Ado­les­cent men­tal health the fo­cus of glo­ri­ous gar­den party

Calgary Herald - - YOU - BILL BROOKS

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.

PHOTOS: BILL BROOKS

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.

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