Se­in­feld back in spot­light for hart foun­da­tion

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - Zach laing

CAL­GARY — Martha Hart is the first per­son to ad­mit she hasn’t taken much time to re­flect these last few decades.

A lit­tle over two decades ago she lost the love of her life, WWE su­per­star Owen Hart, in a tragic ac­ci­dent in the ring.

But this year, in the 20th an­niver­sary of not only Owen’s death but the birth of the Owen Hart Foun­da­tion in his hon­our, Martha says she fi­nally has taken some time to her­self.

“It’s re­ally been quite the jour­ney. I find that I was work­ing so hard that I re­ally never looked up,” she said. “And with it be­ing our 20th an­niver­sary, I re­ally had time to re­flect and I fi­nally did look up.

“I re­ally re­al­ize all the amaz­ing work that the Owen Heart Foun­da­tion has done over the past 20 years. It’s re­ally over­whelm­ing and just such a plea­sure that we’ve been able to ac­com­plish so much and to have helped so many peo­ple.”

Since its in­cep­tion, the foun­da­tion has since gone on to be­come a key sta­ple in the Cal­gary com­mu­nity help­ing in ed­u­ca­tion, af­ford­able hous­ing, and for­eign aid.

And on Oct. 18, an old friend of the foun­da­tion is mak­ing his re­turn to Cal­gary as leg­endary co­me­dian Jerry Se­in­feld will be tak­ing the stage in cel­e­bra­tion of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s 20th an­niver­sary.

It’s not the first time Se­in­feld has done a standup rou­tine for the foun­da­tion.

Ten years ago, he head­lined the 10th annual event and Hart says they’ve been plan­ning on bring­ing him back ever since.

“We’re so thrilled to have Jerry re­turn­ing — ever since we had him the first time, we’ve al­ways had this vi­sion that we would like to have him back to the 20th (an­niver­sary),” she said.

“We didn’t know if that would hap­pen. We’ve never had a re­peat en­ter­tainer … . We feel so hon­oured that he is re­turn­ing and com­ing back for this very spe­cial year.”

The event is the key fundraiser for the foun­da­tion and in past years has brought Sarah Mclach­lan, Robin Wil­liams, Steve Martin, Seth Mey­ers, and Ringo Starr, among oth­ers, to the stage.

As for Owen, Martha said she knows he’d be smil­ing down look­ing at all the amaz­ing work done in his hon­our.

“He just was a re­ally kind per­son with a big heart and (was) very phil­an­thropic,” she said.

“I al­ways knew that he would be re­ally proud of all the good work that’s been done through the foun­da­tion in his name. What a nice le­gacy for such a won­der­ful per­son.

“What jumps out at me the most is just the re­al­iza­tion that we’ve ac­tu­ally changed peo­ple’s lives in such a pos­i­tive way, that we’ve had such a huge im­pact. I’m just over­whelmed, re­ally, with joy to know how much work we’ve been able to do.”

Se­in­feld is set to per­form two shows on the 18th — one at 6 p.m. and an­other at 9 p.m. Tick­ets to both shows are still avail­able on tick­et­mas­

For those who can’t at­tend the show, Hart said there’s an on­line auc­tion at www.har­tauc­ that also goes to help­ing the foun­da­tion.

Photo Cour­tesy of the EVENT group, postmedia files

Oje Hart, left to right, Jerry Se­in­feld, Martha Hart, and Athena Hart at the 10th an­niver­sary event of The Owen Hart Foun­da­tion. Se­in­feld is back in Cal­gary on Oct. 18 for the foun­da­tion’s 20th an­niver­sary.

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