Honourary Artistic Director: Emily Jeung
Artist: Kimberly O’Blenes
Athlete: Kim McRae
Upon meeting for the first time, Emily, Kimberly, and Kim learned that they have something in common: Healing. It is something that they have either all gone through, or are currently going through. For Emily, it is recovering from a concussion that she sustained while playing soccer. For Kimberly, it was the loss of her older sister, Gillian, to cancer just over one year ago. For Kim, it was recovering from a stress fracture in her back. To say that these girls have all had to stare adversity in the eye is an understatement.
Today, with great excitement, we launched our latest Helmets for Heroes campaign along with the Canadian Luge Association. Together, we will be educating the broad community on traumatic brain injury awareness and the importance of helmet safety.
The auction started out at $1,000, and a flurry of activity had the bid up to $2,800, when things began to get entirely out of hand.
"$5,000!", a voice from the back of the room shouted.
The crowd erupted with excitement.
From across the room, an older woman's hand went up, accompanied by a bid of $6,000.
More cheers filled the room.
At the table just to my left, a woman stood up, turned towards the crowd, and shouted "$15,000!".
In a matter of seconds, everyone in the room was on their feet, cheering exuberantly for the latest bid...