On May 18, 2017, some 40 of Canadian Friends of Mountain Lake PBS’s most loyal donors gathered to be honoured and thanked for their twenty+ years of support.
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The celebration took place at Galerie MV in Notre-Dame-de-Grace and was catered by the fabulous Mouton Vert Restaurant. The evening was MC’d by CJAD’s morning man, Andrew Carter, who reminisced about his own memories growing up with Mountain Lake PBS. “PBS had a profound impact on me from an early age,” he told the guests. “Those kids’ shows focused and continue to focus on education, even though we didn’t realize it at the time.”
Greeted by Big Bird and Mountain Lake PBS’s new President and CEO, Bill McColgan, our wonderful donors enjoyed a welcome cocktail and a truly spectacular Greek vegetarian spread prepared and donated by Maggie Barakaris, owner of Mouton Vert. They were also treated to their own private “Roadshow d’Antiquités à Montreal” – with the talented Anna Kaufer from Coach House Antiques who graciously appraised a number of items brought in by the guests.
We are so grateful to all our supporters – but the people in this room, and many many others who were not able to make it, are truly extraordinary. They have all been supporting Mountain Lake PBS for at least 20 years, and we have some supporters who have been with us for over 30 years. That is truly worth celebrating. When we say ‘we can’t do it without you’, it is not just a cliché; we truly rely on the support.
The event was organized by long-time supporter of MLPBS, Marina Cutler, the dynamic and talented President of Montreal’s E=MC2 Events. “Mountain Lake PBS is like a patch-work quilt of memories for us all, but to me and my family it has been so much more,” Marina explains. “It has inspired us to get engaged, to give back, to pay it forward – and as a family to ensure that we are helping to make a difference in our community.”
Marina is working with MLPBS to organize several additional upcoming events, including wine tastings to benefit MLPBS as well as the 6th Annual BRUSH-OFF Art Competition, which will be held in September.
Guests enjoyed live music courtesy of Mark Pinkus, a PBS trivia contest and a champaign toast. Everyone left with a bag of goodies, including a gorgeous Greek oregano plant courtesy of Mouton Vert, a PBS cd and a certificate of recognition.
Thank you – our incredible donors – for so many years of extraordinary support.
Because you give – PBS happens.
Special thanks to Marina Cutler of E=MC2 Events; Galerie MV; Restaurant Mouton Vert; Andrew Carter; Coach House Antiques; Mark Pinkus and Francis Castagna.
Photo credit: Francis Castagna.