May 8 2013 - On May 23, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper (LOW) will host an array of notable artists at the second annual Waterkeeper Gala dinner. The event is presented by the RBC Blue Water Project and is hosted by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., President of Waterkeeper Alliance and photographer Edward Burtynsky.
Kennedy and Burtynsky will be joined by Waterkeeper supporters from the worlds of art, sports, and the environment, including Giller Prize-winning author Joseph Boyden, musicians Gord Downie and Sarah Harmer and breakout novelist Tanis Rideout. The sold-out event will be emceed by on-air personality Terry O’Reilly.
“We are so proud to be presenting this second annual gala, with its dual focus on water and the arts,” said Shari Austin, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, RBC. “Lake Ontario Waterkeeper is one of our few two-time grant recipients under the RBC Blue Water Project, and one of our most valued partners not only because it protects this magnificent lake where we live, but also because it inspires organizations across North America through its leadership and innovation.”
The 20 renowned artists who have donated their art to support the Waterkeeper initiative include: Michael Adamson, Edward Burtynsky, Laurie De Camillis, Barbara Cole, Barbara Davidson, David Grieve, Daniel Hughes, Stewart Jones, Nicole Katsuras, David Marshak, Kent Monkman, Charles Pachter, Andrew Peycha, James Prosek, Peter Rotter, Nicolas Ruel, Andrew Rucklidge, Joe Sampson, Ben Schumacher and Su Sheedy. To preview the art online or to register to bid by phone, visit the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper website. Details about the Toronto auction preview event will be announced in the coming weeks.
Launched in 2007, the RBC Blue Water Project is a 10-year global charitable commitment of $50 million to help provide access to drinkable, swimmable, fishable water, now and for future generations.