AN EVENING IN CELEBRATION OF CANADIAN ART
Celebrate in style at the greatest party under the stars. Enjoy an elegant spring soirée amid the soaring pines featuring culinary delights, live music, dancing and online auction.
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The 2022 Moonlight Gala was a spectacular evening!
The McMichael Moonlight Gala 2022 raised more than $800,000 in support of the art of Canada, including a generous $100,000 donation from our Honorary Patron and Mayor of the City of Vaughan, the Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, P.C. Funds raised go directly towards supporting the McMichael’s community-based education programs and world-class exhibitions. THANK YOU to the donors, corporate sponsors, volunteers, and guests who made this event possible.
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John and Katia Bianchini
Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, P.C.
Mayor, City of Vaughan
Debra Fenwick and Laura Mirabella
ONLINE ART AUCTION *CLOSED FOR 2022*
A selection of artworks generously donated by Canadian artists:
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Now, more than ever, we are reimagining our commitment as a good neighbor, both out in the community and on our grounds. We believe that the McMichael is an incredibly dynamic place where people can come together, to see the world—and themselves—anew through art.
For every inspiring encounter I have with an educator, artist, parent or visitor to our museum, there are countless people making a difference in Vaughan whom we have yet to reach. It is our task and great honour to find new ways to serve our city—and all those who love it—through the transformative power of art. I look forward to continuing to update you on our shared progress.
Thank you for supporting the McMichael and helping continue to do this work as part of this community.
Ian A.C. Dejardin, Executive Director
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Welcome to the McMichael Moonlight Gala 2022. It is wonderful to be celebrating the very best of Canadian art and artists with the McMichael, a national treasure situated in the heart of Vaughan. Our communities have shown great resilience over the past two years, and we look to the healing power of art and nature to restore the spirit. I encourage everyone to spend time with friends and family at the McMichael – its lively exhibition and education programs, and spectacular grounds celebrate the richness of the arts, support the needs of our local communities, and are welcoming to all.
My profound gratitude goes to our generous community supporters on whom the continued success of this important organization relies.
Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, P.C.
Mayor, City of Vaughan
This year Katia and I are privileged and delighted to be hosting the Moonlight Gala. All of you know about and share our passion for Canadian art and understand the important role the McMichael plays in the development of Canadian artists and in celebrating the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and contemporary artists. We believe that the visual arts offer transformative experiences and will play a central role in our collective recovery. We are proud to be part of this dynamic cultural community and are always surprised and delighted at all the McMichael has to offer, here in Vaughan, and from coast to coast to coast. Thank you to all who support this important and inspiring institution, home to the art of Canada.
John and Katia Bianchini
Hatch is passionately committed to the pursuit of a better world through positive change. We believe that to be relevant in today’s world and to develop great ideas that have real impact, our engineers need to broaden their thinking. This includes redefining our relationship with the arts. We rely on creativity for the creation of everything we design and build. The traditional role of engineers as scientists, mathematicians, and builders is not enough to tackle the challenges of today’s society. We need to be renaissance engineers, and gather new ideas from a variety of influences, including the arts. It is the arts that stimulate us, encourage us, develop us, and support us in tackling today’s most vexing challenges.
Hatch is proud to be presenting the Moonlight Gala 2022 in support of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and their contribution to building a thriving creative community that benefits us all.
It is our great honour to co-chair the McMichael Moonlight Gala 2022 and after two years of disruption, we are thrilled to welcome you back. This event is taking place as families in Vaughan and communities across the GTA are emerging from the effects of the pandemic, and we look to art as a source of inspiration, resilience and joy. Our sincere thanks to Honorary Co-Chairs John and Katia Bianchini, to Hatch for their outstanding support as Presenting Sponsor, and to our Honorary Patron, the Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, P.C. Profound gratitude goes to the Moonlight Gala 2022 Committee, the McMichael Board of Trustees and the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation Board of Directors, staff and volunteers, and most of all to the McMichael’s community of sponsors, donors, and members. Thank you for your ongoing support as we look forward to a bright year ahead and a strong future at the McMichael.
Debra Fenwick and Laura Mirabella
Co-Chairs, Moonlight Gala 2022
Debra Fenwick, Co-Chair
Laura Mirabella, Co-Chair
Andrew W. Dunn
John and Katia Bianchini
Canadian Fine Arts Gallery
Jack and Penny Fenwick
Maral and Simon Hasserjian
PLEASE NOTE: This list was current of May 25, 2022. Please refer to moonlightgala.mcmichael.com for a complete listing of donors
Back by popular demand!
One of Canada’s most successful, dynamic and unique entertainment groups, Montreal Rhapsody Orchestra is known for its big sound and the energetic stage-presence of its 14-piece orchestra. We are excited for them to take the stage and crank up the party!
Humber College Musicians
The McMichael is thrilled to present live music provided by students and recent graduates from the renowned music program at Humber College. Humber’s four-year Bachelor of Music degree program is unlike any other in North America. By combining the latest recording technologies and entrepreneurial business strategies with high-level performance, production, songwriting and composition in jazz, pop, R&B, Latin, and world music, Humber graduates are well-equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in today’s music world. Thank you to Humber College’s School of Creative & Performing Arts for connecting us with the great musicians you hear this evening.
More entertainers to be announced soon!
Thank you to our past supporters and partners.
To sponsor the Moonlight Gala, please contact Kate Church at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year, the Live and Silent Auctions are always a big part of the Moonlight Gala. Our generous art-minded donors have contributed some incredible items. Stay tuned for a look at the 2021 items!
Debra Fenwick – Chair, Moonlight Gala 2021
Over the last 20 years, Debra has been involved with design and construction spanning high end residential, retail, and commercial projects. While her initial studies focused on science where she graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and then pursued Masters level courses in Ecotoxicology she was more drawn to design. After a short period of time spent in advertising, she decided to study and graduate from a FIDER accredited 3-year program in Interior Design.
Debra has a passion for great design, creative solutions, and incorporating new and cutting-edge materials into every project. She is committed to the highest level of quality in every part of the process from design concept to project completion.
Her lifelong enthusiasm for life and travel combines with the belief that good design should respond to changes and challenges, be accessible on any budget, and be an inspirational element in everyday life to incite interest, exploration, and alternative ways of thinking.
Committed to environmental issues for the last 25 years, she has acquired her LEED Accredited Professional status and promotes the incorporation of design forward, earth friendly elements into all of her designs. Her work embodies a contemporary aesthetic style with clean lines while incorporating individual customized finishes that reflect her client’s personalities or the qualities of the brand.
Doug McDonald – Chair, Foundation Board
Doug McDonald is a Partner in the Toronto office of Deloitte LLP. and a leader of the firm’s Merger & Acquisition business. McDonald has held senior positions in Canada and the United Kingdom during his career with major investment banking and professional services firms including Credit Suisse, Ernst and Young and CIBC. McDonald graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an MBA in 1982 and received his master’s degree in Medical Physiology from the University of Manitoba in 1979.
McDonald has a long-standing interest in the arts and in particular, the work of Canadian contemporary artists. He is actively involved in the community and has held Board positions with leading arts organizations and business associations.
Bio and photo coming soon.
Melani Chong has built an extensive career in the fashion and beauty industries as a professional model for Ford Models. She has also appeared as a correspondent for Fashion TV & ET Canada. Chong is a Cosmetic Chemist (SCS, SCC) and the founder of a cosmetics manufacturing company, MC2Industries Inc. Through her blog In Your Face, Chong is now sharing her expertise and knowledge with others. In 2014, she founded a scholarship for graduates of the Massey Centre who wish to continue their post-secondary education in the fields of science and technology.
For the past 20 years, Corban has dedicated himself to the world of media and marketing. His wealth of knowledge comes from hands-on experience working with national networks like the TVO, CBC, OLN, CTV, and the Discovery Channel. In 2013, Corban co-founded Pure Luxury Magazine, a Chinese luxury lifestyle magazine to service the HNWI in Canada.
With his in-depth knowledge of the consumer trends and market demands, he was able to grow the print magazine to what it is today—winning numerous awards including, Canadian Printing Awards in 2018 and National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada Award (NEPMCCA) in 2015 & 2017, and a Media Industry News (MIN) award in 2016. Within the five years of publication, Corban has successfully helped retailers understand Chinese consumer purchasing behaviours. He works closely with top luxury brands such as Chanel, Gucci, Burberry, Rolex and Tiffany & Co.
With his creative marketing background and intensive work in the multicultural communities, Corban has been selected as a jury on the 2016 Multicultural Marketing Awards. Corban is passionate about what’s happening around the globe and especially with Human Rights issues and is proud to be part of the Moonlight Gala Committee.
Dina is a 10 year veteran at Direct Interiors and it is her personal goal, as manager, to oversee that the Direct Interiors team are prepared to meet all your needs! Whatever your style, personality, budget, we’ve got something just for you! Our vast showroom and team of professionals are exactly what you need to help you dress your space. “design, fashion, style and meeting new people all the things I love under one roof”
Nella Contardi is the Director of Purchasing/Product Development at Pizzaville Inc. Contardi manages all charitable activities for the company such as Pizzaville’s “Rainy Day Fund”. She is also a volunteer with Women Against Multiple Sclerosis (WAMS) and has won many awards for her volunteer contributions including: 2006 Volunteer Recognition Award from the City of Vaughan, 2008 WAMS Honouree for providing leadership and participation in raising funds for research to end MS, and the 2008 Volunteer Service Award from the Ontario Government.
Robert Dunigan is the Head of development and deployment of cross-functional shared services and outsourcing solutions worldwide for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Dunigan also leads a strategic planning team which engages with various properties to develop long-term plans for business performance. Outside of work, Dunigan is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Hospitality Management Advisory Board for the University of New Hampshire.
Joyce Frustaglio has been an outstanding member of our community—a public servant and a resident of The City of Vaughan for over 35 years. But most of all, Joyce has been a devoted volunteer and has raised millions of dollars in support of countless Charitable Organizations.
Joyce’s motto “PEOPLE FIRST” served her well as she represented the residents of Vaughan. As a School Trustee, Regional Councillor and Deputy Mayor for almost 25 years, she has spearheaded countless initiatives that were a great benefit to the community. During this period Joyce Frustaglio became the longest-serving member of the Board of Trustees of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, as the Fundraising Chair she raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support daily programs at the gallery. In 2011 Joyce was appointed as a Citizenship and Immigration Judge, an honour bestowed to only 32 Canadians.
Philip Gevik is the Owner and Director of Gallery Phillip which features Canadian historical and Indigenous art, including works by the Indian Group of Seven. Gevik joined the Chairman’s Circle at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in 1986 and has continuously supported the gallery’s fundraising events. He is a board member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada, Friends of Canadian Art, and a lifetime member of the National Gallery of Canada.
“I am a strategic thinker and a connector. I see the forest and the trees (and the leaves and bugs). I am able to translate concepts into successful programs”.
Debra has over 30 years experience working in senior roles in some of Canada’s largest, not-for-profit institutions, such as the Toronto International Film Festival and Sinai Health System. She has worked successfully with many major philanthropists to make meaningful change. As President of Pivot Philanthropy, she is dedicated to helping philanthropists and non-profits make maximum impact.
Matthew is a member of the Corporate/Commercial Group at Aird&Berlis LLP, in Toronto. His range of experience includes advising on private equity financings, share and asset purchase transactions, corporate reorganizations, annual corporate proceedings and corporate governance matters. He holds an Honours Degree from the University of Toronto and Law Degree from the University of Leicester.
Jacoline Loewen is the Director of UBS Bank (Canada) and a published writer—focusing on topics such as strategic planning, sustainability, growth, and attracting investors. She is a regular contributor and columnist to the Globe and Mail, National Post, Thomson Reuter, Profit and was a regular panelist on BNN: The Pitch. Loewen is an active board member for a variety of organizations and committees in Toronto. She holds an arts degree in Industrial Relations from McGill University and an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Laura Mirabella is the Chief Financial Officer and City Treasurer at the City of Vaughan. Laura is an active member of her community and sits on the Board of Trustees of McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
Sheri Majdpour is well-known as an active Canadian entrepreneur, Owner and Vice President of Canada Executive Realty Inc. Brokerage. She is heavily involved in the fundraising initiatives of many boards.
With the turn of the millennium, Majdpour was proactively growing her portfolio, having the honour of working at the regional level with Soroptimist International of York Region. She headed the treasury function of this organization before being elected as Membership Chair and then appointed as President. Her commitment with Soroptimist International of York Region has continued to date, as head of the fundraising committee.
As a passionate advocate for the arts, Majdpour has been working closely with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, leading the way for its Moonlight Gala as a Silent Auction Chair, raising funds for the conservation and preservation of artworks by Canada’s most iconic artists, including the Group of Seven.
Meanwhile, she has also been involved in the healthcare sector, working with the MacKenzie Health Hospital/Joy of Aging Fundraising Team, taking over the integral role of Silent Auction Chair since 2012. Of late, she is working closely with Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance/Sunnybrook Hospital as part of its fundraising committee since 2013.
As a resident and active business woman of the Richmond Hill community for over 24 years, Majdpour is involved with the Richmond Hill Board of Trade (previously known as Chamber of Commerce) as a membership committee member since 2017.
Amongst other businesses, Majdpour is also involved in project funding as Founder and Owner of Golden Crown Group Canada Inc.
Marc Richardson Arnould
Marc started his legal career at a major international law firm – first in Montreal and then in Toronto – as an associate in the firm’s taxation department where he worked extensively on the structuring of domestic and international investment funds, public and private mergers and acquisitions, and more recently focused on tax matters related to crowdsales and cryptocurrency and token transactions.
Marc Richardson Arnould is a founding member of the Casino Against Cancer – a Montreal fundraising event for the Montreal Cancer Institute – where he headed fundraising and ticket sale initiatives.
With over 15 years of experience in PR, Mandy specializes in launching and building international luxury brands across North America. Her expertise covers all aspects of promotional activities such as activations and events, social media and influencer campaigns, and traditional media advertising.
At CANEAST, a multicultural PR and marketing agency, she oversees all ethnic marketing and PR initiatives in key markets including Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, New York, Miami and Chicago. She has led the team to win multiple awards from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Toronto Chapter for distinction and excellence in Integrated Marketing Initiatives, Community Relations and Influencer Relations.
Prior to joining CANEAST, Mandy was a TV host and journalist at OMNI National Television where she grew her interest in multicultural media and marketing. Mandy is also a seasoned timepiece and jewelry contributor for various media platforms.
Shirley Zerfas is the President of One Imaging Inc. in Markham, Ontario. Renowned for exceptional skill and a relentless drive to achieve excellence, she creates and executes complex brand strategies for her clients by enrolling people from her vast network of experts in multiple business disciplines.
Zerfas is a graduate of OCAD University, BFA and an active member of multiple business networks such as BNI Corporate Connection One, CAWEE (Canadian Association of Women Entrepreneurs and Executives), BWNYR (Business Women’s Network of York Region), and a huge supporter of young women entrepreneurs.
Explore the past,
contemplate the present,
and discover the future!
What to expect
For the 2018–2019 school year, the McMichael continues to showcase diverse, thought-provoking and engaging exhibitions that celebrate The Art of Canada*. Outstanding shows of contemporary and modernist works of art will be on display, along with the gallery’s well-known works presented through a fresh curatorial lens.
Opening this October is the internationally acclaimed exhibition David Milne: Modern Painting, showcasing Milne’s artistic development and journey into modernity as he moved from the bustling sidewalks of New York to the war-torn landscapes of Northern France. This exhibition includes several works produced for the War Memorial Fund. Coinciding with both the Milne exhibition and 100th anniversary of the Armistice, Stephen Andrews: Frames of War opens in November. This contemporary exhibition of Andrews’ war related pencil crayon artworks presents a unique opportunity to explore the impact of the Great War on Canadian history and national identity.
The continuing presentation of The Art of Canada: Director’s Cut and Indigenous galleries provides the perfect framework to celebrate the many facets of Canadian history and culture, and experience an all-encompassing picture of Canadian art.
The McMichael offers a unique learning experience, in which a refreshing synergy between art, nature and history can address a variety of curriculum expectations.
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