Beat Goes On Gala hits all the right notes

Calgary Herald - - YOU - BILL BROOKS With files from Libin Car­dio­vas­cu­lar In­sti­tute of Al­berta

The Palomino Room at the BMO Cen­tre was rock­ing Sept. 8 as more than 500 guests gath­ered to sup­port the Libin Car­dio­vas­cu­lar In­sti­tute of Al­berta’s fifth an­nual The Beat Goes On Gala, fea­tur­ing head­liner Steven Page, former mem­ber of The Bare­naked Ladies. The event raised more than $900,000 to sup­port car­dio­vas­cu­lar care and re­search in south­ern Al­berta. Since in­cep­tion five years ago, the must-at­tend gala has raised more than $4.5 mil­lion.

“Each year the Beat Goes On Gala finds new friends and con­tin­ued sup­port from many an­nual con­trib­u­tors,” said Ken King, gala co-chair, vice-chair­man and CEO of Cal­gary Sports and En­ter­tain­ment Cor­po­ra­tion. “The work of the Libin Car­dio­vas­cu­lar In­sti­tute is key in local heart health and is of in­ter­na­tional sig­nif­i­cance. We are grate­ful for the sup­port.”

Pro­ceeds from this year’s gala event will help sup­port the In­sti­tute’s new Women’s Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Health Re­search Ini­tia­tive, which brings to­gether great re­search and clin­i­cal minds fo­cused on women’s car­dio­vas­cu­lar health. Mem­bers of this group are en­gaged in a wide va­ri­ety of pro­grams that fo­cus on the en­tire life­span of women from youth to preg­nancy right through to menopause and be­yond.

“This com­mu­nity de­serves ac­co­lades for the gen­er­ous sup­port it has pro­vided to the Libin Car­dio­vas­cu­lar In­sti­tute,” said Tony Di­lawri, gala co-chair and part­ner, Di­lawri Group of Com­pa­nies. “Car­diac ex­per­tise and re­search save lives, and the staff at the Libin In­sti­tute are some of the best in the world.”

In­sti­tute di­rec­tor Dr. Todd An­der­son added: “Our goal is to de­crease the bur­den of suf­fer­ing due to car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease through ex­cel­lence in train­ing, re­search and clin­i­cal care. We are so very grate­ful for the sup­port of our part­ners, the Univer­sity of Cal­gary and Al­berta Health Ser­vices, our co-chairs and the local com­mu­nity.”

Guests hav­ing a mar­vel­lous time this night in­cluded In­sti­tute founder Alvin Libin and his son Bobby and grand­chil­dren Louis, Nora and Eda Libin; Sam and Bev­erly Mozell; Myrna Lin­der, di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment at Cum­ming School of Medicine, Univer­sity of Cal­gary; Verna Yui, pres­i­dent and CEO of Al­berta Health Ser­vices; Ben­nett Jones LLP part­ner Harinder Basra and his wife Dr. So­nia Bu­talia; Avi Amir, Homes by Avi chair­man and his wife Rachel; and oth­ers pic­tured.

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