Adolescent mental health the focus of glorious garden party
There are parties. And then there is W. Brett Wilson’s annual garden party.
The must-be-invited-to fete has, over the years, raised millions of dollars for myriad charities. The concept, created by Wilson, is simple. He would host an over the top event in the garden of his Mount Royal mansion and pick up the tab for all the costs. Guests are simply asked to make a meaningful donation to the charities chosen each year. This year’s event was held Sept. 6, a little later than normal, due to Wilson’s beloved Nashville Predators having a great run in the playoffs. That, and a massive renovation to his home and garden necessitated an end of summer bash rather than the historical start of summer soiree. But what a great way to end the summer of 2017.
More than 1,000 guests attended (the wait list exceeded another 100 or so) and dug deep to raise more than $425,000.
The nine charities benefiting from this event all focus on adolescent mental health. Recipients are: Canadian Mental Health Association, Calgary Counselling Centre, Wood’s Homes, Hull Services, Kids Help Phone, Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth, Potential Place Society and Distress Centre Calgary.
Further, Wilson personally supported the Silver Linings Foundation by donating $10 (up to $10,000) every time the hashtag #OMGP was used in the garden. Fabulous entertainment, pop-up shops and libation galore ensured this really is the event to be invited to.
Guests attending this night included: Sue Anne Valentine; Bryan and Elaine Walsh; Jayman BUILT’s Jay Westman and his wife Karen; Edge Mark Capital’s Bruce Edgelow and his wife Polly DeWulf; Brookfield Residential’s Allan Klassen and his wife Christine; Women for Men’s Health founder and Prostate Cancer Centre board member Dr. Shelley Spaner; Dr. Geoffrey Gotto; U of C president Elizabeth Cannon with colleague Nuvyn Peters, vicepresident of development and fund engagement; Great Western Breweries board chair Michael Shaw and his wife Linda; Shane Homes founder Cal Wenzel; Tony and Marty Trutina of Trutina Homes; Bret “Hitman” Hart and his wife Stephanie Washington-Hart; MLA Richard Gotfried and his wife Cathy; country music superstar Brett Kissel; Byron and Michelle Taylor; rising singing star Zasha Rabie; Mode Models founder Kelly Streit with Jade Davis; RESOLVE’s Cheryl Hamelin and Mary Ann Steen; Kathy Hnatiuk; mayoral hopeful Bill Smith and his wife Mary; country music star Jake Mathews and his wife Candice; media personality Aisling Tomei; Laura Schewchenko; Ouansa Macrae; Bill and Franca DeJong; Brooks and Dodd Consulting’s Tom Dodd; and Hillberg & Berk’s Chelsey Mounts and Kelsey Conway.
W. Brett Wilson and his faithful companion J. Cash were gracious hosts.
W. Brett Wilson’s annual garden party is the stuff of legend. This year’s event saw 1,000 guests dig deep to raise significant funds for nine charitable organizations with a focus on adolescent mental health. Pictured are the Heebee Jeebies, just one of the many acts performing this night.
Bret “Hitman” Hart and his wife Stephanie Washington-Hart.
Polly DeWulf and her husband, Edge Mark Capital’s Bruce Edgelow, were among the more than 1,000 guests who gathered in the gardens of W. Brett Wilson’s Mount Royal estate for his annual garden party.
Legendary philanthropist and Shane Homes founder Cal Wenzel with Tony and Marty Trutina of Trutina Homes.
Great Western Breweries board chair Michael Shaw, his wife Linda Shaw and Brooks and Dodd Consulting’s Tom Dodd.
Fabulous food, entertainment and pop-up shops were a few of the highlights at W. Brett Wilson’s annual garden party. Pictured are Hillberg & Berk’s Chelsey Mounts, left, and Kelsey Conway. The cool Canadian-made jewelry will be available at their new location in Market Mall as of Oct 15.
Country music super star Brett Kissel, centre, is joined by Michelle Taylor and Byron Taylor. Kissel was a big winner a few days later at the Canadian Country Music Awards.
University of Calgary president Elizabeth Cannon, left, and colleague Nuvyn Peters, vice-president of development and fund engagement.
Fifteen-year-old Zasha Rabie, a soon to be superstar, was one of the performers at the fab fete.
Kelly Streit and Jade Davis of Mode Models.
Mayoral candidate Bill Smith with his wife Mary Smith.
Women for Men’s Health founder and Prostate Cancer Centre board member Dr. Shelley Spaner with urologist Dr. Geoffrey Gotto.