NEW YORK, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - On April 30, 2014, the Council for Canadian American Relations (CCAR) and The Consulate General of Canada in New York, presented the
inaugural Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Arts in Canada
and the United States to Jacqueline Desmarais, patron of the arts and benefactor of young musicians, and Frank Gehry, architect.
The awards were part of CCAR's 40th Anniversary Gala at a private club in New York City. Gary Doer, Ambassador of Canada to the Unites States of America, Bruce A. Heyman, Ambassador of the United States of America to Canada, and Mrs. Heyman, The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, former Prime Minister of Canada, and Mila Mulroney, The Honourable Hilary M. Weston and W. Galen Weston, Audrey and David Mirvish, and Lauren and John Veronis participated with more than 300 guests in attendance. Among them were
diplomats, artists, cultural and business leaders, and society figures,
including Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa, Ashleigh Banfield, Aszure Barton, Geoff Beattie and Amanda Lang, The Honourable Lucien Bouchard, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bronfman, Zita Cobb, Mr. and Mrs. Rupert Duchesne, Dee Dee Eustace, James D. Fleck, Peter Gelb, Ambassador and Mrs. David Jacobson, Phyllis Lambert, Robert Lepage, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Nixon, Laura Rapp and Jay Smith, Mr. and Mrs. John Rae, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Schwarzman, Ambassador and Mrs. Kenneth Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stella, Mr. Matthew Teitelbaum and Susan Cohen.
Since its creation in 1972 (originally as American Friends of Canada) by David Rockefeller and the late Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau, brought together by the late Bluma Appel, CCAR has served as an 'open door' for dialogue and understanding
between Canada and the United States though its support of the arts.
CCAR represents a consortium of donors and more than 100 cultural
beneficiary institutions ranging in size and scope. Grantees have
ranged from the Art Gallery of Ontario to MoMA, the Canadian Opera
Company to The Metropolitan Opera, and many more. Its special programs
provide forums for broader dialogue that, in turn, serve to foster
understanding and friendship between the two nations. Beginning in
2013, CCAR launched a new series of programs and events celebrating
Canadian-American collaborations through the arts to provide even
greater support for cultural organizations in the two countries.
For more information, please visit http://www.ccar-nyc.org.
Image with caption: "Council for Canadian American Relations (CCAR) co-chairs Gail O'Brien and Ellen Kratzer with John F. Prato, the Canadian Consul General in New York, and award winners Frank Gehry and Jacqueline Desmarais. (CNW Group/CCAR)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140501_C6284_PHOTO_EN_39876.jpg
For further information:
Jacob Fishbein, 212-847-9887