NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA FOUNDATION WELCOMES $1,000,000 GIFT FROM RONALD AND NANCY MANNIX

OTTAWA, June 14, 2011 /CNW/ - The National Gallery of Canada Foundation today expressed its deep gratitude to Ron and Nancy Mannix of Calgary for their generous gift of $1,000,000.

Foundation Chair, Thomas d'Aquino, said that "the Mannix gift was a most welcome contribution in support of the Gallery, Canada's pre-eminent visual arts museum and a centre of global excellence.  Ron and Nancy Mannix are well-known for their tradition of philanthropy and for their generous support of nation-building initiatives.  Canada is a better country because of their commitment to social, economic and cultural projects of importance to community and country," said Mr. d'Aquino.

Ron and Nancy Mannix are Distinguished Patrons of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation.  Their gift was announced last evening by Mr. d'Aquino at the Distinguished Patrons Soirée honouring leading supporters of the National Gallery from across Canada.  The event was attended by His Excellency David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and the evening's Patron, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.  In addition to Distinguished Patrons, the Soirée was attended by over 100 supporters of the Gallery from across Canada.

In welcoming the Mannix gift, National Gallery of Canada Director, Marc Mayer, said, "Ron and Nancy Mannix are building on a tradition of major donors from across Canada who have a great appreciation for the value of the visual arts to Canadian society and who recognize the key role of the Gallery in reaching out to Canadians.  We warmly welcome their generosity, support and commitment."

About the National Gallery of Canadian Foundation
The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is a philanthropic organization composed of a volunteer Board of Directors and supporters from across Canada and dedicated to ensuring the long term viability and success of the National Gallery of Canada.  Its primary mission is to cultivate support, to raise capital and to maintain and manage an endowment for the benefit of the National Gallery.  Its offices are located at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. For more information, visit http://www.ngcfoundation.ca/.

About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art in the world, including the extensive collection of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. The Gallery also maintains Canada's premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st century, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. To do so, it maintains the largest touring art exhibition programme in the world. For more information, visit gallery.ca.

For further information:

Thomas d'Aquino
Chair National Gallery of Canada Foundation
613-695-0833
thomas.daquino@intercounsel.ca
          Cheryl Eadie
Executive Assistant to Thomas d'Aquino
613-695-0833
cheryl.eadie@intercounsel.ca