RMG Exposed was truly Out of this World. More than $30,000 was raised by 350 enthusiastic patrons at Oshawa’s McLaughlin Gallery who bid generously on 50 photographic images. The highest bid was $3,500 for this photograph by David Bastedo: a hat worn by The Hip’s Gord Downie.
I am honored that, for the fourth consecutive year, one of my photographs has been selected by jurors for this fundraiser. Monies raised support art outreach programs for students at local schools.
A crowd of fifty or more enjoyed an afternoon of music by the Duncan Cooper Trio at The Parrott Gallery, Belleville Public Library. Generously sponsored by Roli Tipper of Tipper Financial.
My personal favorite?
Poinciana written by Nat Simon in 1936, adapted from a Cuban folk tune “La canción del árbol” (“The song of the tree”). You MAY remember it from Ahmad Jamal’s performance of this song in the 1995 film The Bridges of Madison County.
Hosted by Sans Souci Restaurant in Beautiful Downtown Belleville, three recipients were recognized for their years of outstanding dedication to help others less fortunate.
This year, President Tracy Bray and the Belleville Rotary Club awarded this prestigious honor to Bill Morton, Selina Harley, and Patricia Guernsey whose actions exemplify the Rotary principle of Service Above Self.
Cory MacKay with Selina Harley
Past President Shannon Neely presents certificate to Selina Harley (shown with her adopted daughter)
Rotarian Cassandra Bonn with Bill Morton
Selina Harley’s table
Recipient Patricia Guernsey with her sweetheart
Past President Shannon Neely, President Tracy Bray, Cassandra Bonn, and Cory MacKay with Paul Harris Community Leaders Patricia Guernsey, Bill Morton, and Selina Harley
Mr. Morton of Quinte Braodcasting was nominated by Rotarian Cassandra Bonn, Ms. Guernsey of Royal Lepage was nominated by Rotary President Tracy Bray, and Selina Harley was nominated by Retired Police Chief Cory McMullan MacKay.