SPECIAL HONOUR FOR HITMAN
Provocative wrestler recognized
The Bob Edwards Award Gala is the signature fundraising event for the Calgary Public Library Foundation. A Calgary tradition, the Bob Edwards Award recognizes provocative individuals who are not afraid to speak their minds. The award’s namesake — Edwards — was the editor of a newspaper in the early 1900s called The Eye Opener and he was considered witty, pugnacious, and irascible. Edwards even dealt in juicy gossip.
“Provocative” individuals who have received the award over the years include: Conrad Black; Catherine Ford; Ian Tyson; Matthew Good; Pierre Berton; Preston Manning; Mary Walsh; W. Brett Wilson; and the award’s first honouree, Grant MacEwan in 1977.
This year’s recipient was Bret “Hitman” Hart. The legendary wrestler revolutionized the sport but many may not know he is a talented author as well. His autobiography, Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling is critically acclaimed and he is currently working on a fictional novel. Hart has overcome a severe concussion, numerous broken bones, a major stroke that forced his retirement and recently won his battle against prostate cancer. A befitting recipient of the Bob Edwards Award indeed.
Highlights of the gala held Nov. 4 at the Fairmont Palliser included: a pre-dinner reception replete with delectable hors d’oeuvres and spirits; an elegant four-course meal; welcoming remarks from emcee and 2015 award recipient W. Brett Wilson; an address from Mayor Naheed Nenshi whose announcement earlier in the day that he would seek another term as mayor proved the perfect fodder for good-natured ribbing from Wilson; an introduction of Hart by presenting sponsor, Brian Gervais, TD Bank Group senior vice-president, Prairie Region; Hart’s inspirational keynote address; and closing remarks by Paul McIntrye Royston, president and CEO, Calgary Public Library Foundation.
That each table was hosted by a prominent writer, filmmaker or musician from Calgary’s creative community added to the memorable experience for the hundreds of guests. Your faithful social scribe — billed as Bill “Brain Buster” Brooks, had the distinct pleasure of being a table host to: Willow Park Wines & Spirits’ Wayne Henuset and his wife Liz with colleague Peggy Perry and her husband Brien (the next evening would see these busy folks co-hosting Willow Park’s annual Charity Wine Auction); and Pacific Wines & Spirits’ Tiffany Corrie and Tammy Hutton with Justin Fleming and Kyle Beyeler.
Other guests in attendance this night included: proud spouse of honouree Bret Hart, his lovely wife Stephanie WashingtonHart; Calgary Public Library CEO Bill Ptacek and his wife Margaret; Prairie Merchant Capital vice-president, finance, Peter Blanchard and his wife Veronica: Library Foundation board chair Pat Moore and her husband Sherrold; foundation vice-president Brent Buechler; Business in Calgary publisher Pat Ottmann and his son Cole Ottmann; The Banff Centre, chair, Emeritus, Jeff Kovitz, Q.C., with Poet Laureate and table host Dr. Micheline “Meta 4” Maylor; foundation board member Brenda Nicholls and her husband, Council of Champions member Greig Nicholls; table hosts Catherine “Vertebreaker” Ford, Louis B. “The Critic” Hobson, Mark “Backbreaker” Tewksbury, and Aly “Finial Finisher” Velji; and wrestling fans Stamina Papi and Tony Cage.
The 2016 Bob Edwards Award Gala held Nov. 4 at the Fairmont Palliser was an SRO success. Pictured are this year’s honouree Bret “Hitman” Hart and his wife Stephanie Washington-Hart.
Joining Mayor Naheed Nenshi at the event are Calgary Public Library Foundation vice-president Brent Buechler, centre, with emcee and previous award honouree W. Brett “Dragon” Wilson. Nenshi would have good-natured fun with Wilson this night by...
All smiles at the Gala held Nov. 4 at the Fairmont Palliser are, from left, TD senior vice-president Prairie Region, Brian Gervais, Calgary Public Library Foundation vice-president Brent Buechler and Sue Gervais. The TD-presented event honoured Bret...
Joining 2016 Bob Edwards Award Gala honouree Bret “Hitman” Hart are Calgary Public Library Foundation treasurer Brenda Nicholls with the Foundation’s Council of Champions’ Greig Nicholls.
Village Brewery’s Jim Button and Mandy Stobo were among the hundreds of guests in attendance.
Among the hundreds of guests are Calgary Public Library Foundation board chair Pat Moore with Brien Perry and his wife, Willow Park Wines & Spirits’ Peggy Perry. Willow Park was an event partner again this year.
Pictured at the gala are table hosts, Postmedia’s Louis B. “The Critic” Hobson and former Bob Edwards Award recipient and retired Calgary Herald columnist Catherine “Vertebreaker” Ford. The 2016 gala honoured Bret “Hitman” Hart.
Pictured with Calgary Health Trust board member Sherrold Moore, centre, are Willow Park Wines & Spirits’ Wayne Henuset and his wife Liz Henuset. The next evening would see the Henuset’s co-host the Willow Park 23rd annual Charity Wine Auction.
Justin Fleming and Tiffany Corrie were among the hundreds of guests in attendance.
Prairie Merchant Capital vice-president, finance, Peter Blanchard and his wife Veronica Blanchard were among the hundreds of guests in attendance.
Jeff Kovitz, Q.C., chair, Emeritus, The Banff Centre and Poet Laureate Dr. Micheline Maylor were among the hundreds of guests.
Calgary Public Library Foundation CEO Bill Ptacek and his wife Margaret had a wonderful time.
Calgary Public Library Foundation president and CEO Paul McIntyre Royston, centre, with ACAD’s Cole Ottmann, left, and Business in Calgary publisher Pat Ottman.
The Gala honouring Bret “Hitman” Hart was aptly themed Get Ready to Rumble. Pictured are Hart fans Stamina Papi, left, and Tony Cage.
Pacific Wines’ Tammy Hutton and United Rentals’ Kyle Beyeler had a great time at the gala.