Calgary has affinity for Memorial
Memorial was on the menu at the Calgary Petroleum Club June 18 when more than 250 alumni and friends of the university and province gathered for the second annual Calgary Affinity Dinner.
Instead of a keynote speaker, the Calgary organizing committee changed things up this year by having Newfoundland and Labrador’s own Damhnait Doyle and Kim Stockwood perform. They showed their remarkable talent by singing a number of their award winning songs. For many the highlight was when they sang the Ode to Newfoundland.
In addition to the performance, a live auction was held by professional auctioneer David Galvin. The dinner raised just over $65,000 with all proceeds going towards scholarships and bursaries at Memorial.
The master of ceremonies was Ted Henley of 660 News radio in Calgary.
The Provincial Minister of Business Paul Oram brought greetings on behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Memorial’s Acting President Eddy Campbell spoke about Memorial.
The Calgary organizing committee was led by Chair Karl Smith, president and CEO of Fortis Alberta.
Affinity Newfoundland and Labrador dinners are held to celebrate the success of Memorial’s alumni and to encourage support for the university and its students. They are organized by alumni and friends of Memorial in conjunction with Memorial’s Office of Alumni Affairs and Development.
Similar dinners are being held this year in Ottawa on Nov. 3 and Toronto on Nov. 4.