Council for Canadian American Relations (CCAR) Honours Jacqueline Desmarais and Frank Gehry

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.

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