 2013The annual Benefit Gala of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, held last Saturday at Uniprix Stadium in Jarry Park under the theme of “Projected into the Future,” was an unprecedented success, exceeding the company’s fundraising target of $1 million in support of its projects. The approximately one thousand guests were welcomed by Isabelle Hudon, President of Sun Life Financial Quebec and the event’s vivacious Patron of Honour, by a committee of 24 dedicated businesswomen, and by Constance V. Pathy, Chair of the Board of Directors of Les Grands Ballets, Artistic Director Gradimir Pankov, and Executive Director Alain Dancyger. This marvellous evening, a convivial and festive affair, featured a draw for numerous high-quality prizes.

The Gala began with a cocktail hosted by DJ Abeille. Before the gourmet dinner came one of the high points of the evening: a superb 3-D holographic montage revealing the architectural plans of Les Grands Ballets’ new Maison de la danse and outlining the company’s future projects. The final image, in which Isabelle Hudon appears alongside one of the company’s first soloists, André Silva, symbolizes Les Grands’ ambition—and Grand vision! The image underscores the business community’s involvement in culture and the two worlds that are now inextricably linked, to their mutual benefit. Also on the program was a called auction, as well as a silent auction. The first two items auctioned were a gourmet meal for 10 people in the company of Isabelle Hudon and Dominique Bertrand, and a one-of-a-kind ring valued at $6,600, designed specially for the event, set with a 3.20 CTS natural tanzanite and 74-point diamonds in an 18k white gold setting. The first two items of the silent auction were just as attractive to female guests attending next year’s ball: a Prada dress offered by Isabelle Hudon, a limited Runway edition worth $8,000, and a Saint John dress by Dominique Bertrand valued at over $2,000. Finally, at 10 p.m., the dancing began! To the rhythms of Paul Chacra’s “1945” orchestra, the guests danced to their heart’s content.

This major fundraising activity allows one of country’s greatest cultural institutions to achieve its mission and finance its creations. Although creation lies at the heart of its mission—the essence of a company renowned for its bold and eclective repertoire and eye to the future—the company recently broadened its mandate with last week’s launch of the National Centre of Dance Therapy, founded in association with four university healthcentres. This unique centre will provide three interconnected services: dance and movement therapy; clinical research; and collaboration on Canada’s first graduatelevel training program in dance therapy.

To ensure its visibility and long-term development, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal relies on a loyal public and external financial support that represents approximately 20% of its total budget. Since its inception 57 years ago, the company has forged long-lasting bonds with subscribers, donors, private foundations and members of the business community. The generous supports of these partners is essential in ensuring the company’s financial stability. Our next Gala will take place in April 2014.

Acknowledgments LES GRANDS BALLETS CANADIENS DE MONTRÉAL WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND ITS WARMEST THANKS TO:

PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE – $25,000 or more Sun Life Financial Seamont Foundation Bell National Bank TELUS Saputo CAE Rio Tinto Alcan TD Bank L’Oréal Canada SNC Lavalin

DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE – $12,000 RBC BMO Financial Group Fonds de Solidarité FTQ Bombardier Aerospace United Technologies Corporation Scotia McLeod Solareh Inc. SAQ Korn Ferry International Fednav La Maison Ogilvy and Holt Renfrew Upperkut Birinco Manulife Financial

Les Grands Ballets would also like to thank Musion Canada, Lucion Média and Sun Life Financial for their invaluable support.

Les Grands Ballets receives the financial assistance of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Media contact
Aléna Jeangrand
Ralationniste / Publicist
514-849-8681 # 263
ajeangrand@grandsballets.com